Poverty in New York

What is the poverty rate in New York?
The poverty rate in New York is 15.1%. One out of every 6.6 residents of New York lives in poverty.

How many people in New York live in poverty?
2,908,471 of 19,285,448 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in New York compare to the national average?
New York ranks 33rd in Poverty Rate at 15.1%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of New York is slightly higher than the national average of 14.6%.

New York Poverty Rate County Map

New York County Poverty Rate Comparison

New York Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in New York is 13.8%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in New York is 16.3%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of New York

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

1,284,016 of 9,325,683 males in New York live below the poverty line.

1,624,455 of 9,959,765 females in New York live below the poverty line.

New York Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in New York By Age?

New York Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of New York Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in New York have a Poverty Rate of 22.6%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in New York have a Poverty Rate of 21.7%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in New York have a Poverty Rate of 19.5%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in New York have a Poverty Rate of 14.1%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in New York have a Poverty Rate of 10.9%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in New York have a Poverty Rate of 12.6%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in New York have a Poverty Rate of 13.4%.

Historical New York Poverty Rate

New York Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

14.9% 15.3%

2011

16.0% 6.0% 15.9%

2012

15.9% 0.0% 15.9%

2013

16.0% 0.0% 15.8%

2014

15.9% 0.0% 15.5%

2015

15.4% 3.0% 14.7%

2016

14.7% 4.0% 14.0%

2017

14.1% 4.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

New York Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

2,987,117

22.5% 25.2% 15.1%

American Indian

74,890

25.6% 26.8% 0.4%

Asian

1,619,418

16.8% 11.9% 8.2%

Pacific Islander

7,571

20.7% 19.0% 0.0%

Other

1,700,682

27.9% 23.8% 8.6%

Two Or More Races

571,474

20.4% 18.4% 2.9%

White

10,793,799

9.8% 10.3% 54.5%

Hispanic

3,644,173

24.4% 22.2% 18.4%

What's the Poverty Rate in New York By Race?

22.5% of Black residents of New York live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in New York is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 670,972 of 2,987,117 black New Yorkers live below the poverty line. Approximately 15.1% of the total population of New York are black.

16.8% of Asian residents of New York live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in New York is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 272,582 of 1,619,418 asian New Yorkers live below the poverty line. Approximately 8.2% of the total population of New York are asian.

9.8% of White residents of New York live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in New York is the same as than the national average. 1,054,761 of 10,793,799 white New Yorkers live below the poverty line. Approximately 54.5% of the total population of New York are white.

24.4% of Hispanic residents of New York live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in New York is the same as than the national average. 889,328 of 3,644,173 hispanic New Yorkers live below the poverty line. Approximately 18.4% of the total population of New York are hispanic.

New York Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in New York have a Poverty Rate of 20.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of New York residents enrolled in school is slightly higher than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 952,345 of 4,585,692 New Yorkers enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 23.2% of the total population of New York are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in New York have a Poverty Rate of 12.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of New York residents not enrolled in school is slightly higher than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 1,804,522 of 14,021,749 New Yorkers not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 70.8% of the total population of New York are currently not enrolled in school.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in New York have a Poverty Rate of 19.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of New York residents enrolled in nursery school is slightly higher than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 56,737 of 295,879 New Yorkers enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.5% of the total population of New York is currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in New York have a Poverty Rate of 22.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of New York residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is slightly higher than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 203,944 of 901,705 New Yorkers enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.6% of the total population of New York are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in New York have a Poverty Rate of 20.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of New York residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is slightly higher than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 185,400 of 907,830 New Yorkers enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.6% of the total population of New York are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in New York have a Poverty Rate of 19.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of New York residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is moderately higher than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 193,510 of 979,651 New Yorkers enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.9% of the total population of New York 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 New York have a Poverty Rate of 20.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of New York residents enrolled in undergraduate school is moderately lower than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 200,827 of 967,401 New Yorkers enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.9% of the total population of New York are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in New York have a Poverty Rate of 18.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of New York residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is moderately higher than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 57,460 of 303,449 New Yorkers enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.5% of the total population of New York are currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

New York Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

14.4%

The Poverty Rate for residents of New York who were born citizens of the United States is 14.4%.

17.4%

The Poverty Rate for residents of New York who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 17.4%.

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

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

Of the 14,854,663 residents of New York who were born citizens of the United States, 2,137,594 (14.4%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 770,877 (17.4%) of 4,430,785 residents of New York who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

New York Poverty Rate By City

New York Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Albany

754th

24.5% 98,498

Auburn

658th

17.6% 26,962

Baldwin

313th

6.4% 25,214

Bay Shore

448th

9.7% 30,392

Binghamton

797th

33.3% 45,964

Brentwood

543rd

12.3% 63,115

Brighton

484th

10.8% 36,753

Buffalo

790th

30.9% 259,574

Centereach

276th

5.5% 31,953

Central Islip

559th

13.0% 33,253

Cheektowaga

489th

11.0% 74,597

Commack

165th

3.9% 37,117

Copiague

327th

6.7% 22,926

Coram

224th

4.6% 40,713

Cortland

752nd

24.4% 18,914

Deer Park

396th

8.2% 27,653

Dix Hills

174th

4.0% 27,647

East Massapequa

277th

5.5% 18,689

East Meadow

217th

4.6% 37,195

East Northport

180th

4.1% 19,465

East Patchogue

421st

9.0% 22,796

Eastchester

86th

2.7% 20,099

Elmira

789th

30.9% 28,302

Elmont

375th

7.7% 36,636

Franklin Square

286th

5.7% 32,482

Freeport

552nd

12.6% 43,380

Garden City

94th

2.8% 22,699

Glen Cove

548th

12.4% 27,376

Harrison

319th

6.6% 28,319

Hauppauge

119th

3.2% 19,852

Hempstead

705th

20.2% 55,698

Hicksville

216th

4.6% 42,368

Holbrook

112th

3.1% 26,117

Holtsville

262nd

5.2% 20,201

Huntington Station

595th

14.5% 33,338

Irondequoit

406th

8.6% 50,890

Islip

341st

7.0% 18,254

Ithaca

802nd

43.4% 30,720

Jamestown

785th

29.7% 30,094

Kingston

664th

18.0% 23,419

Kiryas Joel

804th

48.0% 22,794

Lake Ronkonkoma

354th

7.3% 20,393

Levittown

218th

4.6% 51,839

Lindenhurst

280th

5.6% 27,257

Lockport

616th

15.4% 20,676

Long Beach

371st

7.7% 33,657

Lynbrook

181st

4.2% 19,706

Mamaroneck

363rd

7.5% 19,327

Massapequa

66th

2.4% 22,102

Medford

426th

9.2% 24,129

Melville

213th

4.5% 18,418

Merrick

127th

3.2% 20,679

Middletown

656th

17.3% 27,729

Mineola

265th

5.3% 19,223

Monsey

803rd

44.1% 22,043

Mount Vernon

601st

14.8% 68,671

Nanuet

394th

8.1% 18,312

New City

184th

4.2% 34,338

New Rochelle

499th

11.2% 79,877

New York

694th

19.6% 8,560,072

Newburgh

791st

31.2% 28,444

Niagara Falls

776th

27.5% 48,976

North Amityville

403rd

8.5% 19,774

North Bay Shore

449th

9.7% 21,886

North Bellmore

80th

2.6% 19,994

North Massapequa

255th

5.1% 18,591

North Tonawanda

413th

8.8% 30,752

North Valley Stream

157th

3.8% 19,153

Oceanside

274th

5.5% 30,710

Ossining

488th

10.9% 25,386

Peekskill

558th

13.0% 24,111

Plainview

158th

3.8% 26,141

Plattsburgh

751st

24.3% 19,734

Port Chester

545th

12.4% 29,623

Poughkeepsie

733rd

22.4% 30,505

Rochester

796th

33.1% 209,463

Rockville Centre

278th

5.5% 24,485

Rome

689th

19.4% 32,589

Ronkonkoma

258th

5.2% 18,628

Rotterdam

412th

8.8% 20,470

Saratoga Springs

331st

6.8% 27,682

Schenectady

719th

21.0% 65,705

Selden

339th

6.9% 19,928

Shirley

492nd

11.1% 27,186

Smithtown

97th

2.9% 26,340

Spring Valley

765th

25.9% 32,538

Syosset

118th

3.2% 19,669

Syracuse

795th

32.6% 144,405

Troy

767th

26.1% 49,826

Uniondale

532nd

12.0% 31,597

Utica

786th

30.4% 61,114

Valley Stream

208th

4.4% 37,843

Wantagh

38th

1.9% 18,525

Watertown

756th

24.7% 26,437

West Babylon

275th

5.5% 43,168

West Hempstead

288th

5.7% 19,841

West Islip

263rd

5.3% 27,117

West Seneca

342nd

7.0% 45,340

White Plains

523rd

11.9% 58,404

Yonkers

639th

16.4% 200,999

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