Poverty in Kansas

What is the poverty rate in Kansas?
The poverty rate in Kansas is 12.8%. One out of every 7.8 residents of Kansas lives in poverty.

How many people in Kansas live in poverty?
361,285 of 2,820,265 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Kansas compare to the national average?
Kansas ranks 20th in Poverty Rate at 12.8%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Kansas is moderately lower than the national average of 14.6%.

Kansas Poverty Rate County Map

Kansas County Poverty Rate Comparison

Kansas Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Kansas is 11.7%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Kansas is 13.9%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Kansas

Female residents of Kansas are moderately(18%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

163,671 of 1,396,997 males in Kansas live below the poverty line.

197,614 of 1,423,268 females in Kansas live below the poverty line.

Kansas Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Kansas By Age?

Kansas Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Kansas Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Kansas have a Poverty Rate of 19.0%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Kansas have a Poverty Rate of 16.7%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Kansas have a Poverty Rate of 13.5%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Kansas have a Poverty Rate of 13.0%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Kansas have a Poverty Rate of 7.3%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Kansas have a Poverty Rate of 8.6%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Kansas have a Poverty Rate of 11.1%.

Historical Kansas Poverty Rate

Kansas Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

13.6% 15.3%

2011

13.8% 1.0% 15.9%

2012

14.0% 1.0% 15.9%

2013

14.0% 0.0% 15.8%

2014

13.6% 3.0% 15.5%

2015

13.0% 4.0% 14.7%

2016

12.1% 7.0% 14.0%

2017

11.9% 1.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Kansas Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

157,840

24.7% 25.2% 5.4%

American Indian

22,110

20.9% 26.8% 0.8%

Asian

78,789

15.5% 11.9% 2.7%

Pacific Islander

1,747

27.6% 19.0% 0.1%

Other

64,340

22.1% 23.8% 2.2%

Two Or More Races

94,141

20.6% 18.4% 3.2%

White

2,162,102

10.1% 10.3% 74.5%

Hispanic

326,697

22.4% 22.2% 11.3%

What's the Poverty Rate in Kansas By Race?

24.7% of Black residents of Kansas live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Kansas is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 39,011 of 157,840 black Kansans live below the poverty line. Approximately 5.4% of the total population of Kansas are black.

15.5% of Asian residents of Kansas live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Kansas is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 12,201 of 78,789 asian Kansans live below the poverty line. Approximately 2.7% of the total population of Kansas are asian.

10.1% of White residents of Kansas live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Kansas is the same as than the national average. 217,422 of 2,162,102 white Kansans live below the poverty line. Approximately 74.5% of the total population of Kansas are white.

22.4% of Hispanic residents of Kansas live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Kansas is the same as than the national average. 73,190 of 326,697 hispanic Kansans live below the poverty line. Approximately 11.3% of the total population of Kansas are hispanic.

Kansas Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Kansas have a Poverty Rate of 18.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Kansas residents enrolled in school is slightly lower than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 136,266 of 745,733 Kansans enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 25.7% of the total population of Kansas are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Kansas have a Poverty Rate of 10.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Kansas residents not enrolled in school is moderately lower than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 202,361 of 1,958,891 Kansans not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 67.5% of the total population of Kansas are currently not enrolled in school.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Kansas have a Poverty Rate of 15.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Kansas residents enrolled in nursery school is moderately lower than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 7,989 of 50,382 Kansans enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.7% of the total population of Kansas are currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Kansas have a Poverty Rate of 17.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Kansas residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is meaningfully lower than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 27,244 of 157,523 Kansans enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.4% of the total population of Kansas are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Kansas have a Poverty Rate of 14.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Kansas residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is significantly lower than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 22,572 of 154,733 Kansans enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.3% of the total population of Kansas are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Kansas have a Poverty Rate of 13.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Kansas residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is meaningfully lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 21,578 of 157,455 Kansans enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.4% of the total population of Kansas 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 Kansas have a Poverty Rate of 29.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Kansas residents enrolled in undergraduate school is meaningfully higher than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 42,783 of 144,256 Kansans enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.0% of the total population of Kansas are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Kansas have a Poverty Rate of 16.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Kansas residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is slightly lower than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 6,769 of 40,820 Kansans enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.4% of the total population of Kansas is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Kansas Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

12.3%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Kansas who were born citizens of the United States is 12.3%.

19.3%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Kansas who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 19.3%.

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

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

Of the 2,620,464 residents of Kansas who were born citizens of the United States, 322,808 (12.3%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 38,477 (19.3%) of 199,801 residents of Kansas who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Kansas Poverty Rate By City

Kansas Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Abilene

96th

11.5% 6,487

Andover

22nd

5.6% 12,661

Arkansas City

178th

20.5% 12,055

Atchison

197th

24.0% 10,727

Augusta

108th

12.2% 9,339

Baldwin City

57th

8.2% 4,627

Basehor

16th

4.9% 5,401

Baxter Springs

132nd

14.8% 4,035

Bel Aire

12th

4.5% 7,422

Beloit

157th

17.7% 4,110

Bonner Springs

85th

10.1% 7,644

Chanute

199th

26.1% 9,146

Clay Center

98th

11.6% 4,127

Coffeyville

200th

26.2% 9,706

Colby

113th

12.6% 5,365

Columbus

103rd

11.9% 3,158

Concordia

125th

14.1% 5,198

De Soto

91st

10.4% 6,042

Derby

18th

5.3% 23,712

Dodge City

162nd

18.2% 27,961

Edwardsville

105th

12.0% 4,436

El Dorado

177th

20.5% 13,003

Ellsworth

87th

10.1% 3,050

Emporia

192nd

22.8% 24,636

Eudora

101st

11.7% 6,272

Fairway

3rd

2.2% 3,946

Fort Riley

123rd

13.7% 7,808

Fort Scott

164th

18.7% 7,822

Frontenac

48th

7.9% 3,421

Galena

131st

14.7% 2,953

Garden City

142nd

16.2% 26,900

Gardner

8th

4.3% 21,059

Garnett

155th

17.2% 3,251

Girard

139th

16.0% 2,733

Goddard

63rd

8.4% 4,173

Goodland

175th

19.8% 4,530

Great Bend

163rd

18.5% 15,686

Hays

171st

19.5% 20,938

Haysville

65th

8.4% 11,489

Hesston

79th

9.6% 3,723

Hiawatha

130th

14.7% 3,176

Hillsboro

46th

7.5% 2,864

Hoisington

167th

19.0% 2,614

Holton

153rd

17.0% 3,268

Hugoton

180th

20.6% 4,039

Hutchinson

147th

16.7% 41,316

Independence

179th

20.6% 8,983

Iola

183rd

21.1% 5,459

Junction City

145th

16.6% 24,336

Kansas City

188th

22.3% 151,042

Kechi

5th

2.7% 2,703

Kingman

66th

8.6% 3,026

Lansing

17th

5.1% 11,771

Larned

33rd

6.3% 3,914

Lawrence

187th

21.8% 93,954

Leavenworth

129th

14.6% 35,958

Leawood

2nd

1.9% 34,195

Lenexa

21st

5.4% 52,030

Liberal

173rd

19.6% 20,607

Lindsborg

34th

6.3% 3,313

Louisburg

52nd

8.1% 4,347

Lyons

151st

16.9% 3,657

Maize

115th

12.8% 4,490

Manhattan

198th

25.4% 55,427

Marysville

69th

9.0% 3,288

McPherson

64th

8.4% 13,089

Merriam

74th

9.2% 11,259

Mission Hills

1st

1.4% 3,578

Mission

43rd

7.1% 9,445

Mulvane

9th

4.4% 5,413

Newton

121st

13.3% 18,972

Norton

100th

11.7% 2,813

Oaklawn-Sunview

174th

19.7% 3,023

Olathe

31st

6.1% 134,368

Osage City

193rd

22.8% 2,841

Osawatomie

170th

19.2% 4,325

Ottawa

138th

15.8% 12,321

Overland Park

26th

5.8% 186,147

Paola

107th

12.2% 5,583

Park City

58th

8.2% 7,512

Parsons

194th

23.1% 9,964

Pittsburg

203rd

28.6% 20,278

Prairie Village

7th

3.8% 21,932

Pratt

118th

12.9% 6,841

Roeland Park

35th

6.5% 6,810

Rose Hill

6th

3.6% 3,863

Russell

146th

16.6% 4,496

Salina

124th

13.8% 47,513

Scott City

23rd

5.6% 3,823

Shawnee

38th

6.9% 64,840

Spring Hill

40th

6.9% 6,064

St. Marys

62nd

8.3% 2,717

Tonganoxie

27th

5.9% 5,088

Topeka

148th

16.7% 127,139

Ulysses

99th

11.7% 5,892

Valley Center

10th

4.4% 6,507

Wamego

133rd

15.0% 4,805

Wellington

140th

16.1% 7,878

Wichita

152nd

16.9% 389,054

Winfield

158th

17.8% 12,180

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