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photo: Bobbie Hunger

A legacy of unhealthy housing conditions, inadequate food and air pollution take an unfair toll on kids in Providence.

 

61% – Percent of children in Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls and Woonsocket (RI’s “Four Core Cities”) entering kindergarten who tested positive for lead levels of 5 or more in 2004.

7% – Percent of children in RI’s Four Core Cities entering kindergarten who tested positive for lead levels of 5 or more in 2024.

39% – Percent of all Rhode Island children ages 2 to 16 diagnosed as overweight or obese.

50% – Percent of Providence children ages 2 to 16 diagnosed as overweight or obese.

2,245 – Babies born to Providence residents in 2022.

39,903 – Number of Providence children protected by RIte Care or other subsidized health care coverage.

50,963 – Children ages 0 to 19 living in Providence in 2020.

 

Sources:

U.S. Census Bureau, Community Profile for Providence, RI 2020 Census data

RI KIDSCount 2023 Factbook, Health data section