Poverty in Mississippi

What is the poverty rate in Mississippi?
The poverty rate in Mississippi is 21.5%. One out of every 4.7 residents of Mississippi lives in poverty.

How many people in Mississippi live in poverty?
620,007 of 2,890,123 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Mississippi compare to the national average?
Mississippi ranks 50th in Poverty Rate at 21.5%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Mississippi is dramatically higher than the national average of 14.6%.

Mississippi Poverty Rate County Map

Mississippi County Poverty Rate Comparison

Mississippi Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Mississippi is 19.2%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Mississippi is 23.5%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Mississippi

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

266,972 of 1,389,233 males in Mississippi live below the poverty line.

353,035 of 1,500,890 females in Mississippi live below the poverty line.

Mississippi Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Mississippi By Age?

Mississippi Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Mississippi Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Mississippi have a Poverty Rate of 32.3%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Mississippi have a Poverty Rate of 30.7%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Mississippi have a Poverty Rate of 27.7%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Mississippi have a Poverty Rate of 20.4%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Mississippi have a Poverty Rate of 13.4%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Mississippi have a Poverty Rate of 14.5%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Mississippi have a Poverty Rate of 16.7%.

Historical Mississippi Poverty Rate

Mississippi Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

22.4% 15.3%

2011

22.6% 0.0% 15.9%

2012

24.2% 7.0% 15.9%

2013

24.0% 0.0% 15.8%

2014

21.5% 11.0% 15.5%

2015

22.0% 2.0% 14.7%

2016

20.8% 5.0% 14.0%

2017

19.8% 5.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Mississippi Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

1,079,793

33.8% 25.2% 36.2%

American Indian

12,767

31.0% 26.8% 0.4%

Asian

27,979

13.1% 11.9% 0.9%

Other

24,199

30.5% 23.8% 0.8%

Two Or More Races

36,767

29.9% 18.4% 1.2%

White

1,657,748

13.0% 10.3% 55.5%

Hispanic

81,576

27.0% 22.2% 2.7%

What's the Poverty Rate in Mississippi By Race?

33.8% of Black residents of Mississippi live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Mississippi is the same as than the national average. 364,893 of 1,079,793 black Mississippians live below the poverty line. Approximately 36.2% of the total population of Mississippi are black.

13.1% of Asian residents of Mississippi live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Mississippi is the same as than the national average. 3,673 of 27,979 asian Mississippians live below the poverty line. Approximately 0.9% of the total population of Mississippi is asian.

13.0% of White residents of Mississippi live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Mississippi is the same as than the national average. 216,267 of 1,657,748 white Mississippians live below the poverty line. Approximately 55.5% of the total population of Mississippi are white.

27.0% of Hispanic residents of Mississippi live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Mississippi is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 22,032 of 81,576 hispanic Mississippians live below the poverty line. Approximately 2.7% of the total population of Mississippi are hispanic.

Mississippi Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Mississippi have a Poverty Rate of 29.0%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Mississippi residents enrolled in school is dramatically higher than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 217,231 of 747,934 Mississippians enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 25.0% of the total population of Mississippi are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Mississippi have a Poverty Rate of 18.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Mississippi residents not enrolled in school is dramatically higher than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 367,442 of 2,033,708 Mississippians not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 68.1% of the total population of Mississippi are currently not enrolled in school.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Mississippi have a Poverty Rate of 30.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Mississippi residents enrolled in nursery school is dramatically higher than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 14,535 of 48,327 Mississippians enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.6% of the total population of Mississippi are currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Mississippi have a Poverty Rate of 31.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Mississippi residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is dramatically higher than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 52,490 of 164,957 Mississippians enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.5% of the total population of Mississippi are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Mississippi have a Poverty Rate of 28.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Mississippi residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is dramatically higher than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 46,006 of 160,581 Mississippians enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.4% of the total population of Mississippi are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Mississippi have a Poverty Rate of 26.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Mississippi residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is dramatically higher than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 41,759 of 160,154 Mississippians enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.4% of the total population of Mississippi 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 Mississippi have a Poverty Rate of 30.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Mississippi residents enrolled in undergraduate school is meaningfully higher than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 42,363 of 139,114 Mississippians enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.7% of the total population of Mississippi are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Mississippi have a Poverty Rate of 18.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Mississippi residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is slightly higher than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 5,498 of 30,376 Mississippians enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.0% of the total population of Mississippi is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Mississippi Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

21.5%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Mississippi who were born citizens of the United States is 21.5%.

21.2%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Mississippi who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 21.2%.

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

Residents of Mississippi 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 2,826,216 residents of Mississippi who were born citizens of the United States, 606,489 (21.5%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 13,518 (21.2%) of 63,907 residents of Mississippi who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Mississippi Poverty Rate By City

Mississippi Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Aberdeen

72nd

21.6% 5,375

Amory

68th

20.8% 7,028

Baldwyn

140th

33.8% 3,089

Batesville

53rd

16.9% 7,319

Bay St. Louis

62nd

19.8% 11,918

Beechwood

38th

13.2% 4,141

Biloxi

81st

22.7% 45,328

Booneville

115th

28.1% 8,757

Brandon

8th

4.9% 23,421

Brookhaven

125th

29.9% 12,289

Byram

14th

6.4% 11,660

Canton

95th

24.8% 12,800

Carthage

148th

35.3% 4,877

Clarksdale

157th

36.4% 16,579

Cleveland

99th

25.3% 12,157

Clinton

31st

12.2% 25,398

Collins

63rd

20.0% 2,873

Columbia

170th

41.3% 6,163

Columbus

102nd

25.6% 24,409

Corinth

84th

22.8% 14,727

Crystal Springs

136th

32.0% 4,910

D'Iberville

34th

12.5% 11,150

Diamondhead

18th

8.1% 8,200

Durant

180th

46.5% 2,846

Ellisville

160th

37.1% 4,570

Escatawpa

56th

18.5% 3,241

Florence

7th

4.0% 4,341

Flowood

32nd

12.3% 8,704

Forest

142nd

34.0% 5,679

Fulton

104th

25.9% 4,010

Gautier

43rd

14.6% 18,555

Greenville

150th

35.4% 31,934

Greenwood

163rd

38.0% 14,496

Grenada

120th

29.3% 12,719

Gulf Hills

28th

11.8% 8,249

Gulf Park Estates

39th

13.4% 6,461

Gulfport

96th

24.9% 71,318

Hattiesburg

145th

34.7% 46,495

Hazlehurst

101st

25.5% 3,895

Hernando

15th

6.6% 15,534

Holly Springs

98th

25.0% 7,538

Horn Lake

46th

15.3% 26,804

Houston

79th

22.6% 3,505

Indianola

131st

30.6% 9,805

Iuka

83rd

22.8% 2,964

Jackson

119th

28.9% 170,393

Kosciusko

147th

35.1% 7,018

Latimer

12th

6.1% 7,209

Laurel

135th

31.5% 18,661

Leland

116th

28.3% 4,150

Long Beach

33rd

12.4% 15,446

Louisville

162nd

37.6% 6,325

Lucedale

64th

20.0% 3,007

Lyman

37th

13.0% 2,732

Madison

5th

2.9% 25,350

Magee

100th

25.4% 4,343

McComb

168th

40.0% 12,620

Meridian

124th

29.7% 39,213

Mississippi State

153rd

35.9% 4,062

Morton

76th

22.3% 3,429

Moss Point

82nd

22.7% 13,501

Natchez

152nd

35.9% 15,191

New Albany

54th

17.1% 8,642

New Hope

17th

7.6% 3,804

Newton

93rd

24.3% 3,278

Nicholson

144th

34.6% 2,829

Ocean Springs

21st

9.4% 17,514

Olive Branch

19th

8.7% 36,033

Oxford

149th

35.4% 22,092

Pascagoula

88th

23.1% 21,935

Pass Christian

55th

18.3% 5,475

Pearl River

80th

22.6% 4,163

Pearl

40th

13.6% 26,468

Petal

23rd

10.2% 10,669

Philadelphia

94th

24.5% 7,334

Picayune

105th

26.1% 10,528

Pontotoc

35th

12.6% 5,923

Poplarville

73rd

21.6% 2,942

Richland

30th

11.8% 7,175

Ridgeland

25th

10.5% 24,312

Ripley

89th

23.3% 5,302

Ruleville

156th

36.3% 2,768

Saltillo

24th

10.3% 4,975

Senatobia

67th

20.7% 7,903

Southaven

27th

11.1% 52,434

St. Martin

45th

15.0% 8,242

Starkville

128th

30.2% 24,954

Tupelo

60th

19.4% 38,321

University

199th

85.3% 4,492

Vancleave

49th

15.7% 4,917

Verona

129th

30.2% 3,059

Vicksburg

154th

36.1% 22,961

Water Valley

86th

22.8% 3,340

Waveland

58th

18.9% 6,382

Waynesboro

172nd

42.2% 4,924

West Hattiesburg

69th

21.2% 6,016

West Point

139th

33.3% 10,903

Wiggins

85th

22.8% 4,502

Winona

123rd

29.5% 4,478

Yazoo City

187th

49.0% 11,189

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