DC is burdened by extreme poverty. Family incomes in Ward 7 are stagnant. In Ward 8, despite a 54 percent citywide increase in average family income since 1980 (adjusted for inflation), family incomes are below 1980 levels.
- DC's Ward 7 and Ward 8 are plagued by various types of inequality.
- Incomes in the area are stagnant, or less than those earned by residents in 1980.
- The economic output of the entire DC area is significantly impacted by imbalance in Wards 7 and 8.