Poverty in Mesa, Arizona

What is the poverty rate in Mesa, Arizona?
The poverty rate in Mesa is 15.8%. One out of every 6.3 residents of Mesa lives in poverty.

How many people in Mesa, Arizona live in poverty?
75,351 of 475,663 Mesa residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the poverty rate in Mesa compare to the rest of Arizona?
The Poverty Rate across the state of Arizona is 17.0%, meaning Mesa has a slightly lower than average percentage of residents below the poverty line when compared to the rest of Arizona.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Historical Mesa, Arizona Poverty Rate

Mesa, Arizona Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

15.1% 15.3%

2011

16.9% 11.0% 15.9%

2012

17.6% 3.0% 15.9%

2013

16.6% 5.0% 15.8%

2014

15.1% 9.0% 15.5%

2015

17.2% 13.0% 14.7%

2016

16.8% 1.0% 14.0%

2017

15.0% 12.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Mesa, Arizona Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

17,320

23.9% 25.2% 3.6%

American Indian

10,911

25.0% 26.8% 2.3%

Asian

9,507

10.5% 11.9% 2.0%

Pacific Islander

1,961

20.0% 19.0% 0.4%

Other

22,469

29.2% 23.8% 4.7%

Two Or More Races

14,837

21.4% 18.4% 3.1%

White

298,078

10.3% 10.3% 62.2%

Hispanic

130,439

26.9% 22.2% 27.2%

What's the Poverty Rate in Mesa, Arizona By Race?

23.9% of Black residents of Mesa, Arizona live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Mesa, Arizona is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 4,146 of 17,320 black Arizonans live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.6% of the total population of Mesa, Arizona are black.

10.5% of Asian residents of Mesa, Arizona live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Mesa, Arizona is the same as than the national average. 997 of 9,507 asian Arizonans live below the poverty line. Approximately 2.0% of the total population of Mesa, Arizona are asian.

10.3% of White residents of Mesa, Arizona live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Mesa, Arizona is the same as than the national average. 30,668 of 298,078 white Arizonans live below the poverty line. Approximately 62.2% of the total population of Mesa, Arizona are white.

26.9% of Hispanic residents of Mesa, Arizona live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Mesa, Arizona is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 35,142 of 130,439 hispanic Arizonans live below the poverty line. Approximately 27.2% of the total population of Mesa, Arizona are hispanic.

Mesa, Arizona Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Mesa, Arizona is 15.2%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Mesa, Arizona is 16.4%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Mesa, Arizona

Female residents of Mesa, Arizona are slightly(7%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

35,765 of 234,631 males in Mesa live below the poverty line.

39,586 of 241,032 females in Mesa live below the poverty line.

Mesa, Arizona Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Mesa, Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 20.8%.
  • Not Enrolled in School in Mesa, Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 13.5%.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Mesa, Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 18.8%.
  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Mesa, Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 23.3%.

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Mesa, Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 21.8%.
  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Mesa, Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 20.5%.

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 Mesa, Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 18.1%.
  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Mesa, Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 17.4%.
Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Mesa, Arizona Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate By Age in Mesa, Arizona?

Mesa, Arizona Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Mesa, Arizona Poverty Rate By Age

Age Poverty Rate

Children Under 6

26.2%

Children 6 to 11 Years Old

23.8%

Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old

19.4%

Adults 18 to 59 Years Old

15.2%

Adults 60 to 74 Years Old

9.1%

75 to 84 Years Old

8.5%

Over 85 Years Old

11.2%

Mesa, Arizona Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

US Citizen

The Poverty Rate for residents of Mesa, Arizona who were born citizens of the United States is 14.5%.

Foreign

The Poverty Rate for residents of Mesa, Arizona who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 25.3%.

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

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

Of the 417,758 residents of Mesa, Arizona who were born citizens of the United States, 60,711 (14.5%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 14,640 (25.3%) of 57,905 residents of Mesa, Arizona who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Poverty Rate in Mesa, Arizona

The poverty rate in Mesa is 15.8%.
Mesa is in Maricopa County.
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Here is a comparison of Poverty Rate by city(minimum 1,000 residents) in Maricopa County.
City Poverty Rate
Chandler 9.1%
Citrus Park 2.3%
Aguila 58.5%
Anthem 4.4%
Avondale 16.3%
Buckeye 12.9%
Carefree 8.5%
Cave Creek 7.5%
El Mirage 17.0%
Fountain Hills 4.9%
Gila Bend 37.8%
Gilbert 5.9%
Glendale 20.3%
Goodyear 8.7%
Guadalupe 32.7%
Komatke 55.7%
Litchfield Park 9.7%
Mesa 15.8%
New River 5.5%
Paradise Valley 5.8%
Phoenix 20.9%
Rio Verde 1.4%
Scottsdale 8.9%
Sun City 9.1%
Sun City West 6.8%
Sun Lakes 5.6%
Surprise 9.1%
Tempe 21.3%
Tolleson 23.3%
Youngtown 22.7%

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