Poverty in Athens, Tennessee

What is the poverty rate in Athens, Tennessee?
The poverty rate in Athens is 26.3%. One out of every 3.8 residents of Athens lives in poverty.

How many people in Athens, Tennessee live in poverty?
3,411 of 12,989 Athens residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the poverty rate in Athens compare to the rest of Tennessee?
The Poverty Rate across the state of Tennessee is 16.7%, meaning Athens has a dramatically higher than average percentage of residents below the poverty line when compared to the rest of Tennessee.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Athens, Tennessee Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

1,028

32.9% 25.2% 7.6%

White

10,711

25.1% 10.3% 79.0%

What's the Poverty Rate in Athens, Tennessee By Race?

32.9% of Black residents of Athens, Tennessee live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Athens, Tennessee is the same as than the national average. 338 of 1,028 black Tennesseans live below the poverty line. Approximately 7.6% of the total population of Athens, Tennessee are black.

25.1% of White residents of Athens, Tennessee live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Athens, Tennessee is dramatically higher than the national average of 10.3%. 2,691 of 10,711 white Tennesseans live below the poverty line. Approximately 79.0% of the total population of Athens, Tennessee are white.

Athens, Tennessee Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Athens, Tennessee?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Athens, Tennessee is 23.6%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Athens, Tennessee is 28.8%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Athens, Tennessee

Female residents of Athens, Tennessee are meaningfully(22%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

1,498 of 6,340 males in Athens live below the poverty line.

1,913 of 6,649 females in Athens live below the poverty line.

Athens, Tennessee Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Athens, Tennessee have a Poverty Rate of 31.8%.
  • Not Enrolled in School in Athens, Tennessee have a Poverty Rate of 24.0%.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Athens, Tennessee have a Poverty Rate of 58.8%.
  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Athens, Tennessee have a Poverty Rate of 39.5%.

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Athens, Tennessee have a Poverty Rate of 30.2%.
  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Athens, Tennessee have a Poverty Rate of 23.8%.

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 Athens, Tennessee have a Poverty Rate of 28.8%.
  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Athens, Tennessee have a Poverty Rate of 6.2%.
Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Athens, Tennessee Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate By Age in Athens, Tennessee?

Athens, Tennessee Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Athens, Tennessee Poverty Rate By Age

Age Poverty Rate

Children Under 6

44.7%

Children 6 to 11 Years Old

42.0%

Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old

27.6%

Adults 18 to 59 Years Old

26.3%

Adults 60 to 74 Years Old

13.9%

75 to 84 Years Old

4.3%

Over 85 Years Old

34.8%

Athens, Tennessee Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

US Citizen

The Poverty Rate for residents of Athens, Tennessee who were born citizens of the United States is 27.2%.

Foreign

The Poverty Rate for residents of Athens, Tennessee who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 8.8%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Athens, Tennessee born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Residents of Athens, Tennessee who were born as US Citizens have a higher poverty rate than those who were born citizens of a country outside of the United States.

Of the 12,355 residents of Athens, Tennessee who were born citizens of the United States, 3,355 (27.2%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 56 (8.8%) of 634 residents of Athens, Tennessee 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 Athens, Tennessee

The poverty rate in Athens is 26.3%.
Athens is in McMinn County.
Tennessee Poverty Rate by City
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City Poverty Rate
Athens 26.3%
Englewood 19.4%
Etowah 18.9%
Niota 16.5%

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