Poverty in Georgia

What is the poverty rate in Georgia?
The poverty rate in Georgia is 16.9%. One out of every 5.9 residents of Georgia lives in poverty.

How many people in Georgia live in poverty?
1,679,030 of 9,931,935 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Georgia compare to the national average?
Georgia ranks 42nd in Poverty Rate at 16.9%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Georgia is moderately higher than the national average of 14.6%.

Georgia Poverty Rate County Map

Georgia County Poverty Rate Comparison

Georgia Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Georgia is 15.3%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Georgia is 18.4%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Georgia

Female residents of Georgia are meaningfully(20%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

735,445 of 4,795,830 males in Georgia live below the poverty line.

943,585 of 5,136,105 females in Georgia live below the poverty line.

Georgia Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Georgia By Age?

Georgia Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Georgia Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 27.0%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 24.6%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 20.8%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 15.7%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 10.8%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 11.2%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 13.0%.

Historical Georgia Poverty Rate

Georgia Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

17.9% 15.3%

2011

19.1% 7.0% 15.9%

2012

19.2% 0.0% 15.9%

2013

19.0% 0.0% 15.8%

2014

18.3% 3.0% 15.5%

2015

17.0% 7.0% 14.7%

2016

16.0% 6.0% 14.0%

2017

14.9% 6.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Georgia Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

3,081,177

24.4% 25.2% 30.2%

American Indian

29,601

24.2% 26.8% 0.3%

Asian

379,132

11.9% 11.9% 3.7%

Pacific Islander

5,078

24.0% 19.0% 0.0%

Other

275,877

29.9% 23.8% 2.7%

Two Or More Races

230,244

20.6% 18.4% 2.3%

White

5,350,775

11.1% 10.3% 52.5%

Hispanic

927,124

26.7% 22.2% 9.1%

What's the Poverty Rate in Georgia By Race?

24.4% of Black residents of Georgia live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Georgia is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 751,506 of 3,081,177 black Georgians live below the poverty line. Approximately 30.2% of the total population of Georgia are black.

11.9% of Asian residents of Georgia live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Georgia is the same as than the national average. 44,981 of 379,132 asian Georgians live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.7% of the total population of Georgia are asian.

11.1% of White residents of Georgia live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Georgia is the same as than the national average. 596,482 of 5,350,775 white Georgians live below the poverty line. Approximately 52.5% of the total population of Georgia are white.

26.7% of Hispanic residents of Georgia live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Georgia is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 247,605 of 927,124 hispanic Georgians live below the poverty line. Approximately 9.1% of the total population of Georgia are hispanic.

Georgia Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 22.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Georgia residents enrolled in school is moderately higher than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 600,699 of 2,642,400 Georgians enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 25.9% of the total population of Georgia are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 14.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Georgia residents not enrolled in school is moderately higher than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 974,083 of 6,910,466 Georgians not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 67.7% of the total population of Georgia are currently not enrolled in school.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 21.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Georgia residents enrolled in nursery school is meaningfully higher than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 38,263 of 174,533 Georgians enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.7% of the total population of Georgia are currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 25.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Georgia residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is moderately higher than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 140,427 of 555,050 Georgians enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.4% of the total population of Georgia are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 23.0%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Georgia residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is meaningfully higher than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 129,845 of 563,889 Georgians enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.5% of the total population of Georgia are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 19.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Georgia residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is slightly higher than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 111,338 of 576,800 Georgians enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.7% of the total population of Georgia 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 Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 24.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Georgia residents enrolled in undergraduate school is slightly higher than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 121,535 of 504,348 Georgians enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.9% of the total population of Georgia are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 17.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Georgia residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is slightly higher than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 22,723 of 128,610 Georgians enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.3% of the total population of Georgia is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Georgia Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

16.8%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Georgia who were born citizens of the United States is 16.8%.

17.6%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Georgia who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 17.6%.

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

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

Of the 8,927,667 residents of Georgia who were born citizens of the United States, 1,502,022 (16.8%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 177,008 (17.6%) of 1,004,268 residents of Georgia who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Georgia Poverty Rate By City

Georgia Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Acworth

42nd

9.4% 22,163

Albany

289th

33.2% 74,892

Alpharetta

26th

7.0% 63,929

Americus

335th

42.1% 15,839

Athens-Clarke County unified government (balance)

298th

34.4% 122,292

Atlanta

178th

22.4% 465,230

Augusta-Richmond County consolidated government (balance)

197th

24.4% 196,899

Bainbridge

227th

27.7% 12,280

Belvedere Park

186th

23.3% 15,952

Brunswick

325th

39.0% 15,919

Buford

126th

17.1% 14,662

Calhoun

232nd

27.9% 16,133

Candler-McAfee

202nd

24.8% 24,204

Canton

164th

21.0% 25,806

Carrollton

228th

27.7% 26,054

Cartersville

159th

20.7% 20,235

Chamblee

215th

25.8% 28,433

Clarkston

286th

33.0% 12,702

College Park

304th

35.1% 14,360

Columbus

174th

21.7% 198,647

Conyers

264th

31.0% 15,803

Cordele

349th

46.5% 10,901

Covington

248th

29.9% 13,728

Cusseta-Chattahoochee County

100th

15.0% 11,096

Dallas

101st

15.1% 12,760

Dalton

189th

24.0% 33,540

Decatur

108th

15.6% 22,022

Doraville

133rd

17.9% 10,442

Douglas

233rd

28.0% 11,566

Douglasville

102nd

15.2% 32,768

Druid Hills

92nd

14.1% 13,895

Dublin

295th

34.2% 15,889

Duluth

79th

12.8% 28,988

Dunwoody

32nd

7.9% 48,857

East Point

203rd

24.8% 35,380

Evans

14th

4.9% 35,204

Fairburn

110th

15.7% 14,257

Fayetteville

27th

7.2% 17,069

Forest Park

281st

32.7% 19,271

Gainesville

223rd

27.2% 37,291

Georgetown

106th

15.5% 13,171

Griffin

268th

31.4% 22,710

Grovetown

68th

11.9% 13,353

Hinesville

111th

15.8% 33,540

Holly Springs

34th

8.2% 10,809

Jefferson

65th

11.8% 10,259

Johns Creek

10th

4.6% 83,397

Kennesaw

62nd

11.7% 33,433

Kingsland

82nd

12.9% 16,562

LaGrange

247th

29.7% 30,442

Lawrenceville

173rd

21.6% 29,287

Lilburn

84th

13.1% 12,559

Lithia Springs

204th

24.9% 17,772

Loganville

74th

12.4% 11,355

Mableton

88th

13.8% 39,745

Marietta

143rd

19.0% 60,203

Martinez

51st

10.6% 35,808

McDonough

73rd

12.4% 23,504

Milledgeville

344th

43.9% 18,892

Milton

19th

5.5% 37,556

Monroe

236th

28.7% 13,298

Moultrie

310th

36.0% 14,221

Mountain Park

61st

11.7% 13,830

Newnan

157th

20.5% 36,792

Norcross

172nd

21.4% 16,474

North Decatur

97th

14.3% 16,944

North Druid Hills

85th

13.6% 18,288

Panthersville

149th

20.1% 10,883

Peachtree City

21st

5.7% 34,988

Perry

155th

20.5% 15,633

Pooler

25th

6.9% 22,477

Powder Springs

90th

13.9% 14,765

Redan

119th

16.4% 31,111

Richmond Hill

141st

18.7% 11,766

Riverdale

211th

25.3% 15,931

Rome

198th

24.5% 36,029

Roswell

38th

8.9% 94,239

Sandy Springs

60th

11.2% 103,703

Savannah

192nd

24.0% 145,094

Scottdale

201st

24.7% 10,217

Smyrna

67th

11.9% 55,467

Snellville

63rd

11.8% 19,521

St. Marys

75th

12.4% 17,787

St. Simons

16th

5.2% 14,261

Statesboro

353rd

48.4% 30,649

Stockbridge

117th

16.2% 28,117

Sugar Hill

45th

9.7% 21,644

Suwanee

15th

5.0% 18,655

Thomasville

188th

23.7% 18,503

Tifton

319th

37.7% 16,568

Union City

158th

20.7% 20,793

Valdosta

274th

32.2% 56,036

Vidalia

221st

27.0% 10,603

Villa Rica

127th

17.2% 14,900

Vinings

11th

4.8% 12,635

Warner Robins

176th

21.9% 74,123

Waycross

262nd

30.9% 14,009

Wilmington Island

17th

5.2% 15,329

Winder

135th

18.3% 15,403

Woodstock

30th

7.9% 29,227

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