Wilson 20/20 is guided by community conditions and the study of clear, objective data that describes the current state of our community.  We have developed a website that provides a review of indicators and links to numerous reports that are relevant to the health and wellness, education, and economy of Wilson.

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The characteristics of the family used to determine the poverty threshold are: number of people, number of related children under 18, and whether or not the primary householder is over age 65. Family income is then compared to the poverty threshold; if that family’s income is below that threshold, the family is in poverty.

Community Focus Areas:

  • Providing training programs and educational opportunities that focus specifically on the parents of children living in poverty as well as the populations who represent generations of poverty (Elementary school “Parent Academies” have been established to connect parents of children living in poverty with available resources in the Wilson community.)
  • Expanding evidence-based programming (such as Baby Think It Over and Making Proud Choices) to multiple school locations to provide education and experiences that will support good choices for teenage youth and reduce the number of young adults having children before they are ready to be parents
  • Developing opportunities for resource sharing and partnerships to connect the providers and leaders of workforce development programs, educational institutions, and employment support programs for more efficient communication and collaboration so that parents and caregivers who are able to work can find jobs that pay enough to support a family


Children in Poverty is the percentage of children under age 18 living in poverty. Poverty status is defined by family; either everyone in the family is in poverty or no one in the family is in poverty. Children in poverty captures an upstream measure of poverty that assesses both current and future health risk. Because it is benchmarked to federal poverty thresholds, it is an absolute measure of poverty, and an effective predictor of adverse health outcomes. Children are at a greater risk for poverty, so this measure is more sensitive to changes in poverty levels.

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
www.countyhealthrankings.com

Note: Data is measured annually.


Community Focus Areas:

  • All schools have installed secure entry systems on the doors of every school in the district.
  • Schools are equipped with panic buttons to be used in the event of emergency situations on a school campus.
  • Active Assailant Training and Parent Reunification Training exercises have been conducted to improve the response of all personnel in the case of an emergency situation on a school campus.
  • Wilson Police Officers have developed and expanded the Police Athletic League to build positive relationships and provide safe activities for at-risk youth in the Wilson area.
  • Wilson Police Officers are serving as mentors and tutors for at-risk youth to encourage positive decisions and respectful behavior at an early age.
  • Enhancing emergency response process
  • Wilson Police Department developed the Police Athletic League
  • Wilson Police Officers assigned to patrol, investigations, narcotics, K9, Problem Oriented Response Team, Strategic Traffic Enforcement Team, Special Response Team, and many other support functions.


Violent Crime is the number of violent crimes reported per 100,000 population. Violent crimes are defined as offenses that involve face-to-face confrontation between the victim and the perpetrator, including homicide, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
www.countyhealthrankings.com

Note: Data is measured annually.


Community Focus Areas:

  • Identifying ways to encourage and offer same day registration for unregistered voters
  • Promoting and increasing access for early voting


Voter participation, or voter turnout, is the percentage of eligible voters who cast a ballot in an election. Voter participation in Wilson County usually meets or exceeds the state average for each election.

Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections
http://www.ncsbe.gov/

Note: Data is measured every four years.