Poverty in Austin, Texas

What is the poverty rate in Austin, Texas?
The poverty rate in Austin is 15.4%. One out of every 6.5 residents of Austin lives in poverty.

How many people in Austin, Texas live in poverty?
138,274 of 896,303 Austin residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the poverty rate in Austin compare to the rest of Texas?
The Poverty Rate across the state of Texas is 16.0%, meaning Austin has a slightly lower than average percentage of residents below the poverty line when compared to the rest of Texas.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Historical Austin, Texas Poverty Rate

Austin, Texas Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

20.8% 15.3%

2011

20.3% 2.0% 15.9%

2012

20.3% 0.0% 15.9%

2013

17.8% 13.0% 15.8%

2014

18.5% 3.0% 15.5%

2015

14.5% 28.0% 14.7%

2016

13.5% 7.0% 14.0%

2017

13.1% 2.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Austin, Texas Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

66,680

22.9% 25.2% 7.3%

American Indian

4,150

17.3% 26.8% 0.5%

Asian

63,161

14.5% 11.9% 6.9%

Other

61,096

26.9% 23.8% 6.7%

Two Or More Races

28,345

15.8% 18.4% 3.1%

White

433,798

9.1% 10.3% 47.3%

Hispanic

312,039

22.9% 22.2% 34.0%

What's the Poverty Rate in Austin, Texas By Race?

22.9% of Black residents of Austin, Texas live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Austin, Texas is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 15,289 of 66,680 black Texans live below the poverty line. Approximately 7.3% of the total population of Austin, Texas are black.

14.5% of Asian residents of Austin, Texas live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Austin, Texas is the same as than the national average. 9,128 of 63,161 asian Texans live below the poverty line. Approximately 6.9% of the total population of Austin, Texas are asian.

9.1% of White residents of Austin, Texas live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Austin, Texas is dramatically lower than the national average of 10.3%. 39,357 of 433,798 white Texans live below the poverty line. Approximately 47.3% of the total population of Austin, Texas are white.

22.9% of Hispanic residents of Austin, Texas live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Austin, Texas is the same as than the national average. 71,383 of 312,039 hispanic Texans live below the poverty line. Approximately 34.0% of the total population of Austin, Texas are hispanic.

Austin, Texas Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Austin, Texas?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Austin, Texas is 14.2%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Austin, Texas is 16.7%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Austin, Texas

Female residents of Austin, Texas are moderately(17%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

64,642 of 454,438 males in Austin live below the poverty line.

73,632 of 441,865 females in Austin live below the poverty line.

Austin, Texas Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Austin, Texas have a Poverty Rate of 26.2%.
  • Not Enrolled in School in Austin, Texas have a Poverty Rate of 11.3%.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Austin, Texas have a Poverty Rate of 15.1%.
  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Austin, Texas have a Poverty Rate of 23.0%.

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Austin, Texas have a Poverty Rate of 21.4%.
  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Austin, Texas have a Poverty Rate of 17.8%.

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 Austin, Texas have a Poverty Rate of 42.0%.
  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Austin, Texas have a Poverty Rate of 23.4%.
Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Austin, Texas Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate By Age in Austin, Texas?

Austin, Texas Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Austin, Texas Poverty Rate By Age

Age Poverty Rate

Children Under 6

22.1%

Children 6 to 11 Years Old

22.6%

Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old

19.0%

Adults 18 to 59 Years Old

14.6%

Adults 60 to 74 Years Old

10.0%

75 to 84 Years Old

9.2%

Over 85 Years Old

7.6%

Austin, Texas Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

US Citizen

The Poverty Rate for residents of Austin, Texas who were born citizens of the United States is 14.4%.

Foreign

The Poverty Rate for residents of Austin, Texas who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 19.9%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Austin, Texas born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

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

Of the 729,297 residents of Austin, Texas who were born citizens of the United States, 105,013 (14.4%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 33,261 (19.9%) of 167,006 residents of Austin, Texas 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 Austin, Texas

The poverty rate in Austin is 15.4%.
Austin is in Hays County, Travis County, Williamson County.
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Dripping Springs 14.7%
Kyle 6.5%
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Woodcreek 8.0%

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