Poverty in Indiana

What is the poverty rate in Indiana?
The poverty rate in Indiana is 14.6%. One out of every 6.9 residents of Indiana lives in poverty.

How many people in Indiana live in poverty?
933,540 of 6,412,384 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Indiana compare to the national average?
Indiana ranks 29th in Poverty Rate at 14.6%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Indiana is the same as than the national average of Poverty Rate.

Indiana Poverty Rate County Map

Indiana County Poverty Rate Comparison

Indiana Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Indiana is 13.1%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Indiana is 16.0%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Indiana

Female residents of Indiana are meaningfully(22%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

410,928 of 3,145,797 males in Indiana live below the poverty line.

522,612 of 3,266,587 females in Indiana live below the poverty line.

Indiana Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Indiana By Age?

Indiana Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Indiana Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Indiana have a Poverty Rate of 23.3%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Indiana have a Poverty Rate of 20.7%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Indiana have a Poverty Rate of 17.4%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Indiana have a Poverty Rate of 14.5%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Indiana have a Poverty Rate of 7.8%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Indiana have a Poverty Rate of 8.2%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Indiana have a Poverty Rate of 9.5%.

Historical Indiana Poverty Rate

Indiana Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

15.3% 15.3%

2011

16.0% 4.0% 15.9%

2012

15.6% 2.0% 15.9%

2013

15.9% 2.0% 15.8%

2014

15.2% 4.0% 15.5%

2015

14.5% 4.0% 14.7%

2016

14.1% 3.0% 14.0%

2017

13.5% 4.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Indiana Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

585,186

29.9% 25.2% 8.8%

American Indian

14,372

19.6% 26.8% 0.2%

Asian

130,256

19.9% 11.9% 2.0%

Pacific Islander

2,511

24.5% 19.0% 0.0%

Other

142,820

29.0% 23.8% 2.2%

Two Or More Races

147,143

24.5% 18.4% 2.2%

White

5,130,979

11.5% 10.3% 77.6%

Hispanic

430,702

25.6% 22.2% 6.5%

What's the Poverty Rate in Indiana By Race?

29.9% of Black residents of Indiana live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Indiana is the same as than the national average. 174,762 of 585,186 black Indianians live below the poverty line. Approximately 8.8% of the total population of Indiana are black.

19.9% of Asian residents of Indiana live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Indiana is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 25,913 of 130,256 asian Indianians live below the poverty line. Approximately 2.0% of the total population of Indiana are asian.

11.5% of White residents of Indiana live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Indiana is the same as than the national average. 590,863 of 5,130,979 white Indianians live below the poverty line. Approximately 77.6% of the total population of Indiana are white.

25.6% of Hispanic residents of Indiana live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Indiana is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 110,455 of 430,702 hispanic Indianians live below the poverty line. Approximately 6.5% of the total population of Indiana are hispanic.

Indiana Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Indiana have a Poverty Rate of 20.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Indiana residents enrolled in school is slightly higher than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 329,564 of 1,593,343 Indianians enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 24.1% of the total population of Indiana are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Indiana have a Poverty Rate of 11.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Indiana residents not enrolled in school is slightly lower than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 546,694 of 4,578,628 Indianians not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 69.2% of the total population of Indiana are currently not enrolled in school.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Indiana have a Poverty Rate of 17.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Indiana residents enrolled in nursery school is the same as than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 17,401 of 97,402 Indianians enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.5% of the total population of Indiana is currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Indiana have a Poverty Rate of 21.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Indiana residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is slightly higher than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 74,498 of 347,974 Indianians enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.3% of the total population of Indiana are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Indiana have a Poverty Rate of 18.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Indiana residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is slightly lower than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 63,395 of 346,793 Indianians enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.2% of the total population of Indiana are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Indiana have a Poverty Rate of 16.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Indiana residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is slightly lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 58,200 of 353,847 Indianians enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.3% of the total population of Indiana 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 Indiana have a Poverty Rate of 27.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Indiana residents enrolled in undergraduate school is moderately higher than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 81,829 of 295,709 Indianians enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.5% of the total population of Indiana are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Indiana have a Poverty Rate of 23.0%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Indiana residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is significantly higher than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 15,855 of 69,056 Indianians enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.0% of the total population of Indiana is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Indiana Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

14.2%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Indiana who were born citizens of the United States is 14.2%.

21.3%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Indiana who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 21.3%.

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

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

Of the 6,088,379 residents of Indiana who were born citizens of the United States, 864,544 (14.2%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 68,996 (21.3%) of 324,005 residents of Indiana who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Indiana Poverty Rate By City

Indiana Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Anderson

323rd

25.8% 54,986

Angola

206th

16.9% 8,636

Auburn

127th

11.7% 13,004

Avon

35th

5.4% 16,479

Bargersville

47th

6.4% 6,919

Bedford

231st

17.9% 13,292

Beech Grove

279th

21.1% 14,943

Bloomington

338th

37.5% 83,636

Bluffton

222nd

17.6% 9,823

Brazil

309th

23.7% 8,384

Brownsburg

18th

3.4% 24,625

Carmel

24th

3.7% 88,595

Cedar Lake

106th

9.9% 12,024

Charlestown

171st

14.6% 8,079

Chesterton

78th

8.1% 14,052

Clarksville

123rd

11.5% 21,228

Columbia City

175th

14.7% 9,057

Columbus

135th

12.2% 46,926

Connersville

311th

24.2% 13,022

Crawfordsville

185th

15.5% 16,075

Crown Point

72nd

7.8% 28,952

Danville

60th

7.2% 9,598

Decatur

271st

20.2% 9,502

Dyer

22nd

3.6% 16,077

East Chicago

336th

34.6% 28,728

Elkhart

314th

24.8% 52,662

Elwood

292nd

22.5% 8,458

Evansville

302nd

23.3% 119,806

Fishers

17th

3.3% 87,557

Fort Wayne

226th

17.8% 262,450

Frankfort

199th

16.3% 16,226

Franklin

112th

10.4% 24,489

Garrett

269th

20.1% 6,762

Gary

337th

35.8% 77,416

Goshen

213th

17.3% 33,583

Granger

26th

4.1% 30,717

Greencastle

159th

13.8% 10,426

Greenfield

146th

12.9% 21,565

Greensburg

141st

12.5% 12,056

Greenwood

134th

12.2% 55,459

Griffith

88th

8.9% 16,468

Hammond

287th

22.2% 77,827

Highland

69th

7.7% 22,938

Hobart

118th

11.1% 28,573

Huntertown

36th

5.4% 6,857

Huntington

208th

16.9% 17,214

Indianapolis city (balance)

267th

20.1% 853,431

Jasper

117th

11.0% 15,716

Jeffersonville

110th

10.2% 46,840

Kendallville

253rd

19.0% 9,592

Kokomo

276th

20.4% 57,941

La Porte

291st

22.4% 21,825

Lafayette

252nd

18.9% 72,174

Lake Station

317th

25.4% 12,157

Lakes of the Four Seasons

38th

5.4% 7,061

Lawrence

190th

15.8% 48,081

Lebanon

99th

9.3% 15,710

Logansport

237th

18.3% 18,169

Lowell

93rd

9.1% 9,502

Madison

257th

19.2% 11,920

Marion

327th

26.4% 28,490

Martinsville

285th

21.6% 11,647

Merrillville

116th

10.9% 35,183

Michigan City

319th

25.5% 31,352

Mishawaka

250th

18.8% 48,582

Mooresville

161st

14.1% 9,571

Muncie

333rd

29.9% 69,237

Munster

28th

4.8% 23,005

Nappanee

108th

10.1% 6,927

New Albany

238th

18.3% 36,548

New Castle

301st

23.3% 17,476

New Haven

137th

12.3% 15,895

Noblesville

49th

6.5% 59,807

North Vernon

261st

19.8% 6,695

Notre Dame

340th

80.2% 6,720

Peru

293rd

22.7% 11,510

Plainfield

86th

8.6% 31,012

Plymouth

310th

23.9% 10,011

Portage

210th

17.2% 36,849

Princeton

180th

15.0% 8,573

Richmond

303rd

23.4% 35,819

Schererville

27th

4.5% 28,778

Scottsburg

184th

15.4% 6,687

Sellersburg

85th

8.5% 8,806

Seymour

260th

19.7% 19,225

Shelbyville

197th

16.2% 19,034

South Bend

316th

25.4% 101,928

Speedway

278th

21.0% 12,229

St. John

15th

3.2% 16,391

Tell City

266th

20.0% 7,295

Terre Haute

326th

26.0% 60,691

Valparaiso

154th

13.6% 32,501

Vincennes

295th

22.9% 17,944

Wabash

216th

17.4% 10,272

Warsaw

149th

13.2% 14,797

Washington

241st

18.4% 11,999

West Lafayette

339th

41.1% 45,110

Westfield

52nd

6.7% 35,956

Yorktown

80th

8.2% 11,200

Zionsville

11th

2.6% 25,810

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