Stark County Statistics

Out of the 165,462 total housing units available, 62% are owner occupied and 28% are renter occupied. 49.3% of renters are in unaffordable housing, reducing their ability to purchase essential goods & services.

3% of residents do not finish 9th grade and 10.9% do not graduate high school.

13.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Stark County, OH (364,905 people) live below the poverty line.

In Stark County in 2015, the infant mortality rate was 4.8 per 1,000 live births.

Statistics obtained from:
www.communitysolutions.com
www.factfinder.census.gov
www.opendatanetwork.com
https://datausa.io/profile/geo/stark-county-oh
http://www.odh.ohio.gov/


(Updated July 2013)

Education

  • Stark County ranked 45 of 88 Ohio counties with 45% of county children enrolled in school qualifying for free or reduced-fee lunch in 2011. (KidsCount.org., The Annie E. Casey Foundation, extracted from Ohio Department of Education)

  • As of October 2012, 76% of Alliance City School students, 84% of Canton City School students and 65% of Massillon City School students qualify for free or reduced-fee lunches (Ohio Department of Education)

Family & Financial Stability

  • In 2012, 31.5% of Stark County residents, including 14% of women and 25.9% of children under the age of 5, live below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (Association of Community Action Agencies’ State of Poverty 2012 report)

  • Since the recession hit in 2007 the cost of meeting basic needs in Ohio has increased by 23%, while the median income has increased by 2% (Association of Community Action Agencies’ State of Poverty 2012 report)

  • In Ohio, the poverty level increased by 57.7% between 1999 and 2011 (Association of Community Action Agencies’ State of Poverty 2012 report)

  • In Stark County, 23.4% of the population are either unbanked (no checking or savings account) or under-banked  (CFED-Corporation for Enterprise Development, US Department of Treasury)

  • As of April 2013, the monthly unemployment rates are: Stark County 7%, State of Ohio 6.7%, United States 7.1% (Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services)

  • The number of children under 5 years living below the poverty level has increased in Stark County to nearly 27%, or more than 1 in 4 (US Census, 2007-2011 American Community Survey)

Health & Basic Needs

  • In 2012, the top two most requested resources from United Way’s 2-1-1 help line were for food at 17% of total annual calls, and for rent at 14% of calls last year (United Way of Greater Stark County’s 2-1-1 Information & Referral Annual Report, 2012)

  • In 2011, 29% of all children in Stark County were receiving government SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits (Association of Community Action Agencies’ State of Poverty 2012 report)

  • In 2012, more than 1 in every 6 people in Stark County received government food assistance from Stark County Department of Job & Family Services (Stark County Department of Job & Family Services)

  • According to the federal Center for Disease Control, 34% of Stark County third-graders were either overweight or obese in 2009-10 (Stark County Community Health Improvement Plan, November 2012)

  • In Stark County, more than 21% of all third-grade students in 2010 had untreated dental decay (KidsCount.org, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, excerpted from Ohio Department of Health, Oral Health Surveillance System)

Eastern Stark County

  • As of October 2012, 76% of Alliance City School Students qualified for a free or reduced lunch during the 2011-12 school year (Ohio Department of Education)

  • Almost half of children in Alliance under 5-years, 43%, are living in poverty (US Census, 2007-2011 American Community Survey)

Western Stark County

  • As of October 2012, the number of Massillon City School students who qualified for a free or reduced lunch increased during the 2012-13 school year to 65% (Ohio Department of Education)

  • In Massillon, more than 1 in 4 children under 5-years, 28%, are living in poverty (US Census, 2007-2011 American Community Survey)

Click here » for Stark County 2-1-1 Information & Referral statistics.

Click here » to see The Repository's article about poverty in Stark County.