Poverty in Tucson, Arizona

What is the poverty rate in Tucson, Arizona?
The poverty rate in Tucson is 24.1%. One out of every 4.2 residents of Tucson lives in poverty.

How many people in Tucson, Arizona live in poverty?
121,994 of 506,446 Tucson residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

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

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Historical Tucson, Arizona Poverty Rate

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

2010

23.5% 15.3%

2011

26.6% 13.0% 15.9%

2012

26.7% 0.0% 15.9%

2013

25.3% 5.0% 15.8%

2014

25.3% 0.0% 15.5%

2015

25.2% 0.0% 14.7%

2016

24.1% 4.0% 14.0%

2017

22.1% 8.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Tucson, Arizona Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

23,665

34.7% 25.2% 4.5%

American Indian

15,559

39.6% 26.8% 2.9%

Asian

15,744

27.9% 11.9% 3.0%

Other

53,007

31.9% 23.8% 10.0%

Two Or More Races

24,207

28.3% 18.4% 4.6%

White

227,040

18.2% 10.3% 42.8%

Hispanic

220,087

27.8% 22.2% 41.5%

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

34.7% of Black residents of Tucson, Arizona live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Tucson, Arizona is the same as than the national average. 8,219 of 23,665 black Arizonans live below the poverty line. Approximately 4.5% of the total population of Tucson, Arizona are black.

27.9% of Asian residents of Tucson, Arizona live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Tucson, Arizona is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 4,396 of 15,744 asian Arizonans live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.0% of the total population of Tucson, Arizona are asian.

18.2% of White residents of Tucson, Arizona live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Tucson, Arizona is dramatically higher than the national average of 10.3%. 41,232 of 227,040 white Arizonans live below the poverty line. Approximately 42.8% of the total population of Tucson, Arizona are white.

27.8% of Hispanic residents of Tucson, Arizona live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Tucson, Arizona is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 61,201 of 220,087 hispanic Arizonans live below the poverty line. Approximately 41.5% of the total population of Tucson, Arizona are hispanic.

Tucson, Arizona Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Tucson, Arizona is 22.9%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Tucson, Arizona is 25.2%.

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

Female residents of Tucson, Arizona are moderately(10%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

56,623 of 247,472 males in Tucson live below the poverty line.

65,371 of 258,974 females in Tucson live below the poverty line.

Tucson, Arizona Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Tucson, Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 34.2%.
  • Not Enrolled in School in Tucson, Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 19.5%.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Tucson, Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 24.7%.
  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Tucson, Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 32.7%.

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Tucson, Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 30.7%.
  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Tucson, Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 30.0%.

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 Tucson, Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 42.2%.
  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Tucson, Arizona have a Poverty Rate of 26.9%.
Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Tucson, Arizona Poverty Rate By Age

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

Tucson, Arizona Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Tucson, Arizona Poverty Rate By Age

Age Poverty Rate

Children Under 6

34.2%

Children 6 to 11 Years Old

32.5%

Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old

30.4%

Adults 18 to 59 Years Old

24.3%

Adults 60 to 74 Years Old

15.2%

75 to 84 Years Old

10.3%

Over 85 Years Old

14.7%

Tucson, Arizona Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

US Citizen

The Poverty Rate for residents of Tucson, Arizona who were born citizens of the United States is 23.1%.

Foreign

The Poverty Rate for residents of Tucson, Arizona who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 29.4%.

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

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

Of the 428,576 residents of Tucson, Arizona who were born citizens of the United States, 99,099 (23.1%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 22,895 (29.4%) of 77,870 residents of Tucson, 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 Tucson, Arizona

The poverty rate in Tucson is 24.1%.
Tucson is in Pima County.
Arizona Poverty Rate by City
Here is a comparison of Poverty Rate by city(minimum 1,000 residents) in Pima County.
City Poverty Rate
Ajo 32.8%
Arivaca Junction 24.9%
Avra Valley 19.9%
Casas Adobes 10.0%
Catalina 9.9%
Catalina Foothills 6.2%
Corona de Tucson 1.8%
Drexel Heights 19.9%
Flowing Wells 25.4%
Green Valley 5.5%
Oro Valley 5.8%
Picture Rocks 13.7%
Rincon Valley 5.9%
Sahuarita 6.5%
Sells 48.0%
South Tucson 46.2%
Summit 31.4%
Tanque Verde 5.1%
Three Points 29.1%
Tucson 24.1%
Tucson Estates 15.3%
Vail 8.9%
Valencia West 13.0%

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