Poverty in Atlanta, Georgia

What is the poverty rate in Atlanta, Georgia?
The poverty rate in Atlanta is 22.4%. One out of every 4.5 residents of Atlanta lives in poverty.

How many people in Atlanta, Georgia live in poverty?
97,629 of 435,586 Atlanta residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the poverty rate in Atlanta compare to the rest of Georgia?
The Poverty Rate across the state of Georgia is 16.9%, meaning Atlanta has a significantly higher than average percentage of residents below the poverty line when compared to the rest of Georgia.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Historical Atlanta, Georgia Poverty Rate

Atlanta, Georgia Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

26.1% 15.3%

2011

26.2% 0.0% 15.9%

2012

25.8% 1.0% 15.9%

2013

24.8% 3.0% 15.8%

2014

23.8% 4.0% 15.5%

2015

22.5% 6.0% 14.7%

2016

22.4% 0.0% 14.0%

2017

19.3% 16.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Atlanta, Georgia Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

229,835

33.0% 25.2% 49.4%

Asian

14,950

24.8% 11.9% 3.2%

Other

4,520

28.9% 23.8% 1.0%

Two Or More Races

9,310

18.9% 18.4% 2.0%

White

164,117

7.4% 10.3% 35.3%

Hispanic

19,093

25.3% 22.2% 4.1%

What's the Poverty Rate in Atlanta, Georgia By Race?

33.0% of Black residents of Atlanta, Georgia live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Atlanta, Georgia is the same as than the national average. 75,773 of 229,835 black Georgians live below the poverty line. Approximately 49.4% of the total population of Atlanta, Georgia are black.

24.8% of Asian residents of Atlanta, Georgia live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Atlanta, Georgia is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 3,701 of 14,950 asian Georgians live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.2% of the total population of Atlanta, Georgia are asian.

7.4% of White residents of Atlanta, Georgia live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Atlanta, Georgia is dramatically lower than the national average of 10.3%. 12,212 of 164,117 white Georgians live below the poverty line. Approximately 35.3% of the total population of Atlanta, Georgia are white.

25.3% of Hispanic residents of Atlanta, Georgia live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Atlanta, Georgia is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 4,832 of 19,093 hispanic Georgians live below the poverty line. Approximately 4.1% of the total population of Atlanta, Georgia are hispanic.

Atlanta, Georgia Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Atlanta, Georgia is 20.4%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Atlanta, Georgia is 24.3%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Atlanta, Georgia

Female residents of Atlanta, Georgia are moderately(19%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

42,940 of 210,082 males in Atlanta live below the poverty line.

54,689 of 225,504 females in Atlanta live below the poverty line.

Atlanta, Georgia Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Atlanta, Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 35.8%.
  • Not Enrolled in School in Atlanta, Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 17.3%.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Atlanta, Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 30.6%.
  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Atlanta, Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 37.1%.

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Atlanta, Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 37.3%.
  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Atlanta, Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 31.5%.

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 Atlanta, Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 43.1%.
  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Atlanta, Georgia have a Poverty Rate of 30.0%.
Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Atlanta, Georgia Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate By Age in Atlanta, Georgia?

Atlanta, Georgia Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Atlanta, Georgia Poverty Rate By Age

Age Poverty Rate

Children Under 6

37.1%

Children 6 to 11 Years Old

36.0%

Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old

33.5%

Adults 18 to 59 Years Old

19.5%

Adults 60 to 74 Years Old

18.8%

75 to 84 Years Old

14.1%

Over 85 Years Old

15.1%

Atlanta, Georgia Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

US Citizen

The Poverty Rate for residents of Atlanta, Georgia who were born citizens of the United States is 22.5%.

Foreign

The Poverty Rate for residents of Atlanta, Georgia who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 20.6%.

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

Residents of Atlanta, Georgia who were born as US Citizens have a higher poverty rate than those who were born citizens of a country outside of the United States.

Of the 407,181 residents of Atlanta, Georgia who were born citizens of the United States, 91,766 (22.5%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 5,863 (20.6%) of 28,405 residents of Atlanta, Georgia 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 Atlanta, Georgia

The poverty rate in Atlanta is 22.4%.
Atlanta is in DeKalb County, Fulton County.
Georgia Poverty Rate by City
Here is a comparison of Poverty Rate by city(minimum 1,000 residents) in DeKalb County, Fulton County.
City Poverty Rate
Avondale Estates 3.5%
Belvedere Park 23.3%
Candler-McAfee 24.8%
Chamblee 25.8%
Clarkston 33.0%
Decatur 15.6%
Doraville 17.9%
Druid Hills 14.1%
Dunwoody 7.9%
Gresham Park 24.7%
Lithonia 35.9%
North Decatur 14.3%
North Druid Hills 13.6%
Panthersville 20.1%
Redan 16.4%
Scottdale 24.7%
Stone Mountain 17.4%

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