Poverty in North Carolina

What is the poverty rate in North Carolina?
The poverty rate in North Carolina is 16.1%. One out of every 6.2 residents of North Carolina lives in poverty.

How many people in North Carolina live in poverty?
1,579,871 of 9,783,738 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in North Carolina compare to the national average?
North Carolina ranks 38th in Poverty Rate at 16.1%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of North Carolina is moderately higher than the national average of 14.6%.

North Carolina Poverty Rate County Map

North Carolina County Poverty Rate Comparison

North Carolina Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in North Carolina is 14.7%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in North Carolina is 17.5%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of North Carolina

Female residents of North Carolina are moderately(19%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

694,126 of 4,733,269 males in North Carolina live below the poverty line.

885,745 of 5,050,469 females in North Carolina live below the poverty line.

North Carolina Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in North Carolina By Age?

North Carolina Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of North Carolina Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 26.0%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 23.1%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 19.8%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 15.6%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 9.9%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 10.1%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 12.6%.

Historical North Carolina Poverty Rate

North Carolina Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

17.5% 15.3%

2011

17.9% 2.0% 15.9%

2012

18.0% 0.0% 15.9%

2013

17.9% 0.0% 15.8%

2014

17.2% 3.0% 15.5%

2015

16.4% 4.0% 14.7%

2016

15.4% 6.0% 14.0%

2017

14.7% 4.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

North Carolina Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

2,077,559

24.9% 25.2% 20.7%

American Indian

114,751

26.2% 26.8% 1.1%

Asian

262,596

12.7% 11.9% 2.6%

Pacific Islander

5,886

18.6% 19.0% 0.1%

Other

305,431

32.0% 23.8% 3.0%

Two Or More Races

240,824

22.9% 18.4% 2.4%

White

6,248,560

11.1% 10.3% 62.2%

Hispanic

894,810

30.1% 22.2% 8.9%

What's the Poverty Rate in North Carolina By Race?

24.9% of Black residents of North Carolina live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in North Carolina is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 517,071 of 2,077,559 black North Carolinians live below the poverty line. Approximately 20.7% of the total population of North Carolina are black.

12.7% of Asian residents of North Carolina live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in North Carolina is the same as than the national average. 33,282 of 262,596 asian North Carolinians live below the poverty line. Approximately 2.6% of the total population of North Carolina are asian.

11.1% of White residents of North Carolina live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in North Carolina is the same as than the national average. 692,760 of 6,248,560 white North Carolinians live below the poverty line. Approximately 62.2% of the total population of North Carolina are white.

30.1% of Hispanic residents of North Carolina live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in North Carolina is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 268,985 of 894,810 hispanic North Carolinians live below the poverty line. Approximately 8.9% of the total population of North Carolina are hispanic.

North Carolina Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 22.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of North Carolina residents enrolled in school is moderately higher than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 537,006 of 2,402,568 North Carolinians enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 23.9% of the total population of North Carolina are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 13.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of North Carolina residents not enrolled in school is moderately higher than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 949,766 of 7,029,476 North Carolinians not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 69.9% of the total population of North Carolina are currently not enrolled in school.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 19.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of North Carolina residents enrolled in nursery school is slightly higher than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 27,129 of 137,189 North Carolinians enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.4% of the total population of North Carolina is currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 23.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of North Carolina residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is moderately higher than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 118,860 of 502,974 North Carolinians enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.0% of the total population of North Carolina are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 20.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of North Carolina residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is slightly higher than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 105,429 of 506,916 North Carolinians enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.0% of the total population of North Carolina are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 19.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of North Carolina residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is moderately higher than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 102,652 of 526,250 North Carolinians enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.2% of the total population of North Carolina 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 North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 26.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of North Carolina residents enrolled in undergraduate school is moderately higher than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 128,923 of 485,335 North Carolinians enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.8% of the total population of North Carolina are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 17.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of North Carolina residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is slightly higher than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 20,860 of 118,414 North Carolinians enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.2% of the total population of North Carolina is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

North Carolina Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

15.8%

The Poverty Rate for residents of North Carolina who were born citizens of the United States is 15.8%.

20.8%

The Poverty Rate for residents of North Carolina who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 20.8%.

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

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

Of the 9,006,738 residents of North Carolina who were born citizens of the United States, 1,418,586 (15.8%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 161,285 (20.8%) of 777,000 residents of North Carolina who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

North Carolina Poverty Rate By City

North Carolina Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Albemarle

340th

25.9% 15,874

Apex

43rd

5.0% 45,899

Archdale

112th

9.2% 11,509

Asheboro

307th

22.6% 25,863

Asheville

193rd

15.1% 89,318

Belmont

160th

12.8% 11,373

Boone

442nd

58.4% 18,493

Burlington

274th

20.5% 52,813

Carrboro

211th

16.4% 21,099

Cary

56th

5.6% 159,715

Chapel Hill

271st

20.3% 59,234

Charlotte

191st

14.9% 826,060

Clayton

103rd

8.8% 19,306

Clemmons

90th

7.8% 19,844

Clinton

365th

28.8% 8,630

Concord

150th

11.9% 87,607

Cornelius

57th

5.7% 28,052

Davidson

40th

4.9% 12,325

Dunn

372nd

29.6% 9,657

Durham

224th

17.4% 257,232

Eden

339th

25.7% 15,235

Elizabeth City

348th

26.7% 17,732

Elon

241st

18.6% 9,939

Fayetteville

249th

19.3% 210,324

Fuquay-Varina

79th

7.1% 24,373

Garner

153rd

12.1% 28,048

Gastonia

245th

19.1% 74,381

Goldsboro

342nd

25.9% 35,432

Graham

356th

27.6% 14,540

Greensboro

248th

19.2% 284,816

Greenville

390th

32.1% 90,347

Harrisburg

66th

6.1% 14,856

Havelock

161st

12.8% 20,404

Henderson

382nd

31.1% 15,009

Hendersonville

292nd

21.9% 13,620

Hickory

231st

17.8% 40,157

High Point

252nd

19.4% 109,849

Holly Springs

25th

4.0% 31,827

Hope Mills

186th

14.3% 16,106

Huntersville

37th

4.7% 53,302

Indian Trail

97th

8.4% 37,191

Jacksonville

181st

14.0% 73,661

Kannapolis

209th

16.1% 46,498

Kernersville

179th

13.9% 23,988

Kings Grant

154th

12.1% 9,119

Kings Mountain

279th

21.0% 10,929

Kinston

374th

30.0% 21,004

Knightdale

50th

5.2% 14,363

Laurinburg

399th

33.8% 15,320

Leland

198th

15.3% 18,023

Lenoir

301st

22.3% 17,890

Lewisville

74th

6.9% 13,516

Lexington

381st

31.0% 18,916

Lincolnton

377th

30.6% 10,574

Lumberton

403rd

35.6% 21,366

Matthews

53rd

5.5% 30,760

Mebane

131st

10.7% 14,426

Mint Hill

134th

10.8% 25,600

Monroe

288th

21.5% 34,368

Mooresville

107th

9.0% 36,577

Morehead City

286th

21.3% 9,200

Morganton

284th

21.2% 16,478

Morrisville

47th

5.1% 23,873

Mount Airy

309th

22.8% 10,198

Mount Holly

123rd

10.0% 14,948

Murraysville

124th

10.1% 15,111

Myrtle Grove

111th

9.2% 10,610

New Bern

268th

20.3% 29,664

Newton

195th

15.2% 12,991

Oxford

347th

26.5% 8,614

Pinehurst

14th

2.5% 15,580

Pineville

117th

9.7% 8,418

Piney Green

247th

19.2% 13,573

Raleigh

183rd

14.0% 449,477

Reidsville

328th

24.2% 13,933

Roanoke Rapids

350th

26.7% 15,107

Rockingham

364th

28.8% 9,094

Rocky Mount

306th

22.4% 55,373

Salisbury

311th

22.9% 33,561

Sanford

261st

20.0% 29,051

Shelby

360th

28.0% 20,058

Smithfield

314th

23.2% 11,824

Southern Pines

196th

15.2% 13,426

Spring Lake

244th

19.1% 12,746

St. Stephens

135th

10.8% 9,004

Stallings

78th

7.1% 14,970

Statesville

345th

26.2% 25,872

Summerfield

8th

2.1% 10,957

Tarboro

217th

16.6% 11,038

Thomasville

262nd

20.1% 26,901

Wake Forest

68th

6.2% 38,473

Washington

327th

24.2% 9,721

Waxhaw

24th

3.9% 13,343

Waynesville

298th

22.2% 9,804

Weddington

6th

1.9% 10,388

Wesley Chapel

16th

2.9% 8,447

Wilmington

317th

23.2% 115,261

Wilson

310th

22.8% 49,237

Winston-Salem

318th

23.3% 240,193

Winterville

72nd

6.7% 9,488

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