Poverty in School Districts

Poverty rates for Lancaster County school districts ranged from 7.9 percent for Warwick to 32.6 percent for Lancaster.

Lancaster Newspapers reporter Paula Wolf is writing about recent census estimates that show poverty rates among school-age children remain higher than they were at the end of the recession.

The new estimates are for the year 2012, and they show that poverty rates for Lancaster County school districts ranged from 7.9 percent for Warwick to 32.6 percent for Lancaster.

The census’ Small Area Income and Poverty estimates, which come out every year, count children ages 5-17 who reside in a particular school district — not just those who attend public school.

While the poverty percentages seem to have stabilized here in the past few years, they’re still noticeably higher than in 2009.

School districts are making an effort to do more, whether it’s starting breakfast programs or collaborating with social-service organizations on anti-poverty initiatives.

So how does your school district compare to those in other parts of Lancaster County and Pennsylvania?

Here's a map of every Pennsylvania school district. Those with higher poverty rates are shaded in darker blue.

Note: Users can zoom in and click on any district to get detailed information including number of school-age children in poverty. You can also view a larger map here.