Child poverty rate in San Diego Unified School District increased significantly to 22.3 percent last year. It has been increasing steadily since 2007, when the poverty rate was 17 percent. The increase in poverty mirrors a national trend, where child poverty rate increased in one of five counties in the nation during the recession from 2007 to 2010. However, a sharper increase in poverty in San Diego Unified occurred last year, as the number of school-age children between 5 and 17 years residing within the district fell by more than 13,000, whilst the number of children in poverty increased by more than a thousand. This brings the San Diego Unified poverty level above the national poverty rate of 19.8 percent for all school-age children.
Over the past decade, San Diego Unified now has the lowest number of school-age children and the highest poverty rate.