Making Connections--a 10-year Casey initiative--developed an unusually rich database of demographic, economic and social information that permits researchers to examine aspects of neighborhood change that have never been studied in as much depth before. This report reviews and summarizes data from 2000 through 2007 about resident families that includes standard demographic, employment and income variables; asset holdings and debts; public assistance patterns; social linkages; and attitudes about neighborhood conditions and services.
Public research gives a unique look at Making Connections Neighborhoods
Findings & Stats
Minority growth as a percent of the population continues as 24% of the U.S. population were minorities in 1990, 31% in 2000 and 33% in 2006.
Child Poverty Continues
The child poverty rate, which has been considerably higher throughout the MC sites, dropped from 19% in 1900 to 17% in 2000 but then increased to a troubling 20% in 2006.
Diploma Dearth Decreases
For the United States as a whole, the share of adults without a high school diploma dropped from 25% in 1990 to 19.6% in 2000, and to 16% in 2006.
Statements & Quotations
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Making Connections initiative springs from a deep appreciation of how larger metropolitan conditions and trends influence success in transforming isolated low-income neighborhoods into healthy, family-supporting environments.
The share of adults with college degrees is often taken as an indicator of an area’s ability to be on the leading edge of economic development. Nationally, this share grew from 20 percent in 1990 to 24 percent in 2000 and to 27 percent in 2006; the MC county averages were higher at 24, 29, and 31 percent, respectively.
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