Poverty in Billings, Montana

What is the poverty rate in Billings, Montana?
The poverty rate in Billings is 10.8%. One out of every 9.3 residents of Billings lives in poverty.

How many people in Billings, Montana live in poverty?
11,382 of 105,637 Billings residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the poverty rate in Billings compare to the rest of Montana?
The Poverty Rate across the state of Montana is 14.4%, meaning Billings has a significantly lower than average percentage of residents below the poverty line when compared to the rest of Montana.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Historical Billings, Montana Poverty Rate

Billings, Montana Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

13.8% 15.3%

2011

15.1% 9.0% 15.9%

2012

14.9% 0.0% 15.9%

2013

15.4% 3.0% 15.8%

2014

11.8% 30.0% 15.5%

2015

9.3% 25.0% 14.7%

2016

8.6% 8.0% 14.0%

2017

9.5% 10.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Billings, Montana Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

American Indian

4,481

28.7% 26.8% 4.1%

Two Or More Races

3,178

21.6% 18.4% 2.9%

White

90,603

9.6% 10.3% 83.1%

Hispanic

6,560

13.6% 22.2% 6.0%

What's the Poverty Rate in Billings, Montana By Race?

9.6% of White residents of Billings, Montana live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Billings, Montana is the same as than the national average. 8,666 of 90,603 white Montanans live below the poverty line. Approximately 83.1% of the total population of Billings, Montana are white.

13.6% of Hispanic residents of Billings, Montana live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Billings, Montana is dramatically lower than the national average of 22.2%. 892 of 6,560 hispanic Montanans live below the poverty line. Approximately 6.0% of the total population of Billings, Montana are hispanic.

Billings, Montana Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Billings, Montana?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Billings, Montana is 9.0%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Billings, Montana is 12.4%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Billings, Montana

Female residents of Billings, Montana are significantly(37%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

4,640 of 51,443 males in Billings live below the poverty line.

6,742 of 54,194 females in Billings live below the poverty line.

Billings, Montana Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Billings, Montana have a Poverty Rate of 13.5%.
  • Not Enrolled in School in Billings, Montana have a Poverty Rate of 9.6%.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Billings, Montana have a Poverty Rate of 10.2%.
  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Billings, Montana have a Poverty Rate of 12.3%.

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Billings, Montana have a Poverty Rate of 10.9%.
  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Billings, Montana have a Poverty Rate of 6.9%.

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 Billings, Montana have a Poverty Rate of 30.0%.
  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Billings, Montana have a Poverty Rate of 8.6%.
Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Billings, Montana Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate By Age in Billings, Montana?

Billings, Montana Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Billings, Montana Poverty Rate By Age

Age Poverty Rate

Children Under 6

15.2%

Children 6 to 11 Years Old

11.2%

Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old

8.6%

Adults 18 to 59 Years Old

11.7%

Adults 60 to 74 Years Old

7.5%

75 to 84 Years Old

7.6%

Over 85 Years Old

7.0%

Billings, Montana Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

US Citizen

The Poverty Rate for residents of Billings, Montana who were born citizens of the United States is 10.8%.

Foreign

The Poverty Rate for residents of Billings, Montana who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 10.6%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Billings, Montana born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Residents of Billings, Montana 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 103,088 residents of Billings, Montana who were born citizens of the United States, 11,111 (10.8%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 271 (10.6%) of 2,549 residents of Billings, Montana 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 Billings, Montana

The poverty rate in Billings is 10.8%.
Billings is in Yellowstone County.
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Billings 10.8%
Laurel 9.0%
Lockwood 11.6%

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