My first Magazine MercyFirst: Community Portrait_2016 - Page 5

4 Key Findings Bay Ridge & Dyker Heights (Brooklyn) Income & Occupation Human Development Index Score Bay Ridge & Dyker Heights has an HD Index score of 6.31, higher than the Port Richmond, Stapleton & Mariner’s Harbor and the NYC average. Nearly 22 percent of the Bay Ridge & Dyker Heights residents live below the official poverty line, and median personal earnings, $38,570 is slightly above the NYC average, $37,339. Half of all the households spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent or other housing related costs. Management, busi- ness, science and the art occupations account for the largest share of employment (39.4 percent), followed by sales and office (24.2 percent), service occupations (20.7 percent), production, transportation & material moving (8.8 percent), natural resources, construction and maintenance (6.9 percent). Health Bay Ridge & Dyker Heights residents enjoy slightly lon- ger lives than the NYC average, 81.5 years compared to 80.6 years. Education The share of adults (% of adults 25+) who completed a high school and some college in Bay Ridge & Dyker Heights is 37.6 percent, which is below the NYC’s average of 44.7 percent and well lower than Port Richmond of 49 percent. The share of 3-and 4-year- olds who attend preschool is 58.5 percent, and the school enrollment rate (% ages 3 to 24 in school), 81.6 percent are both slightly above the Port Richmond, Stapleton & Mariner’s Harbor (78.2 percent). Risks to Children The rate of child poverty in Bay Ridge & Dyker Heights is 23.2 percent, lower than NYC average (28.3 percent) and Port Richmond, Stapleton & Mariner’s Harbor (28.8. per­cent), and rate of children living with a single mother is 5.1 percent, which is lower than the NYC average of 8.7 percent and well below the Port Rich- mond, Stapleton & Mariner’s Harbor rate of 13.2. Bay Ridge & Dyker Heights outpaces the HD Index Score (6.31) of Port Richmond, Stapleton & Mariner’s Harbor (5.52) and the NYC average (5.54). In Bay Ridge & Dyker Heights only 20 children (total # ages 0-17) are homeless well below the NYC average of 332 children and Port Richmond, Stapleton & Mariner’s Harbor (440). Despite having a higher HD Index score compared to NYC’s average, slightly higher median personal earnings and lower child poverty, the rate of child abuse in Dyker Heights & Bay Ridge is 37 percent, slightly higher than Port Richmond, Stapleton & Mariner’s Harbor (36.2 percent) and similar to NYC’s average (37.7 percent).