One subway stop can make a staggering difference to NYC children living in poverty. 

Citizens' Committee for Children of New York
Community Risk Ranking: The Upper East Side vs. East Harlem


For many children, New York City is a great place to grow up. Just 2 percent of children on the Upper East Side, for example, live in poverty. Upper East Side parents have stable employment and a median family income of close to a quarter-million dollars.

For children born just a couple of blocks away on the north side of East 96th Street, it’s a different story. More than half of the children in East Harlem live in poverty—making them a staggering 25 times more likely to live in poverty than kids on the Upper East Side. Nearly two-thirds of East Harlem parents struggle with employment, and the median income for families with children is a stunning ten times lower than that of families one subway stop away.

These statistics are shocking and disturbing – but they are not etched in stone. Our data and research work aims to uncover and bring attention to inequities like these so that we can work with our partners across the city and state to fix them.

To support our work and help create a more equitable city, please make a tax-deductible contribution to CCC today.

From our annual Community Risk Ranking study and regular updates of our online Keeping Track database, to our biannual Keeping Track of New York City’s Children print publication and special community-based reports, we are constantly striving to uncover the facts about our city’s children and families. We then use that data to advocate for evidence-based solutions that will help all children and families access the opportunities they deserve.

We are particularly excited about our new qualitative research work, which engages residents, service providers, and community leaders in individual communities in a comprehensive analysis of existing resources and needs to inform our advocacy to help those communities thrive. This work resulted in the release earlier this year of our report on Brownsville, Brooklyn, and is continuing with similar projects in Washington Heights and on the North Shore of Staten Island.

Please donate to CCC today to ensure this work continues and expands.


Together, we can use the facts to ensure progress and opportunities for children are not divided by a street like East 96th Street, but spread throughout all the 59 communities that make up the five boroughs of New York City.


Jennifer March, PhD
Executive Director


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