Poverty in Durham, North Carolina

What is the poverty rate in Durham, North Carolina?
The poverty rate in Durham is 17.4%. One out of every 5.7 residents of Durham lives in poverty.

How many people in Durham, North Carolina live in poverty?
43,123 of 247,668 Durham residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the poverty rate in Durham compare to the rest of North Carolina?
The Poverty Rate across the state of North Carolina is 16.1%, meaning Durham has a slightly higher than average percentage of residents below the poverty line when compared to the rest of North Carolina.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Historical Durham, North Carolina Poverty Rate

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

2010

21.0% 15.3%

2011

21.5% 2.0% 15.9%

2012

21.0% 2.0% 15.9%

2013

18.2% 15.0% 15.8%

2014

17.7% 2.0% 15.5%

2015

17.8% 0.0% 14.7%

2016

17.1% 4.0% 14.0%

2017

17.1% 0.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Durham, North Carolina Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

97,939

22.1% 25.2% 38.1%

Asian

12,174

18.7% 11.9% 4.7%

Other

9,549

26.7% 23.8% 3.7%

Two Or More Races

7,577

21.5% 18.4% 2.9%

White

96,439

7.9% 10.3% 37.5%

Hispanic

35,020

31.2% 22.2% 13.6%

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

22.1% of Black residents of Durham, North Carolina live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Durham, North Carolina is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 21,672 of 97,939 black North Carolinians live below the poverty line. Approximately 38.1% of the total population of Durham, North Carolina are black.

18.7% of Asian residents of Durham, North Carolina live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Durham, North Carolina is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 2,276 of 12,174 asian North Carolinians live below the poverty line. Approximately 4.7% of the total population of Durham, North Carolina are asian.

7.9% of White residents of Durham, North Carolina live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Durham, North Carolina is dramatically lower than the national average of 10.3%. 7,606 of 96,439 white North Carolinians live below the poverty line. Approximately 37.5% of the total population of Durham, North Carolina are white.

31.2% of Hispanic residents of Durham, North Carolina live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Durham, North Carolina is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 10,936 of 35,020 hispanic North Carolinians live below the poverty line. Approximately 13.6% of the total population of Durham, North Carolina are hispanic.

Durham, North Carolina Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Durham, North Carolina is 16.6%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Durham, North Carolina is 18.1%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Durham, North Carolina

Female residents of Durham, North Carolina are slightly(9%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

19,377 of 116,390 males in Durham live below the poverty line.

23,746 of 131,278 females in Durham live below the poverty line.

Durham, North Carolina Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Durham, North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 26.1%.
  • Not Enrolled in School in Durham, North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 13.8%.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Durham, North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 17.0%.
  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Durham, North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 26.2%.

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Durham, North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 25.1%.
  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Durham, North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 26.9%.

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 Durham, North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 30.6%.
  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Durham, North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 23.2%.
Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Durham, North Carolina Poverty Rate By Age

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

Durham, North Carolina Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Durham, North Carolina Poverty Rate By Age

Age Poverty Rate

Children Under 6

25.2%

Children 6 to 11 Years Old

28.2%

Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old

24.7%

Adults 18 to 59 Years Old

16.3%

Adults 60 to 74 Years Old

10.3%

75 to 84 Years Old

6.8%

Over 85 Years Old

9.4%

Durham, North Carolina Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

US Citizen

The Poverty Rate for residents of Durham, North Carolina who were born citizens of the United States is 16.5%.

Foreign

The Poverty Rate for residents of Durham, North Carolina who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 22.3%.

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

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

Of the 210,729 residents of Durham, North Carolina who were born citizens of the United States, 34,874 (16.5%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 8,249 (22.3%) of 36,939 residents of Durham, North Carolina 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 Durham, North Carolina

The poverty rate in Durham is 17.4%.
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