Poverty in Arizona

What is the poverty rate in Arizona?
The poverty rate in Arizona is 17.0%. One out of every 5.9 residents of Arizona lives in poverty.

How many people in Arizona live in poverty?
1,128,046 of 6,654,096 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Arizona compare to the national average?
Arizona ranks 43rd in Poverty Rate at 17.0%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Arizona is moderately higher than the national average of 14.6%.

Arizona Poverty Rate County Map

Arizona County Poverty Rate Comparison

Arizona Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Arizona?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Arizona is 16.0%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Arizona is 17.9%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Arizona

Female residents of Arizona are moderately(11%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

522,398 of 3,275,200 males in Arizona live below the poverty line.

605,648 of 3,378,896 females in Arizona live below the poverty line.

Arizona Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Arizona By Age?

Arizona Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Arizona Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 26.2%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 24.5%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 21.4%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 16.7%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 10.2%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 8.9%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 11.2%.

Historical Arizona Poverty Rate

Arizona Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

17.4% 15.3%

2011

19.0% 8.0% 15.9%

2012

18.7% 1.0% 15.9%

2013

18.6% 0.0% 15.8%

2014

18.2% 2.0% 15.5%

2015

17.4% 5.0% 14.7%

2016

16.4% 6.0% 14.0%

2017

14.9% 10.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Arizona Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

277,676

22.6% 25.2% 4.1%

American Indian

291,691

35.7% 26.8% 4.3%

Asian

209,129

13.1% 11.9% 3.1%

Pacific Islander

12,220

21.7% 19.0% 0.2%

Other

463,095

26.9% 23.8% 6.8%

Two Or More Races

230,591

18.4% 18.4% 3.4%

White

3,715,012

10.9% 10.3% 54.6%

Hispanic

2,050,972

25.1% 22.2% 30.1%

What's the Poverty Rate in Arizona By Race?

22.6% of Black residents of Arizona live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Arizona is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 62,682 of 277,676 black Arizonans live below the poverty line. Approximately 4.1% of the total population of Arizona are black.

13.1% of Asian residents of Arizona live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Arizona is the same as than the national average. 27,329 of 209,129 asian Arizonans live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.1% of the total population of Arizona are asian.

10.9% of White residents of Arizona live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Arizona is the same as than the national average. 405,553 of 3,715,012 white Arizonans live below the poverty line. Approximately 54.6% of the total population of Arizona are white.

25.1% of Hispanic residents of Arizona live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Arizona is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 513,987 of 2,050,972 hispanic Arizonans live below the poverty line. Approximately 30.1% of the total population of Arizona are hispanic.

Arizona Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in Arizona can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 22.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Arizona residents enrolled in school is moderately higher than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 385,856 of 1,690,120 Arizonans enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 24.8% of the total population of Arizona are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 14.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Arizona residents not enrolled in school is moderately higher than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 675,873 of 4,717,115 Arizonans not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 69.3% of the total population of Arizona are currently not enrolled in school.

Poverty for younger ages in Arizona is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 19.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Arizona residents enrolled in nursery school is slightly higher than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 16,604 of 84,511 Arizonans enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.2% of the total population of Arizona is currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 25.0%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Arizona residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is moderately higher than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 89,626 of 358,063 Arizonans enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.3% of the total population of Arizona are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

Poverty for developing children and young adults in Arizona can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 22.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Arizona residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is moderately higher than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 80,088 of 357,471 Arizonans enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.2% of the total population of Arizona are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 21.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Arizona residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is meaningfully higher than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 79,697 of 369,789 Arizonans enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.4% of the total population of Arizona are currently enrolled in high school (grades 9-12).

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 23.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Arizona residents enrolled in undergraduate school is slightly higher than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 84,822 of 355,618 Arizonans enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.2% of the total population of Arizona are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 17.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Arizona residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is slightly higher than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 13,786 of 78,521 Arizonans enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.2% of the total population of Arizona is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Arizona Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of Arizona born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

16.0%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Arizona who were born citizens of the United States is 16.0%.

23.2%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Arizona who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 23.2%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Arizona born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Foreign-born residents of Arizona have a higher poverty rate than those who were born US citizens.

Of the 5,759,273 residents of Arizona who were born citizens of the United States, 920,207 (16.0%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 207,839 (23.2%) of 894,823 residents of Arizona who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Arizona Poverty Rate By City

Arizona Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Anthem

7th

4.4% 22,980

Apache Junction

116th

20.4% 38,452

Arizona City

114th

20.4% 11,030

Avondale

88th

16.3% 81,590

Avra Valley

109th

19.9% 5,227

Benson

145th

25.9% 4,916

Bisbee

146th

26.3% 5,261

Buckeye

64th

12.9% 62,090

Bullhead City

106th

19.3% 39,824

Camp Verde

128th

22.8% 11,091

Casa Grande

101st

17.9% 52,501

Casas Adobes

47th

10.0% 68,919

Catalina Foothills

21st

6.2% 50,202

Catalina

46th

9.9% 7,751

Cave Creek

27th

7.5% 5,423

Chandler

39th

9.1% 245,160

Chinle

198th

49.0% 5,698

Chino Valley

66th

13.1% 11,155

Citrus Park

3rd

2.3% 4,924

Coolidge

137th

24.2% 12,221

Corona de Tucson

2nd

1.8% 7,583

Cottonwood

115th

20.4% 11,634

Doney Park

28th

7.6% 5,522

Douglas

165th

31.9% 16,576

Drexel Heights

110th

19.9% 28,187

Eagar

60th

11.9% 4,894

El Mirage

93rd

17.0% 34,400

Eloy

166th

32.5% 17,537

Flagstaff

123rd

21.7% 69,903

Florence

77th

14.6% 26,066

Flowing Wells

144th

25.4% 14,972

Fort Mohave

50th

10.7% 14,583

Fortuna Foothills

51st

10.8% 28,200

Fountain Hills

9th

4.9% 24,047

Gilbert

19th

5.9% 232,176

Glendale

112th

20.3% 241,543

Globe

111th

20.2% 7,341

Golden Valley

129th

23.3% 8,694

Goodyear

36th

8.7% 74,953

Green Valley

12th

5.5% 21,912

Guadalupe

169th

32.7% 6,270

Holbrook

124th

22.0% 5,005

Kingman

107th

19.4% 28,855

Lake Havasu City

57th

11.4% 53,463

Lake Montezuma

117th

20.5% 5,013

Litchfield Park

45th

9.7% 5,686

Marana

34th

8.2% 41,720

Maricopa

32nd

8.1% 46,248

Mesa

84th

15.8% 479,317

New Kingman-Butler

159th

30.0% 13,060

New River

13th

5.5% 14,847

Nogales

156th

29.4% 20,233

Oro Valley

16th

5.8% 42,889

Page

97th

17.4% 7,515

Paradise Valley

15th

5.8% 13,961

Paulden

91st

16.7% 5,064

Payson

58th

11.7% 15,338

Peoria

33rd

8.2% 161,383

Phoenix

118th

20.9% 1,574,421

Picture Rocks

70th

13.7% 8,666

Prescott Valley

80th

15.0% 41,995

Prescott

73rd

13.9% 41,468

Queen Creek

29th

7.9% 33,298

Rincon Valley

20th

5.9% 6,151

Rio Rico

82nd

15.8% 18,891

Saddlebrooke

8th

4.8% 10,300

Safford

95th

17.2% 9,662

Sahuarita

22nd

6.5% 28,257

San Luis

150th

27.5% 31,509

San Tan Valley

56th

11.4% 90,665

Scottsdale

37th

8.9% 239,283

Sedona

54th

10.9% 10,246

Show Low

113th

20.4% 10,860

Sierra Vista Southeast

59th

11.7% 15,591

Sierra Vista

76th

14.2% 43,585

Snowflake

68th

13.3% 5,668

Somerton

155th

29.2% 15,508

South Tucson

193rd

46.2% 5,624

Summit

164th

31.4% 5,349

Sun City West

24th

6.8% 25,085

Sun City

41st

9.1% 39,000

Sun Lakes

14th

5.6% 14,800

Surprise

42nd

9.1% 129,534

Tanque Verde

10th

5.1% 16,197

Tempe

121st

21.3% 178,339

Thatcher

83rd

15.8% 4,982

Three Points

154th

29.1% 5,453

Tolleson

130th

23.3% 7,052

Tuba City

162nd

31.1% 9,022

Tucson Estates

81st

15.3% 12,047

Tucson

134th

24.1% 530,905

Vail

38th

8.9% 11,735

Valencia West

65th

13.0% 11,468

Verde Village

100th

17.9% 12,584

Village of Oak Creek (Big Park)

26th

7.1% 6,436

Wickenburg

75th

14.2% 6,906

Williamson

11th

5.2% 5,108

Winslow

140th

24.7% 9,517

Youngtown

127th

22.7% 6,625

Yuma

92nd

16.9% 93,851

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