Stark County Statistics

(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.