Poverty in Raleigh, North Carolina

What is the poverty rate in Raleigh, North Carolina?
The poverty rate in Raleigh is 14.0%. One out of every 7.1 residents of Raleigh lives in poverty.

How many people in Raleigh, North Carolina live in poverty?
60,295 of 429,912 Raleigh residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

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

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Historical Raleigh, North Carolina Poverty Rate

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

2010

18.4% 15.3%

2011

16.6% 10.0% 15.9%

2012

16.4% 1.0% 15.9%

2013

15.1% 8.0% 15.8%

2014

16.6% 9.0% 15.5%

2015

15.6% 5.0% 14.7%

2016

12.1% 29.0% 14.0%

2017

12.6% 4.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Raleigh, North Carolina Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

123,619

18.5% 25.2% 27.5%

American Indian

1,423

15.5% 26.8% 0.3%

Asian

19,761

16.8% 11.9% 4.4%

Other

20,158

23.0% 23.8% 4.5%

Two Or More Races

11,219

13.7% 18.4% 2.5%

White

228,840

8.4% 10.3% 50.9%

Hispanic

48,406

29.6% 22.2% 10.8%

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

18.5% of Black residents of Raleigh, North Carolina live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Raleigh, North Carolina is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 22,825 of 123,619 black North Carolinians live below the poverty line. Approximately 27.5% of the total population of Raleigh, North Carolina are black.

16.8% of Asian residents of Raleigh, North Carolina live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Raleigh, North Carolina is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 3,316 of 19,761 asian North Carolinians live below the poverty line. Approximately 4.4% of the total population of Raleigh, North Carolina are asian.

8.4% of White residents of Raleigh, North Carolina live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Raleigh, North Carolina is dramatically lower than the national average of 10.3%. 19,271 of 228,840 white North Carolinians live below the poverty line. Approximately 50.9% of the total population of Raleigh, North Carolina are white.

29.6% of Hispanic residents of Raleigh, North Carolina live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Raleigh, North Carolina is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 14,306 of 48,406 hispanic North Carolinians live below the poverty line. Approximately 10.8% of the total population of Raleigh, North Carolina are hispanic.

Raleigh, North Carolina Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Raleigh, North Carolina is 13.4%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Raleigh, North Carolina is 14.6%.

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

Female residents of Raleigh, North Carolina are slightly(8%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

27,881 of 207,673 males in Raleigh live below the poverty line.

32,414 of 222,239 females in Raleigh live below the poverty line.

Raleigh, North Carolina Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Raleigh, North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 23.5%.
  • Not Enrolled in School in Raleigh, North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 9.9%.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Raleigh, North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 13.0%.
  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Raleigh, North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 19.6%.

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Raleigh, North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 17.9%.
  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Raleigh, North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 16.3%.

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 Raleigh, North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 37.5%.
  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Raleigh, North Carolina have a Poverty Rate of 26.9%.
Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Raleigh, North Carolina Poverty Rate By Age

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

Raleigh, North Carolina Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Raleigh, North Carolina Poverty Rate By Age

Age Poverty Rate

Children Under 6

22.6%

Children 6 to 11 Years Old

19.5%

Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old

16.9%

Adults 18 to 59 Years Old

13.6%

Adults 60 to 74 Years Old

7.0%

75 to 84 Years Old

6.4%

Over 85 Years Old

7.3%

Raleigh, North Carolina Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

US Citizen

The Poverty Rate for residents of Raleigh, North Carolina who were born citizens of the United States is 13.0%.

Foreign

The Poverty Rate for residents of Raleigh, North Carolina who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 20.5%.

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

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

Of the 370,684 residents of Raleigh, North Carolina who were born citizens of the United States, 48,142 (13.0%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 12,153 (20.5%) of 59,228 residents of Raleigh, 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 Raleigh, North Carolina

The poverty rate in Raleigh is 14.0%.
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