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Makris. A larger percentage of children older than 5 are below the poverty level than those who are younger than 5, once again demonstrating the tendency of advantaged families to leave Hoboken as their children become older. 8 percent are below poverty level. According to a local realtor interviewed for this study who tracks real estate data, the average sales price of a three-bedroom apartment in Hoboken in September 2012 was $800,000; the average sales price of a two-bedroom apartment was $525,000.

While there are 2,184 white children under 5, there are only 740 white children between the ages of 5 and 9, there are 287 white children between the ages of 10 and 14, and 183 white teenagers age 15–17 (US Census Bureau, 2012). 1 “The Stroller Mafia,” Hoboken (January 2013). Source: M. Makris. A larger percentage of children older than 5 are below the poverty level than those who are younger than 5, once again demonstrating the tendency of advantaged families to leave Hoboken as their children become older.

Low-income urban neighborhoods have experienced disinvestment, marginalization, and neglect, which influences the environment and education of children in these communities (Anyon, 1997, Wacquant, 2008). , 2007). These changes could benefit children from low-income families in a community such as Hoboken. As Ellen and Turner (1997) maintained, public school quality is one piece of the political economy of place that is of particular importance because children from low-income backgrounds are likely to have parents who cannot afford to send them to private school and may not have the educational background themselves to supplement a subpar education.

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