Poverty in Westchester
Westchester County, NY, home to some of the wealthiest families in the nation, is also home to some of the poorest. Westchester has the 13th highest median family income of any county and boasts 10 of our nation’s wealthiest communities. However, according to the Westchester Children’s Association, nearly 26% of Westchester children and young adults live in poor or low-income homes. County-wide 32% of Westchester school children qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. That number is starkly higher in communities such as Mt. Vernon, Port Chester, and Yonkers where the number approaches 7 in 10 children. Approximately one-third of all households spend at least 35% of their income on housing, and in some low-income communities, the vast majority of residents spend more than 30% of their income on rent. In such circumstances, families have fewer resources making new clothing and new school supplies a luxury they cannot afford.