South Coast School District Has Highest Childhood Poverty Rate

By Jim McCoy Fri 13th December Newschildhood povertyPort Orford- Langlois District
A U.S. Census report says a school district on Oregon's south coast has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the United States. The district is Port Orford-Langlois in Curry County south of Bandon. The Census Bureau says about 55 percent of the 330 children are from families earning less than the poverty threshold - $18,500 for a single parent with two children. A bureau spreadsheet has the district 40th among U.S. districts with at least 100 school-age children. The numbers reflect a struggling economy in a heavily rural region long reliant on fishing, timber and farming. The World newspaper of Coos Bay (http://bit.ly/1jXC8qE) reports that two other districts in the area have high student-poverty rates: 37 percent at Myrtle Point and 32 percent at Reedsport.

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