Poverty in Nevada

What is the poverty rate in Nevada?
The poverty rate in Nevada is 14.2%. One out of every 7 residents of Nevada lives in poverty.

How many people in Nevada live in poverty?
405,263 of 2,846,365 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Nevada compare to the national average?
Nevada ranks 26th in Poverty Rate at 14.2%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Nevada is slightly lower than the national average of 14.6%.

Nevada Poverty Rate County Map

Nevada County Poverty Rate Comparison

Nevada Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Nevada is 13.3%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Nevada is 15.1%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Nevada

Female residents of Nevada are moderately(13%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

189,393 of 1,421,379 males in Nevada live below the poverty line.

215,870 of 1,424,986 females in Nevada live below the poverty line.

Nevada Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Nevada By Age?

Nevada Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Nevada Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Nevada have a Poverty Rate of 22.5%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Nevada have a Poverty Rate of 20.6%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Nevada have a Poverty Rate of 17.8%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Nevada have a Poverty Rate of 13.6%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Nevada have a Poverty Rate of 9.3%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Nevada have a Poverty Rate of 8.1%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Nevada have a Poverty Rate of 9.9%.

Historical Nevada Poverty Rate

Nevada Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

14.9% 15.3%

2011

15.9% 6.0% 15.9%

2012

16.4% 3.0% 15.9%

2013

15.8% 4.0% 15.8%

2014

15.2% 3.0% 15.5%

2015

14.7% 3.0% 14.7%

2016

13.8% 6.0% 14.0%

2017

13.0% 6.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Nevada Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

244,013

25.0% 25.2% 8.5%

American Indian

31,475

25.6% 26.8% 1.1%

Asian

231,134

9.6% 11.9% 8.0%

Pacific Islander

18,583

18.9% 19.0% 0.6%

Other

276,044

21.1% 23.8% 9.6%

Two Or More Races

131,768

15.6% 18.4% 4.6%

White

1,439,617

10.1% 10.3% 49.9%

Hispanic

803,743

19.4% 22.2% 27.8%

What's the Poverty Rate in Nevada By Race?

25.0% of Black residents of Nevada live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Nevada is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 60,929 of 244,013 black Nevadans live below the poverty line. Approximately 8.5% of the total population of Nevada are black.

9.6% of Asian residents of Nevada live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Nevada is the same as than the national average. 22,099 of 231,134 asian Nevadans live below the poverty line. Approximately 8.0% of the total population of Nevada are asian.

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

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Nevada is the same as than the national average. 144,854 of 1,439,617 white Nevadans live below the poverty line. Approximately 49.9% of the total population of Nevada are white.

19.4% of Hispanic residents of Nevada live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Nevada is the same as than the national average. 155,693 of 803,743 hispanic Nevadans live below the poverty line. Approximately 27.8% of the total population of Nevada are hispanic.

Nevada Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Nevada have a Poverty Rate of 18.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Nevada residents enrolled in school is slightly lower than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 126,710 of 679,887 Nevadans enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 23.5% of the total population of Nevada are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Nevada have a Poverty Rate of 12.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Nevada residents not enrolled in school is the same as than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 254,484 of 2,062,832 Nevadans not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 71.4% of the total population of Nevada are currently not enrolled in school.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Nevada have a Poverty Rate of 15.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Nevada residents enrolled in nursery school is moderately lower than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 5,066 of 31,771 Nevadans enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.1% of the total population of Nevada is currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Nevada have a Poverty Rate of 21.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Nevada residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is the same as than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 31,922 of 149,266 Nevadans enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.2% of the total population of Nevada are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Nevada have a Poverty Rate of 19.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Nevada residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is slightly higher than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 28,207 of 147,042 Nevadans enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.1% of the total population of Nevada are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Nevada have a Poverty Rate of 17.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Nevada residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is slightly lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 26,532 of 151,842 Nevadans enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.3% of the total population of Nevada 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 Nevada have a Poverty Rate of 17.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Nevada residents enrolled in undergraduate school is significantly lower than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 24,119 of 135,076 Nevadans enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.7% of the total population of Nevada are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Nevada have a Poverty Rate of 12.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Nevada residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is significantly lower than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 3,588 of 29,074 Nevadans enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.0% of the total population of Nevada is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Nevada Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

14.1%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Nevada who were born citizens of the United States is 14.1%.

14.8%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Nevada who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 14.8%.

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

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

Of the 2,288,036 residents of Nevada who were born citizens of the United States, 322,565 (14.1%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 82,698 (14.8%) of 558,329 residents of Nevada who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Nevada Poverty Rate By City

Nevada Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Battle Mountain

35th

13.0% 3,113

Boulder City

30th

11.1% 15,648

Bunkerville

15th

6.3% 1,277

Caliente

28th

10.8% 1,124

Carlin

12th

5.7% 2,361

Carson City

42nd

14.7% 54,219

Cold Springs

16th

6.8% 9,184

Dayton

48th

15.8% 9,305

East Valley

3rd

1.4% 1,391

Elko

39th

14.4% 20,225

Ely

50th

16.1% 4,124

Enterprise

20th

8.2% 155,773

Fallon

58th

20.0% 8,325

Fernley

32nd

11.2% 19,261

Gardnerville Ranchos

23rd

9.8% 11,103

Gardnerville

37th

13.9% 6,034

Golden Valley

1st

0.7% 1,541

Hawthorne

25th

10.3% 2,689

Henderson

21st

9.1% 284,817

Incline Village

26th

10.6% 8,795

Indian Hills

22nd

9.6% 5,911

Jackpot

65th

49.8% 1,526

Johnson Lane

8th

4.7% 6,134

Kingsbury

19th

8.2% 2,303

Las Vegas

51st

16.2% 621,662

Laughlin

56th

18.4% 7,758

Lemmon Valley

31st

11.2% 4,975

Lovelock

62nd

29.0% 1,773

McGill

4th

1.7% 1,318

Mesquite

33rd

11.4% 17,467

Minden

34th

12.5% 3,185

Moapa Town

27th

10.6% 1,169

Moapa Valley

9th

5.4% 6,840

Mogul

2nd

0.8% 1,884

Nellis AFB

40th

14.4% 3,248

North Las Vegas

43rd

15.1% 234,389

Owyhee

61st

25.3% 1,104

Pahrump

55th

17.8% 35,812

Panaca

5th

2.9% 1,174

Paradise

54th

17.3% 231,858

Pioche

63rd

34.6% 1,276

Reno

52nd

16.2% 239,732

Ruhenstroth

18th

7.8% 1,212

Sandy Valley

44th

15.3% 1,228

Schurz

64th

42.8% 1,048

Silver Springs

47th

15.7% 4,786

Smith Valley

14th

6.1% 1,564

Spanish Springs

10th

5.5% 16,458

Sparks

29th

11.1% 96,786

Spring Creek

7th

4.7% 13,482

Spring Valley

36th

13.3% 195,646

Stagecoach

59th

21.7% 1,950

Summerlin South

17th

7.2% 26,059

Sun Valley

53rd

16.3% 21,101

Sunrise Manor

60th

22.1% 193,854

Tonopah

49th

16.0% 2,355

Topaz Ranch Estates

41st

14.5% 1,610

Verdi

13th

5.7% 1,450

Washoe Valley

11th

5.6% 2,628

Wells

6th

3.0% 1,421

West Wendover

46th

15.5% 4,371

Whitney

45th

15.4% 43,955

Winchester

57th

19.6% 28,130

Winnemucca

24th

10.2% 7,870

Yerington

38th

14.1% 3,077

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