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A Neighborhood in Need

Demographic information from the 2010 census confirms a high level of poverty, unemployment, and other indicators of need within the Bates Place Neighborhood (bounded by Division Avenue, Wealthy Street, Fuller Avenue, and Hall Street):

Neighborhood Demographic Information (from 2010 census information)

Living Below Poverty Level – 30.4% (Grand Rapids, 21.9%)

Unemployment – 31.0% (Grand Rapids, 17.5%)

Vacant Housing Units – 20.0% (Grand Rapids, 10.5%)

Owner Occupied Housing Units – 36.4% (Grand Rapids, 50.1%)

Teen Birth Rate – 8.4% (Grand Rapids, 5.3%)

Percentage of mothers without a high school diploma – 46.6% (Grand Rapids, 32.9%)

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