Data Points

Percentage of black children in Bay Area counties

(Photo courtesy of KIDS COUNT Network)

Solano County had the highest percentage of black children among its population in 2018.

Thirteen percent of residents younger than 17 years old was black in Solano County. That compares with 10.1 percent in Alameda County and 4.9 percent in San Francisco, according to data from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

Here’s how the counties rank by percent of black children in the child population.

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1. Solano County — 13%
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2. Alameda County — 10.1%
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3. Contra Costa County — 8.8%
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4. San Francisco — 4.9%
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5. Marin County — 2.1%
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6. Santa Clara County — 2%
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7. San Mateo County — 1.7%
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8. Napa County — 1.3%
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9. Sonoma County — 1.3%

1. Solano County

13%

2. Alameda County

10.1%

3. Contra Costa County

8.8%

4. San Francisco

4.9%

5. Marin County

2.1%

6. Santa Clara County

2%

7. San Mateo County

1.7%

8. Napa County

1.3%

9. Sonoma County

1.3%

The percentage of African American children in Solano County has risen from 12.5 percent in 2014, while numbers fell in most other counties. The largest drop was in Alameda County, with a 1.4 percent decrease from 2014 to 2018. 

Housing prices are playing a part in the falling numbers of African American children, said Kelly Hardy, senior managing director of health and research for Children Now, a children’s advocacy group in Oakland. 

“As we’ve seen the housing market go up again, black families are being priced out of the greater Bay Area,” she said.

 Source: KIDS COUNT Data Center, The Annie E. Casey Foundation