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Most of King County’s low-income students attend school in the South Region.

Students in families where income is up to 185% of federal poverty guidelines qualify for free or reduced-price school meals and are considered “low-income”. In the 2014-15 school year:

  • More than 60% of King County's low-income students were enrolled in 6 South Region school districts - Tukwila, Highline, Federal Way, Auburn, Renton, and Kent. Seattle accounted for another 20%.
  • More than half of students in the Tukwila, Skykomish, Highline, Federal Way, Auburn, Renton, and Kent school districts qualified for free and reduced-price meals.
  • The numbers (and percentages) of low-income children in the Seattle and Bellevue districts continue to decline slowly. Both cities are increasingly unaffordable for families with children.