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Columbia, South Carolina

One of the unique characteristics of the Booker Washington Heights neighborhood is that the per capita income of residents here is lower than that found in 99.7% of the neighborhoods in America. Also of note, 75.8% of the children in this area live in poverty; an extraordinarily high percentage compared to other neighborhoods in the nation. In a nation where approximately one in four children grows up in poverty, this neighborhood stands out for the depth of the problem manifested here.

In addition, whether by choice, divorce, or unplanned pregnancy, single moms may have the toughest job in the book. The Booker Washington Heights neighborhood has more single mother households than 96.0% of the neighborhoods in the U.S. Often high concentrations of single mother homes can be a strong indicator of family and social issues such as poverty, high rates of school dropouts, crime, and other societal problems.

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