Childhood Lead Poisoning

Rhode Island Numbers

  • An estimated 80% of Rhode Island homes were built before 1978 and likely contain lead-based paint which is the most common source of lead exposure to children in Rhode Island.
  • Cities where the child poverty level is greater than 15% are designated as core cites. more
  • Although Rhode Island cities and towns have experienced a dramatic decline in incidence over the last ten years, cases of lead poisoning continue to concentrate in the core cities.

Note: Data are based on venous tests and confirmed capillary tests.