5 things to remember when talking about Flint's water crisis

Oct 2, 2015

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The city of Flint has seen better days. Not only did the county just declare a public health emergency due to toxic drinking water in some homes, Flint was named the third most dangerous city in the U.S. earlier this week. 

If you haven’t been paying attention to what’s happening in Flint, you should be. Here are some things to keep in mind when you do:  

  • Over half of the city’s population is black
  • Nearly half of the population is living below the federal poverty level 
  • One in four people living in Flint is under the age of 18
  • Only 11% of Flint residents over the age of 25 have a Bachelor’s degree or higher compared to 25.9% of Michigan residents
  • The median household income in Flint? $24,834. That’s compared to a median income of $48,411 for the entire state of Michigan 

If you've missed any part of the Flint water story, you can get caught up to date here. Michigan Radio will continue to provide round-the-clock coverage of this issue and more online as well as on the air.