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  • Curry County district is among highest for student poverty in U.S.

  • COOS BAY — A school district on Oregon's south coast has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the United States, a U.S. Census report says.
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  • COOS BAY — A school district on Oregon's south coast has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the United States, a U.S. Census report says.
    The district is Port Orford-Langlois in Curry County south of Bandon. The Census Bureau estimates about 55 percent of its 330 children are from families earning less than the poverty threshold — $18,500 for a single parent with two children.
    A bureau spreadsheet released Thursday has the district 40th among U.S. districts in 2012 with at least 100 school-age children.
    The numbers reflect a struggling economy in a heavily rural region long reliant on fishing, timber and farming.
    Two other districts in the southwest Oregon area have high student-poverty rates: 37 percent at Myrtle Point and 32 percent at Reedsport.
    Among large Oregon districts, high child poverty rates were in Ontario in Eastern Oregon, Woodburn in Marion County and David Douglas in the Portland area — all at 35 percent.
    The large Salem-Keizer school district is home to more impoverished school-age children than any other in Oregon, nearly 11,000 of age 5 to 17, the bureau reported.
    School districts with low rates are in Portland suburbs: Sherwood in Washington County, at 6 percent, or lower than 92 percent of districts nationwide, and Lake Oswego, Colton and West Linn-Wilsonville, all at 7 percent.
    The Census Bureau estimates are based largely on federal tax returns with other Census data taken into account.
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