Poverty in Rhode Island

What is the poverty rate in Rhode Island?
The poverty rate in Rhode Island is 13.4%. One out of every 7.5 residents of Rhode Island lives in poverty.

How many people in Rhode Island live in poverty?
136,126 of 1,015,923 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Rhode Island compare to the national average?
Rhode Island ranks 23rd in Poverty Rate at 13.4%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Rhode Island is slightly lower than the national average of 14.6%.

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Rhode Island County Poverty Rate Comparison

Rhode Island Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Rhode Island is 12.1%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Rhode Island is 14.6%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Rhode Island

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

59,737 of 493,762 males in Rhode Island live below the poverty line.

76,389 of 522,161 females in Rhode Island live below the poverty line.

Rhode Island Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Rhode Island By Age?

Rhode Island Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Rhode Island Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Rhode Island have a Poverty Rate of 20.9%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Rhode Island have a Poverty Rate of 19.4%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Rhode Island have a Poverty Rate of 16.6%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Rhode Island have a Poverty Rate of 13.0%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Rhode Island have a Poverty Rate of 8.7%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Rhode Island have a Poverty Rate of 10.6%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Rhode Island have a Poverty Rate of 11.9%.

Historical Rhode Island Poverty Rate

Rhode Island Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

14.0% 15.3%

2011

14.7% 4.0% 15.9%

2012

13.7% 7.0% 15.9%

2013

14.3% 3.0% 15.8%

2014

14.3% 0.0% 15.5%

2015

13.9% 3.0% 14.7%

2016

12.8% 8.0% 14.0%

2017

11.6% 10.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Rhode Island Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

65,194

24.0% 25.2% 6.2%

American Indian

5,219

40.1% 26.8% 0.5%

Asian

33,385

14.5% 11.9% 3.2%

Other

58,477

28.8% 23.8% 5.5%

Two Or More Races

29,420

23.9% 18.4% 2.8%

White

743,960

9.1% 10.3% 70.4%

Hispanic

149,894

28.9% 22.2% 14.2%

What's the Poverty Rate in Rhode Island By Race?

24.0% of Black residents of Rhode Island live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Rhode Island is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 15,658 of 65,194 black Rhode Islanders live below the poverty line. Approximately 6.2% of the total population of Rhode Island are black.

14.5% of Asian residents of Rhode Island live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Rhode Island is the same as than the national average. 4,825 of 33,385 asian Rhode Islanders live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.2% of the total population of Rhode Island are asian.

9.1% of White residents of Rhode Island live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Rhode Island is dramatically lower than the national average of 10.3%. 67,685 of 743,960 white Rhode Islanders live below the poverty line. Approximately 70.4% of the total population of Rhode Island are white.

28.9% of Hispanic residents of Rhode Island live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Rhode Island is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 43,392 of 149,894 hispanic Rhode Islanders live below the poverty line. Approximately 14.2% of the total population of Rhode Island are hispanic.

Rhode Island Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Rhode Island have a Poverty Rate of 18.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Rhode Island residents enrolled in school is slightly lower than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 44,375 of 236,918 Rhode Islanders enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 22.4% of the total population of Rhode Island are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Rhode Island have a Poverty Rate of 11.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Rhode Island residents not enrolled in school is slightly lower than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 84,639 of 747,325 Rhode Islanders not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 70.8% of the total population of Rhode Island are currently not enrolled in school.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Rhode Island have a Poverty Rate of 15.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Rhode Island residents enrolled in nursery school is moderately lower than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 2,067 of 13,590 Rhode Islanders enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.3% of the total population of Rhode Island is currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Rhode Island have a Poverty Rate of 19.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Rhode Island residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is slightly lower than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 8,951 of 45,245 Rhode Islanders enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.3% of the total population of Rhode Island are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Rhode Island have a Poverty Rate of 17.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Rhode Island residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is slightly lower than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 8,418 of 47,857 Rhode Islanders enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.5% of the total population of Rhode Island are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Rhode Island have a Poverty Rate of 16.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Rhode Island residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is slightly lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 8,136 of 49,359 Rhode Islanders enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.7% of the total population of Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island have a Poverty Rate of 21.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Rhode Island residents enrolled in undergraduate school is moderately lower than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 11,685 of 54,836 Rhode Islanders enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.2% of the total population of Rhode Island are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Rhode Island have a Poverty Rate of 18.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Rhode Island residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is slightly higher than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 2,919 of 15,565 Rhode Islanders enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.5% of the total population of Rhode Island is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Rhode Island Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

12.7%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Rhode Island who were born citizens of the United States is 12.7%.

17.4%

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

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

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

Of the 874,799 residents of Rhode Island who were born citizens of the United States, 111,519 (12.7%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 24,607 (17.4%) of 141,124 residents of Rhode Island who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Rhode Island Poverty Rate By City

Rhode Island Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Ashaway

1st

1.5% 1,118

Bradford

16th

12.5% 1,477

Central Falls

25th

30.7% 19,395

Chepachet

13th

11.8% 1,813

Cranston

8th

9.9% 80,979

Cumberland Hill

5th

5.1% 8,062

East Providence

11th

10.6% 47,425

Greenville

3rd

3.7% 8,388

Harmony

4th

4.1% 1,057

Harrisville

24th

28.1% 1,396

Hope Valley

2nd

2.5% 1,777

Kingston

21st

24.0% 6,983

Melville

18th

18.5% 1,429

Narragansett Pier

20th

20.7% 3,977

Newport East

9th

10.1% 11,211

Newport

17th

14.6% 24,745

Pascoag

15th

12.5% 5,041

Pawtucket

19th

20.0% 71,770

Providence

23rd

26.9% 179,509

Tiverton

6th

6.5% 7,727

Valley Falls

12th

11.2% 12,056

Wakefield-Peacedale

14th

12.3% 9,044

Warwick

7th

6.7% 81,218

Westerly

10th

10.4% 17,323

Woonsocket

22nd

24.4% 41,508

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