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Study Reveals Stark Income Disparities and Widespread Stress in Northern Manhattan

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English proficiency is very uneven in the area.

In northern Manhattan, median income is rising, the poverty rate is falling, and rates of employment are going up.

That sounds like good news – and it is. But it’s not the full story.

The median income for Whites in Central Harlem is triple that of Latinos, a gap even wider than the 2:1 ratio that prevails citywide. Black households in Central Harlem, West Harlem and Washington Heights earn significantly less than Black householders elsewhere in the city.

The poverty rate in all three areas remains higher than the citywide rate, and for Black residents it is a stunning 30 percent, much higher than the 21 percent citywide rate for Black households.

Meanwhile, the benefit of those high employment numbers is tempered by the fact that, “Workers in Washington Heights, in particular, tend to be over-represented in the low paying fields of retail and hospitality (accommodation and food services) and under-represented in higher paying jobs such as those in finance and real-estate.”

That’s according to a new report by the Citizens Committee for Children that combines a deep dive into neighborhood data with a

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