Poverty in Florida

What is the poverty rate in Florida?
The poverty rate in Florida is 15.5%. One out of every 6.5 residents of Florida lives in poverty.

How many people in Florida live in poverty?
3,070,972 of 19,858,469 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Florida compare to the national average?
Florida ranks 35th in Poverty Rate at 15.5%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Florida is slightly higher than the national average of 14.6%.

Florida Poverty Rate County Map

Florida County Poverty Rate Comparison

Florida Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Florida is 14.4%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Florida is 16.5%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Florida

Female residents of Florida are moderately(14%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

1,387,764 of 9,644,955 males in Florida live below the poverty line.

1,683,208 of 10,213,514 females in Florida live below the poverty line.

Florida Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Florida By Age?

Florida Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Florida Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Florida have a Poverty Rate of 24.5%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Florida have a Poverty Rate of 22.6%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Florida have a Poverty Rate of 19.9%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Florida have a Poverty Rate of 15.1%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Florida have a Poverty Rate of 10.9%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Florida have a Poverty Rate of 10.6%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Florida have a Poverty Rate of 12.0%.

Historical Florida Poverty Rate

Florida Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

16.5% 15.3%

2011

17.0% 2.0% 15.9%

2012

17.1% 0.0% 15.9%

2013

17.0% 0.0% 15.8%

2014

16.5% 3.0% 15.5%

2015

15.7% 5.0% 14.7%

2016

14.7% 6.0% 14.0%

2017

14.0% 4.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Florida Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

3,149,614

24.8% 25.2% 15.5%

American Indian

54,897

20.5% 26.8% 0.3%

Asian

536,922

12.6% 11.9% 2.6%

Pacific Islander

12,093

25.1% 19.0% 0.1%

Other

528,909

21.9% 23.8% 2.6%

Two Or More Races

502,320

18.0% 18.4% 2.5%

White

10,910,869

10.9% 10.3% 53.8%

Hispanic

4,944,502

19.8% 22.2% 24.4%

What's the Poverty Rate in Florida By Race?

24.8% of Black residents of Florida live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Florida is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 781,928 of 3,149,614 black Floridians live below the poverty line. Approximately 15.5% of the total population of Florida are black.

12.6% of Asian residents of Florida live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Florida is the same as than the national average. 67,789 of 536,922 asian Floridians live below the poverty line. Approximately 2.6% of the total population of Florida are asian.

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

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Florida is the same as than the national average. 1,192,478 of 10,910,869 white Floridians live below the poverty line. Approximately 53.8% of the total population of Florida are white.

19.8% of Hispanic residents of Florida live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Florida is the same as than the national average. 981,013 of 4,944,502 hispanic Floridians live below the poverty line. Approximately 24.4% of the total population of Florida are hispanic.

Florida Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Florida have a Poverty Rate of 20.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Florida residents enrolled in school is slightly higher than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 948,092 of 4,553,283 Floridians enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 22.5% of the total population of Florida are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Florida have a Poverty Rate of 13.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Florida residents not enrolled in school is slightly higher than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 1,962,270 of 14,662,660 Floridians not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 72.3% of the total population of Florida are currently not enrolled in school.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Florida have a Poverty Rate of 19.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Florida residents enrolled in nursery school is slightly higher than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 55,135 of 282,948 Floridians enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.4% of the total population of Florida is currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Florida have a Poverty Rate of 23.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Florida residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is slightly higher than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 208,859 of 898,939 Floridians enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.4% of the total population of Florida are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Florida have a Poverty Rate of 20.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Florida residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is slightly higher than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 187,176 of 908,744 Floridians enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.5% of the total population of Florida are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Florida have a Poverty Rate of 19.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Florida residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is moderately higher than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 187,462 of 959,511 Floridians enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.7% of the total population of Florida 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 Florida have a Poverty Rate of 20.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Florida residents enrolled in undergraduate school is moderately lower than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 212,724 of 1,041,649 Floridians enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.1% of the total population of Florida are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Florida have a Poverty Rate of 17.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Florida residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is the same as than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 40,853 of 236,273 Floridians enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.2% of the total population of Florida is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Florida Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

14.8%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Florida who were born citizens of the United States is 14.8%.

17.9%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Florida who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 17.9%.

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

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

Of the 15,789,193 residents of Florida who were born citizens of the United States, 2,340,993 (14.8%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 729,979 (17.9%) of 4,069,276 residents of Florida who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Florida Poverty Rate By City

Florida Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Alafaya

335th

12.9% 88,025

Altamonte Springs

339th

13.0% 43,084

Apopka

251st

10.6% 48,682

Aventura

210th

9.5% 37,875

Boca Raton

165th

8.4% 93,964

Bonita Springs

316th

12.5% 51,890

Boynton Beach

451st

16.7% 74,483

Bradenton

461st

17.2% 53,654

Brandon

294th

11.7% 113,124

Cape Coral

325th

12.7% 173,679

Clearwater

423rd

15.9% 112,794

Coconut Creek

167th

8.5% 59,154

Coral Gables

137th

7.5% 50,909

Coral Springs

225th

10.0% 130,110

Country Club

485th

17.8% 49,207

Cutler Bay

228th

10.0% 44,721

Davie

320th

12.6% 101,543

Daytona Beach

648th

28.1% 65,339

Deerfield Beach

466th

17.3% 79,468

Delray Beach

446th

16.5% 66,453

Deltona

412th

15.6% 88,005

Doral

331st

12.8% 56,276

Fort Lauderdale

516th

19.3% 177,175

Fort Myers

549th

20.6% 73,712

Fort Pierce

701st

35.8% 44,248

Fountainebleau

358th

13.7% 59,255

Gainesville

682nd

33.6% 129,394

Greenacres

435th

16.1% 39,827

Hallandale Beach

535th

20.1% 39,285

Hialeah

622nd

25.9% 237,523

Hollywood

402nd

15.2% 149,750

Homestead

639th

27.1% 67,354

Jacksonville

442nd

16.4% 867,313

Jupiter

157th

8.2% 62,373

Kendale Lakes

371st

14.1% 59,812

Kendall West

441st

16.3% 39,952

Kendall

164th

8.4% 75,123

Kissimmee

604th

24.4% 68,176

Lakeland

488th

17.9% 104,165

Largo

399th

15.1% 82,433

Lauderhill

602nd

24.3% 70,963

Lehigh Acres

553rd

21.1% 116,849

Margate

292nd

11.7% 57,045

Melbourne

449th

16.7% 79,640

Miami Beach

448th

16.6% 92,187

Miami Gardens

563rd

21.5% 113,187

Miami

620th

25.8% 443,007

Miramar

232nd

10.1% 136,415

North Fort Myers

360th

13.8% 40,916

North Lauderdale

594th

23.3% 43,574

North Miami Beach

523rd

19.7% 43,963

North Miami

586th

22.7% 62,308

North Port

307th

12.3% 62,542

Oakland Park

491st

18.1% 44,085

Ocala

541st

20.3% 57,812

Ocoee

311th

12.4% 43,194

Orlando

514th

19.1% 269,414

Ormond Beach

188th

9.0% 41,238

Oviedo

125th

7.0% 38,655

Palm Bay

411th

15.6% 107,802

Palm Beach Gardens

97th

6.2% 53,119

Palm Coast

352nd

13.4% 82,356

Palm Harbor

156th

8.1% 61,553

Pembroke Pines

166th

8.4% 166,530

Pensacola

473rd

17.5% 52,689

Pine Hills

608th

24.6% 73,444

Pinellas Park

401st

15.2% 51,788

Plant City

365th

14.0% 37,459

Plantation

192nd

9.0% 92,126

Poinciana

538th

20.2% 66,465

Pompano Beach

555th

21.1% 107,542

Port Charlotte

381st

14.6% 59,654

Port Orange

393rd

14.9% 60,315

Port St. Lucie

303rd

12.1% 178,778

Riverview

172nd

8.6% 88,191

Royal Palm Beach

110th

6.5% 37,665

Sanford

551st

20.7% 57,979

Sarasota

498th

18.6% 55,103

South Miami Heights

512th

19.1% 39,312

Spring Hill

392nd

14.9% 104,722

St. Cloud

391st

14.9% 46,624

St. Petersburg

427th

15.9% 256,031

Sunrise

357th

13.7% 92,272

Tallahassee

640th

27.1% 188,463

Tamarac

274th

11.1% 64,262

Tamiami

386th

14.7% 58,250

Tampa

533rd

20.0% 368,087

The Acreage

193rd

9.1% 38,845

The Hammocks

222nd

9.9% 58,976

The Villages

67th

5.4% 74,618

Titusville

463rd

17.2% 44,984

Town 'n' Country

394th

15.0% 83,879

University

712th

37.8% 44,979

Valrico

142nd

7.8% 37,546

Wellington

148th

7.9% 62,796

Wesley Chapel

118th

6.7% 53,414

West Palm Beach

508th

18.9% 106,805

Weston

136th

7.5% 69,802

Winter Garden

230th

10.1% 40,799

Winter Haven

502nd

18.7% 38,663

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