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Child Poverty in the Southwest Areas. October 5, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jhickey50 @ 9:35 pm

     Childhood poverty effects economics, crime, and health in this area in Chicago.  Economically, childhood poverty produces mass amounts of adults below the poverty line.  After so many years of necessity people do what needs to be done to get money.  Therefore, in order to survive residents may resort to stealing, violent acts, and drug dealing, among many other criminal activities.  Being born into poverty there is more of a chance to grow up and accept being poor.  Because of this, most citizens probably will not have sufficient funds for health care.  Also, children born into poverty have less of a healthy “health capital”.

Little Village

     From the 2005 census estimate, there are 95,000 people living in Little Village, making it the second largest population out of 77 neighborhoods in Chicago.  The schools in Little Village have a dropout rate of 61% and is the most over-crowded in Chicago.  This may be due to the fact that it is the 23rd poorest community out of the 77 areas.  The unemployment rate is 11.1% according to the Illinois Department of Labor, which would explain an increase in crime.  Due to the increasing crime rate there is an effect on the health capital of children growing up in Little Village, negatively. 


     Austin is the largest land area of the 77 Chicago communities.  There is a lot of poverty in this area.  Because of this, crime is becoming a major issue.  Examples of the crimes in this area are substance trafficking, a high murder rate, and gang activity.  Austin is known as one of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods in Chicago.  In Spring 2007, Austin Community Academy High School closed.  This indirectly led to a massive increase in the crime throughout the community.  The health capital is also not superb in Austin because of the murder rate, drug intake, and distractions to young children trying to succeed.  All in all, this specific community has the common problems among the other southwest poverty stricken areas.

North Lawndale

     North Lawndale ranks 10 out of 77 for the poorest Chicago communities.  More than half of all children under 18 years of age in this neighborhood were living under the poverty line in 1990.  According to the Chicago Department of Public Health, 45.2% of North Lawndale’s population lived below the poverty line in 2000.  This determines that the crime rate is high, and many of the citizens make below the median income.  The average rental price is 1,150 dollars.  Some may be able to afford this, some might not.  Parents not being able to afford housing could influence a growing child to spend more time working than on school-work, or even become angry and create problems for other citizens by being in a gang or selling drugs.

      In conclusion, we have learned that since the areas we investigated were heavily poverty-stricken, it affects the education, employment, crime, and health in these areas.  Due to unemployment, children may feel the need to find a job on their own and neglect school in order to support the family.  This leads to a high drop-out rate, increase in crime because of drug dealing for money, and less of an income because of lack of education.  Poverty effects health in terms of gang violence lowering your life expectancy, and of drugs on the body.  All in all, poverty is a main source of the problems in low income areas.


5 Responses to “Child Poverty in the Southwest Areas.”

  1. jhickey50 Says:

    Posted by Dan Bassill, Tutor/Mentor Connection

    You all seem to be learning a lot more about Chicago. I encourage you to visit the tutor/mentor blog and see how we create maps and graphics to go with our blog articles. http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/search/label/maps

    You can use the Program Locator at http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net to zoom into the neighborhoods you are researching, and create map views that show the level of poverty, poor schools, and tutor/mentor programs. If you create a screen shot and convert this to a jpg using Adobe Photoshop, you can upload the map to the blog, just as I do.

  2. jhickey50 Says:

    This particular blog was well written. I liked how you were to the point and you included statistics. You provided reasons as to why there is a high percentage of poverty in these areas. Just by reading this post, I had an understanding of the area as a whole.

    *Paris *

  3. jhickey50 Says:

    Dividing the three neighborhoods up was a good idea. It made it more distinctive and easier to read the facts.


  4. jhickey50 Says:

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. It was nicely organized and appealing to the reader. You also provided many interesting facts. I think people will learn a lot from this blog and the others you have posted. Keep up the good work!


  5. jhickey50 Says:

    The facts and statistics that were used here are very helpful in making the reader understand just how bad the area is here. The titles of each section make it easier to read and know which area is being examined. I enjoyed reading this blog because I was unaware of all the high school drop outs and crime rate that goes on here. Also the layout of the page makes it more eye catching=)


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