Poverty in Delaware

What is the poverty rate in Delaware?
The poverty rate in Delaware is 12.1%. One out of every 8.2 residents of Delaware lives in poverty.

How many people in Delaware live in poverty?
111,304 of 918,100 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Delaware compare to the national average?
Delaware ranks 17th in Poverty Rate at 12.1%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Delaware is meaningfully lower than the national average of 14.6%.

Delaware Poverty Rate County Map

Delaware County Poverty Rate Comparison

Delaware Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Delaware is 10.8%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Delaware is 13.4%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Delaware

Female residents of Delaware are meaningfully(24%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

47,715 of 442,694 males in Delaware live below the poverty line.

63,589 of 475,406 females in Delaware live below the poverty line.

Delaware Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Delaware By Age?

Delaware Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Delaware Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Delaware have a Poverty Rate of 19.9%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Delaware have a Poverty Rate of 18.5%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Delaware have a Poverty Rate of 14.0%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Delaware have a Poverty Rate of 12.0%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Delaware have a Poverty Rate of 7.3%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Delaware have a Poverty Rate of 8.0%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Delaware have a Poverty Rate of 9.1%.

Historical Delaware Poverty Rate

Delaware Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

11.8% 15.3%

2011

11.9% 0.0% 15.9%

2012

12.0% 1.0% 15.9%

2013

12.4% 2.0% 15.8%

2014

12.5% 0.0% 15.5%

2015

12.4% 0.0% 14.7%

2016

11.7% 6.0% 14.0%

2017

13.6% 16.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Delaware Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

197,099

18.8% 25.2% 20.9%

American Indian

3,282

17.5% 26.8% 0.3%

Asian

36,026

8.3% 11.9% 3.8%

Other

18,151

28.3% 23.8% 1.9%

Two Or More Races

25,602

21.7% 18.4% 2.7%

White

581,578

8.1% 10.3% 61.6%

Hispanic

82,790

24.3% 22.2% 8.8%

What's the Poverty Rate in Delaware By Race?

18.8% of Black residents of Delaware live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Delaware is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 37,039 of 197,099 black Delawareans live below the poverty line. Approximately 20.9% of the total population of Delaware are black.

8.3% of Asian residents of Delaware live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Delaware is dramatically lower than the national average of 11.9%. 2,983 of 36,026 asian Delawareans live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.8% of the total population of Delaware are asian.

8.1% of White residents of Delaware live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Delaware is dramatically lower than the national average of 10.3%. 47,301 of 581,578 white Delawareans live below the poverty line. Approximately 61.6% of the total population of Delaware are white.

24.3% of Hispanic residents of Delaware live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Delaware is the same as than the national average. 20,127 of 82,790 hispanic Delawareans live below the poverty line. Approximately 8.8% of the total population of Delaware are hispanic.

Delaware Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Delaware have a Poverty Rate of 16.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Delaware residents enrolled in school is moderately lower than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 36,695 of 219,179 Delawareans enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 23.2% of the total population of Delaware are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Delaware have a Poverty Rate of 10.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Delaware residents not enrolled in school is meaningfully lower than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 67,858 of 667,025 Delawareans not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 70.7% of the total population of Delaware are currently not enrolled in school.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Delaware have a Poverty Rate of 14.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Delaware residents enrolled in nursery school is meaningfully lower than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 1,996 of 14,116 Delawareans enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.5% of the total population of Delaware is currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Delaware have a Poverty Rate of 19.0%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Delaware residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is moderately lower than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 8,181 of 43,137 Delawareans enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.6% of the total population of Delaware are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Delaware have a Poverty Rate of 16.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Delaware residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is moderately lower than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 7,422 of 46,189 Delawareans enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.9% of the total population of Delaware are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Delaware have a Poverty Rate of 13.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Delaware residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is significantly lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 6,119 of 46,016 Delawareans enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.9% of the total population of Delaware 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 Delaware have a Poverty Rate of 20.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Delaware residents enrolled in undergraduate school is moderately lower than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 9,127 of 44,042 Delawareans enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.7% of the total population of Delaware are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Delaware have a Poverty Rate of 10.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Delaware residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is dramatically lower than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 1,420 of 13,917 Delawareans enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.5% of the total population of Delaware is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Delaware Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

12.0%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Delaware who were born citizens of the United States is 12.0%.

13.5%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Delaware who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 13.5%.

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

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

Of the 833,005 residents of Delaware who were born citizens of the United States, 99,825 (12.0%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 11,479 (13.5%) of 85,095 residents of Delaware who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Delaware Poverty Rate By City

Delaware Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Bear

23rd

9.8% 20,401

Bellefonte

6th

5.2% 1,202

Bethany Beach

3rd

1.6% 1,010

Blades

47th

24.2% 1,382

Bridgeville

45th

23.7% 2,480

Brookside

33rd

13.1% 13,554

Camden

7th

5.2% 3,486

Cheswold

44th

21.9% 1,239

Claymont

30th

12.2% 8,707

Clayton

27th

11.4% 3,134

Delaware City

32nd

12.7% 1,991

Delmar

38th

17.3% 1,704

Dover Base Housing

28th

11.7% 3,200

Dover

40th

19.4% 37,109

Edgemoor

25th

10.1% 6,178

Elsmere

35th

15.6% 6,097

Felton

46th

24.0% 1,405

Georgetown

43rd

21.7% 7,002

Glasgow

12th

6.8% 15,280

Greenville

13th

7.1% 2,305

Greenwood

36th

15.6% 1,147

Harrington

42nd

21.5% 3,664

Highland Acres

22nd

9.1% 3,775

Hockessin

4th

2.2% 13,672

Kent Acres

31st

12.5% 2,369

Laurel

52nd

35.1% 4,147

Lewes

9th

5.8% 2,961

Long Neck

8th

5.4% 2,716

Middletown

10th

6.3% 20,754

Milford

37th

16.9% 10,645

Millsboro

48th

25.4% 4,181

Millville

18th

8.4% 1,709

Milton

26th

10.6% 2,792

New Castle

20th

8.7% 5,364

Newark

49th

26.2% 33,243

Newport

50th

26.3% 1,295

North Star

1st

0.9% 7,390

Ocean View

15th

7.5% 2,150

Pike Creek Valley

17th

8.2% 10,823

Pike Creek

2nd

1.4% 8,740

Rehoboth Beach

11th

6.7% 1,218

Rising Sun-Lebanon

34th

14.8% 3,817

Riverview

5th

3.6% 2,728

Rodney Village

24th

9.8% 1,231

Seaford

41st

21.2% 7,447

Selbyville

16th

7.7% 2,245

Smyrna

21st

8.9% 11,276

Townsend

29th

12.0% 2,195

Wilmington Manor

19th

8.5% 7,608

Wilmington

51st

27.0% 71,276

Woodside East

39th

17.6% 2,569

Wyoming

14th

7.3% 1,554

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