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Demographics
WHO ARE COOPER’S FAMILIES?

Cooper’s programs address the needs of children and their families living in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain. Most of the families are either low-income and/or single parents. Cooper is located in the heart of the highest concentration of public housing in Massachusetts, with fewer resources available than in other parts of the city.

According to a recent Census, Lower Roxbury is approximately 70% African-American, 20% Hispanic, 7% Caucasian, and 2% Asian. This neighborhood is unusually youthful—more than 33% of the population is under the age of 18, with 14% under the age of 10. Almost 20% of the babies are born to teen mothers. This area is among Boston’s poorest, with a mean household income of less than $20,000. Of working families, 66% earn less than $20,000/year with 37% living in poverty. Low cost, year around childcare is critical to this neighborhood.

Family Composition

Family Income

44% of families served live at or below the poverty level
Over 90% are eligible for free or reduced lunch


WHO ARE COOPER’S CHILDREN?

Age:1 month – 2.9 years:16%
2.9 – 6 years:54%
5 – 12 years:30%
Gender:Female:63%
Male:37%
Ethnicity:African-American:69%
African:14% (primarily Nigerian)
Latino:8%
Other:9%
Family Structure:Single parent family:80%
Two parent family:10%
Grandparent family:5%
Foster family:5%

Hattie B. Cooper Community Center | 1891 Washington Street | Roxbury, Massachusetts 02118 | 617.445.1813