Poverty in Baltimore, Maryland

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

How many people in Baltimore, Maryland live in poverty?
133,793 of 596,590 Baltimore residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the poverty rate in Baltimore compare to the rest of Maryland?
The Poverty Rate across the state of Maryland is 9.7%, meaning Baltimore has a dramatically higher than average percentage of residents below the poverty line when compared to the rest of Maryland.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Historical Baltimore, Maryland Poverty Rate

Baltimore, Maryland Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

25.6% 15.3%

2011

25.1% 1.0% 15.9%

2012

24.8% 1.0% 15.9%

2013

23.3% 6.0% 15.8%

2014

23.6% 1.0% 15.5%

2015

22.9% 3.0% 14.7%

2016

21.9% 4.0% 14.0%

2017

22.2% 1.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Baltimore, Maryland Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

376,479

26.5% 25.2% 60.7%

American Indian

1,805

44.9% 26.8% 0.3%

Asian

14,860

20.7% 11.9% 2.4%

Other

9,988

29.7% 23.8% 1.6%

Two Or More Races

13,244

20.0% 18.4% 2.1%

White

163,767

12.7% 10.3% 26.4%

Hispanic

29,534

25.7% 22.2% 4.8%

What's the Poverty Rate in Baltimore, Maryland By Race?

26.5% of Black residents of Baltimore, Maryland live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Baltimore, Maryland is the same as than the national average. 99,663 of 376,479 black Marylanders live below the poverty line. Approximately 60.7% of the total population of Baltimore, Maryland are black.

20.7% of Asian residents of Baltimore, Maryland live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Baltimore, Maryland is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 3,070 of 14,860 asian Marylanders live below the poverty line. Approximately 2.4% of the total population of Baltimore, Maryland are asian.

12.7% of White residents of Baltimore, Maryland live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Baltimore, Maryland is the same as than the national average. 20,816 of 163,767 white Marylanders live below the poverty line. Approximately 26.4% of the total population of Baltimore, Maryland are white.

25.7% of Hispanic residents of Baltimore, Maryland live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Baltimore, Maryland is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 7,602 of 29,534 hispanic Marylanders live below the poverty line. Approximately 4.8% of the total population of Baltimore, Maryland are hispanic.

Baltimore, Maryland Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Baltimore, Maryland?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Baltimore, Maryland is 21.0%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Baltimore, Maryland is 23.7%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Baltimore, Maryland

Female residents of Baltimore, Maryland are moderately(12%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

58,512 of 278,480 males in Baltimore live below the poverty line.

75,281 of 318,110 females in Baltimore live below the poverty line.

Baltimore, Maryland Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Baltimore, Maryland have a Poverty Rate of 30.0%.
  • Not Enrolled in School in Baltimore, Maryland have a Poverty Rate of 19.4%.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Baltimore, Maryland have a Poverty Rate of 28.2%.
  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Baltimore, Maryland have a Poverty Rate of 36.8%.

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Baltimore, Maryland have a Poverty Rate of 30.3%.
  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Baltimore, Maryland have a Poverty Rate of 30.5%.

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 Baltimore, Maryland have a Poverty Rate of 25.8%.
  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Baltimore, Maryland have a Poverty Rate of 24.3%.
Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Baltimore, Maryland Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate By Age in Baltimore, Maryland?

Baltimore, Maryland Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Baltimore, Maryland Poverty Rate By Age

Age Poverty Rate

Children Under 6

33.1%

Children 6 to 11 Years Old

34.7%

Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old

30.8%

Adults 18 to 59 Years Old

20.2%

Adults 60 to 74 Years Old

17.4%

75 to 84 Years Old

18.6%

Over 85 Years Old

17.9%

Baltimore, Maryland Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

US Citizen

The Poverty Rate for residents of Baltimore, Maryland who were born citizens of the United States is 22.7%.

Foreign

The Poverty Rate for residents of Baltimore, Maryland who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 19.2%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Baltimore, Maryland born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Residents of Baltimore, Maryland 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 548,263 residents of Baltimore, Maryland who were born citizens of the United States, 124,515 (22.7%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 9,278 (19.2%) of 48,327 residents of Baltimore, Maryland 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 Baltimore, Maryland

The poverty rate in Baltimore is 22.4%.
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Baltimore 22.4%

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