Poverty in Pennsylvania

What is the poverty rate in Pennsylvania?
The poverty rate in Pennsylvania is 13.1%. One out of every 7.6 residents of Pennsylvania lives in poverty.

How many people in Pennsylvania live in poverty?
1,623,537 of 12,377,251 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Pennsylvania compare to the national average?
Pennsylvania ranks 22nd in Poverty Rate at 13.1%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Pennsylvania is moderately lower than the national average of 14.6%.

Pennsylvania Poverty Rate County Map

Pennsylvania County Poverty Rate Comparison

Pennsylvania Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Pennsylvania is 11.9%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Pennsylvania is 14.3%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Pennsylvania

Female residents of Pennsylvania are meaningfully(20%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

717,479 of 6,029,380 males in Pennsylvania live below the poverty line.

906,058 of 6,347,871 females in Pennsylvania live below the poverty line.

Pennsylvania Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Pennsylvania By Age?

Pennsylvania Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Pennsylvania Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 20.9%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 18.9%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 16.1%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 13.0%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 8.0%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 8.8%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 10.1%.

Historical Pennsylvania Poverty Rate

Pennsylvania Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

13.4% 15.3%

2011

13.8% 2.0% 15.9%

2012

13.7% 0.0% 15.9%

2013

13.7% 0.0% 15.8%

2014

13.6% 0.0% 15.5%

2015

13.2% 3.0% 14.7%

2016

12.9% 2.0% 14.0%

2017

12.5% 3.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Pennsylvania Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

1,335,508

27.6% 25.2% 10.4%

American Indian

23,577

27.6% 26.8% 0.2%

Asian

402,807

15.3% 11.9% 3.1%

Pacific Islander

3,531

27.3% 19.0% 0.0%

Other

242,275

33.4% 23.8% 1.9%

Two Or More Races

284,373

24.2% 18.4% 2.2%

White

9,605,806

9.4% 10.3% 75.1%

Hispanic

841,371

30.8% 22.2% 6.6%

What's the Poverty Rate in Pennsylvania By Race?

27.6% of Black residents of Pennsylvania live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Pennsylvania is the same as than the national average. 368,064 of 1,335,508 black Pennsylvanians live below the poverty line. Approximately 10.4% of the total population of Pennsylvania are black.

15.3% of Asian residents of Pennsylvania live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Pennsylvania is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 61,638 of 402,807 asian Pennsylvanians live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.1% of the total population of Pennsylvania are asian.

9.4% of White residents of Pennsylvania live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Pennsylvania is dramatically lower than the national average of 10.3%. 900,116 of 9,605,806 white Pennsylvanians live below the poverty line. Approximately 75.1% of the total population of Pennsylvania are white.

30.8% of Hispanic residents of Pennsylvania live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Pennsylvania is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 259,020 of 841,371 hispanic Pennsylvanians live below the poverty line. Approximately 6.6% of the total population of Pennsylvania are hispanic.

Pennsylvania Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 18.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Pennsylvania residents enrolled in school is slightly lower than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 524,462 of 2,781,308 Pennsylvanians enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 21.7% of the total population of Pennsylvania are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 11.0%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Pennsylvania residents not enrolled in school is moderately lower than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 1,011,155 of 9,183,241 Pennsylvanians not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 71.8% of the total population of Pennsylvania are currently not enrolled in school.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 16.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Pennsylvania residents enrolled in nursery school is moderately lower than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 29,413 of 180,337 Pennsylvanians enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.4% of the total population of Pennsylvania is currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 19.0%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Pennsylvania residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is moderately lower than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 109,905 of 577,778 Pennsylvanians enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.5% of the total population of Pennsylvania are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 17.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Pennsylvania residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is moderately lower than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 101,595 of 593,237 Pennsylvanians enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.6% of the total population of Pennsylvania are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 15.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Pennsylvania residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is moderately lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 98,759 of 623,244 Pennsylvanians enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.9% of the total population of Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 25.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Pennsylvania residents enrolled in undergraduate school is slightly higher than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 126,645 of 502,852 Pennsylvanians enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 3.9% of the total population of Pennsylvania are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 18.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Pennsylvania residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is slightly higher than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 29,915 of 165,395 Pennsylvanians enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.3% of the total population of Pennsylvania is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Pennsylvania Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

12.8%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Pennsylvania who were born citizens of the United States is 12.8%.

17.4%

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

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

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

Of the 11,556,306 residents of Pennsylvania who were born citizens of the United States, 1,481,087 (12.8%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 142,450 (17.4%) of 820,945 residents of Pennsylvania who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Pennsylvania Poverty Rate By City

Pennsylvania Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Allentown

908th

27.3% 120,128

Allison Park

170th

4.7% 22,041

Altoona

857th

23.2% 44,749

Ardmore

380th

8.3% 13,193

Baldwin

277th

6.6% 19,743

Berwick

864th

23.6% 10,231

Bethel Park

200th

5.1% 32,179

Bethlehem

683rd

15.8% 75,240

Bloomsburg

929th

31.3% 14,500

Brentwood

372nd

8.1% 9,528

Bristol

752nd

18.2% 9,645

Broomall

168th

4.6% 10,883

Butler

920th

29.6% 13,292

Carlisle

724th

17.1% 19,113

Carnot-Moon

562nd

12.0% 12,430

Chambersburg

774th

19.1% 20,640

Chester

947th

35.9% 34,102

Coatesville

924th

30.1% 13,169

Colonial Park

459th

10.0% 12,438

Columbia

783rd

19.5% 10,430

Croydon

546th

11.5% 9,865

Darby

911th

27.9% 10,710

Drexel Hill

404th

8.7% 28,246

Dunmore

608th

13.2% 13,412

East Stroudsburg

780th

19.3% 10,149

Easton

763rd

18.6% 27,045

Elizabethtown

466th

10.1% 11,579

Emmaus

330th

7.4% 11,360

Ephrata

535th

11.2% 13,785

Erie

901st

26.8% 98,970

Franklin Park

31st

1.4% 14,301

Fullerton

625th

13.6% 15,304

Greensburg

876th

24.6% 14,476

Hanover

696th

16.1% 15,506

Harleysville

153rd

4.4% 9,673

Harrisburg

923rd

29.9% 49,278

Hazleton

863rd

23.5% 24,882

Hermitage

392nd

8.4% 15,901

Hershey

725th

17.1% 14,793

Horsham

76th

2.7% 14,563

Indiana

954th

40.4% 13,690

Jeannette

708th

16.5% 9,341

Jefferson Hills

87th

3.1% 11,244

Johnstown

952nd

37.9% 19,967

King of Prussia

204th

5.2% 20,044

Kingston

505th

10.8% 12,959

Lancaster

898th

26.5% 59,556

Lansdale

405th

8.7% 16,506

Lansdowne

416th

9.0% 10,641

Lebanon

885th

25.1% 25,703

Levittown

215th

5.4% 51,945

Lititz

185th

4.9% 9,269

Lock Haven

953rd

39.6% 9,540

Lower Burrell

343rd

7.7% 11,413

McKeesport

934th

33.1% 19,488

Meadville

882nd

24.9% 13,105

Monroeville

385th

8.3% 28,054

Montgomeryville

186th

4.9% 13,370

Mountain Top

137th

4.1% 11,311

Munhall

549th

11.6% 11,296

Murrysville

100th

3.3% 19,972

Nanticoke

766th

18.7% 10,296

New Castle

907th

27.2% 22,434

New Kensington

849th

22.9% 12,679

Norristown

819th

21.5% 34,556

Northampton

340th

7.6% 9,888

Oil City

853rd

23.1% 10,101

Park Forest Village

861st

23.3% 9,737

Philadelphia

892nd

25.8% 1,569,657

Phoenixville

419th

9.1% 16,743

Pittsburgh

830th

22.0% 305,012

Plum

162nd

4.5% 27,390

Pottstown

827th

22.0% 22,715

Pottsville

552nd

11.6% 13,827

Progress

592nd

12.9% 9,737

Reading

950th

36.6% 88,275

Scranton

865th

23.6% 76,624

Sharon

886th

25.2% 13,505

Shiloh

310th

7.0% 11,247

South Park Township

249th

6.2% 13,419

St. Marys

320th

7.2% 12,603

State College

957th

43.7% 42,224

Sunbury

782nd

19.5% 9,643

Uniontown

922nd

29.9% 9,975

Upper St. Clair

81st

2.9% 19,524

Warren

649th

14.4% 9,333

Washington

811th

21.0% 13,624

Waynesboro

712th

16.6% 10,793

Weigelstown

247th

6.2% 13,135

West Chester

904th

27.0% 19,698

West Mifflin

654th

14.7% 20,075

Whitehall

646th

14.3% 13,828

Wilkes-Barre

916th

28.6% 40,887

Wilkinsburg

884th

25.1% 15,748

Williamsport

906th

27.1% 28,938

Willow Grove

449th

9.8% 15,253

Woodlyn

559th

11.8% 9,439

Wyomissing

265th

6.5% 10,452

Yeadon

582nd

12.5% 11,523

York

946th

35.8% 44,058

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