Poverty in Los Angeles, California

What is the poverty rate in Los Angeles, California?
The poverty rate in Los Angeles is 20.4%. One out of every 4.9 residents of Los Angeles lives in poverty.

How many people in Los Angeles, California live in poverty?
790,320 of 3,881,668 Los Angeles residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the poverty rate in Los Angeles compare to the rest of California?
The Poverty Rate across the state of California is 15.1%, meaning Los Angeles has a significantly higher than average percentage of residents below the poverty line when compared to the rest of California.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Historical Los Angeles, California Poverty Rate

Los Angeles, California Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

21.6% 15.3%

2011

22.6% 4.0% 15.9%

2012

23.3% 3.0% 15.9%

2013

23.0% 1.0% 15.8%

2014

22.4% 2.0% 15.5%

2015

20.5% 8.0% 14.7%

2016

19.5% 5.0% 14.0%

2017

17.4% 12.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Los Angeles, California Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

342,882

27.1% 25.2% 8.7%

American Indian

27,629

24.8% 26.8% 0.7%

Asian

447,160

15.1% 11.9% 11.3%

Pacific Islander

6,717

15.1% 19.0% 0.2%

Other

894,688

27.7% 23.8% 22.7%

Two Or More Races

134,721

15.2% 18.4% 3.4%

White

1,101,782

11.4% 10.3% 27.9%

Hispanic

1,901,177

25.8% 22.2% 48.1%

What's the Poverty Rate in Los Angeles, California By Race?

27.1% of Black residents of Los Angeles, California live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Los Angeles, California is the same as than the national average. 93,012 of 342,882 black Californians live below the poverty line. Approximately 8.7% of the total population of Los Angeles, California are black.

15.1% of Asian residents of Los Angeles, California live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Los Angeles, California is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 67,734 of 447,160 asian Californians live below the poverty line. Approximately 11.3% of the total population of Los Angeles, California are asian.

11.4% of White residents of Los Angeles, California live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Los Angeles, California is the same as than the national average. 125,912 of 1,101,782 white Californians live below the poverty line. Approximately 27.9% of the total population of Los Angeles, California are white.

25.8% of Hispanic residents of Los Angeles, California live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Los Angeles, California is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 491,448 of 1,901,177 hispanic Californians live below the poverty line. Approximately 48.1% of the total population of Los Angeles, California are hispanic.

Los Angeles, California Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Los Angeles, California?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Los Angeles, California is 18.8%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Los Angeles, California is 21.9%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Los Angeles, California

Female residents of Los Angeles, California are moderately(16%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

360,560 of 1,917,837 males in Los Angeles live below the poverty line.

429,760 of 1,963,831 females in Los Angeles live below the poverty line.

Los Angeles, California Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Los Angeles, California have a Poverty Rate of 28.6%.
  • Not Enrolled in School in Los Angeles, California have a Poverty Rate of 17.0%.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Los Angeles, California have a Poverty Rate of 25.6%.
  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Los Angeles, California have a Poverty Rate of 30.4%.

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Los Angeles, California have a Poverty Rate of 30.0%.
  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Los Angeles, California have a Poverty Rate of 28.5%.

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 Los Angeles, California have a Poverty Rate of 28.0%.
  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Los Angeles, California have a Poverty Rate of 23.8%.
Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Los Angeles, California Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate By Age in Los Angeles, California?

Los Angeles, California Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Los Angeles, California Poverty Rate By Age

Age Poverty Rate

Children Under 6

29.5%

Children 6 to 11 Years Old

30.2%

Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old

28.8%

Adults 18 to 59 Years Old

18.4%

Adults 60 to 74 Years Old

15.1%

75 to 84 Years Old

17.7%

Over 85 Years Old

17.3%

Los Angeles, California Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of Los Angeles, California born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

US Citizen

The Poverty Rate for residents of Los Angeles, California who were born citizens of the United States is 19.6%.

Foreign

The Poverty Rate for residents of Los Angeles, California who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 21.6%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Los Angeles, California born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Foreign-born residents of Los Angeles, California have a higher poverty rate than those who were born US citizens.

Of the 2,409,248 residents of Los Angeles, California who were born citizens of the United States, 472,968 (19.6%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 317,352 (21.6%) of 1,472,420 residents of Los Angeles, California 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 Los Angeles, California

The poverty rate in Los Angeles is 20.4%.
Los Angeles is in Los Angeles County.
California Poverty Rate by City
Here is a comparison of Poverty Rate by city(minimum 1,000 residents) in Los Angeles County.
City Poverty Rate
Artesia 11.8%
Avalon 14.7%
Avocado Heights 10.6%
Azusa 16.4%
Baldwin Park 14.9%
Bell 24.7%
Bellflower 14.8%
Bell Gardens 29.7%
Beverly Hills 9.3%
Acton 6.8%
Agoura Hills 7.4%
Agua Dulce 8.3%
Alhambra 15.1%
Alondra Park 18.5%
Altadena 10.6%
Arcadia 8.8%
Burbank 11.3%
Calabasas 7.7%
El Segundo 8.7%
Florence-Graham 30.2%
Green Valley 6.2%
Hacienda Heights 8.5%
Hasley Canyon 14.8%
Hawaiian Gardens 26.2%
Hawthorne 17.0%
Hermosa Beach 4.7%
Hidden Hills 3.1%
Huntington Park 28.0%
Inglewood 20.1%
Irwindale 8.3%
La Cañada Flintridge 3.0%
La Crescenta-Montrose 8.1%
Ladera Heights 6.2%
La Habra Heights 3.0%
Lake Los Angeles 30.1%
Lakewood 7.0%
La Mirada 7.3%
Lancaster 23.3%
La Puente 18.0%
La Verne 7.7%
Lawndale 15.4%
Lennox 27.6%
Leona Valley 11.5%
Littlerock 33.7%
Lomita 12.3%
Long Beach 19.1%
Los Angeles 20.4%
Lynwood 22.7%
Malibu 10.2%
Manhattan Beach 3.8%
Marina del Rey 12.4%
Mayflower Village 7.8%
Maywood 26.1%
Monrovia 8.4%
Montebello 13.8%
Monterey Park 15.8%
North El Monte 14.0%
Norwalk 13.9%
Palmdale 18.6%
Palos Verdes Estates 4.7%
Paramount 20.3%
Pasadena 15.5%
Pico Rivera 10.6%
Pomona 20.7%
Quartz Hill 20.4%
Rancho Palos Verdes 4.5%
Redondo Beach 4.8%
Rolling Hills 2.2%
Rolling Hills Estates 4.5%
Rose Hills 9.0%
Rosemead 18.0%
Rowland Heights 12.8%
San Dimas 8.5%
San Fernando 16.4%
San Gabriel 13.3%
San Marino 6.8%
San Pasqual 6.8%
Santa Clarita 8.8%
Santa Fe Springs 13.9%
Santa Monica 10.7%
Sierra Madre 5.1%
Signal Hill 12.4%
South El Monte 18.7%
South Gate 19.3%
South Monrovia Island 14.6%
South Pasadena 8.2%
South San Gabriel 13.1%
South San Jose Hills 16.6%
South Whittier 13.8%
Stevenson Ranch 6.5%
Sun Village 24.3%
Temple City 11.7%
Topanga 5.3%
Torrance 7.2%
Valinda 11.8%
Val Verde 8.2%
View Park-Windsor Hills 10.4%
Walnut 8.1%
Walnut Park 19.3%
West Athens 19.7%
West Carson 8.9%
West Covina 10.0%
West Hollywood 13.2%
Westlake Village 5.9%
Westmont 33.2%
West Puente Valley 8.9%
West Rancho Dominguez 20.5%
West Whittier-Los Nietos 9.0%
Whittier 12.1%
Willowbrook 25.0%
Carson 10.6%
Castaic 5.6%
Cerritos 5.0%
Charter Oak 12.8%
Citrus 12.3%
Claremont 8.5%
Commerce 16.0%
Compton 23.0%
Covina 9.1%
Cudahy 30.2%
Culver City 7.4%
Del Aire 12.5%
Desert View Highlands 11.9%
Diamond Bar 6.2%
Downey 10.7%
Duarte 12.4%
East Los Angeles 22.4%
East Pasadena 10.0%
East Rancho Dominguez 21.6%
East San Gabriel 10.4%
Elizabeth Lake 12.5%
El Monte 22.6%
Gardena 15.6%
Glendale 15.6%
Glendora 9.1%

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