Poverty in Vermont

What is the poverty rate in Vermont?
The poverty rate in Vermont is 11.4%. One out of every 8.8 residents of Vermont lives in poverty.

How many people in Vermont live in poverty?
68,144 of 600,127 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Vermont compare to the national average?
Vermont ranks 13th in Poverty Rate at 11.4%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Vermont is meaningfully lower than the national average of 14.6%.

Vermont Poverty Rate County Map

Vermont County Poverty Rate Comparison

Vermont Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Vermont is 10.3%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Vermont is 12.4%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Vermont

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

30,453 of 295,296 males in Vermont live below the poverty line.

37,691 of 304,831 females in Vermont live below the poverty line.

Vermont Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Vermont By Age?

Vermont Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Vermont Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Vermont have a Poverty Rate of 16.5%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Vermont have a Poverty Rate of 15.0%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Vermont have a Poverty Rate of 12.3%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Vermont have a Poverty Rate of 11.9%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Vermont have a Poverty Rate of 7.3%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Vermont have a Poverty Rate of 8.4%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Vermont have a Poverty Rate of 11.2%.

Historical Vermont Poverty Rate

Vermont Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

12.7% 15.3%

2011

11.5% 10.0% 15.9%

2012

11.8% 2.0% 15.9%

2013

12.3% 4.0% 15.8%

2014

12.2% 1.0% 15.5%

2015

10.2% 19.0% 14.7%

2016

11.9% 16.0% 14.0%

2017

11.3% 5.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Vermont Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

6,883

22.4% 25.2% 1.1%

American Indian

2,012

22.3% 26.8% 0.3%

Asian

8,842

13.4% 11.9% 1.4%

Other

1,951

14.2% 23.8% 0.3%

Two Or More Races

11,382

20.4% 18.4% 1.8%

White

561,491

10.9% 10.3% 89.9%

Hispanic

10,029

14.9% 22.2% 1.6%

What's the Poverty Rate in Vermont By Race?

22.4% of Black residents of Vermont live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Vermont is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 1,543 of 6,883 black Vermonters live below the poverty line. Approximately 1.1% of the total population of Vermont is black.

13.4% of Asian residents of Vermont live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Vermont is the same as than the national average. 1,184 of 8,842 asian Vermonters live below the poverty line. Approximately 1.4% of the total population of Vermont is asian.

10.9% of White residents of Vermont live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Vermont is the same as than the national average. 61,330 of 561,491 white Vermonters live below the poverty line. Approximately 89.9% of the total population of Vermont are white.

14.9% of Hispanic residents of Vermont live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Vermont is dramatically lower than the national average of 22.2%. 1,493 of 10,029 hispanic Vermonters live below the poverty line. Approximately 1.6% of the total population of Vermont is hispanic.

Vermont Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Vermont have a Poverty Rate of 17.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Vermont residents enrolled in school is moderately lower than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 22,016 of 127,816 Vermonters enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 20.5% of the total population of Vermont are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Vermont have a Poverty Rate of 9.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Vermont residents not enrolled in school is meaningfully lower than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 43,448 of 455,383 Vermonters not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 72.9% of the total population of Vermont are currently not enrolled in school.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Vermont have a Poverty Rate of 15.0%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Vermont residents enrolled in nursery school is meaningfully lower than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 1,278 of 8,544 Vermonters enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.4% of the total population of Vermont is currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Vermont have a Poverty Rate of 15.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Vermont residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is dramatically lower than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 3,841 of 25,421 Vermonters enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.1% of the total population of Vermont are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Vermont have a Poverty Rate of 12.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Vermont residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is dramatically lower than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 3,260 of 26,493 Vermonters enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.2% of the total population of Vermont are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Vermont have a Poverty Rate of 13.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Vermont residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is meaningfully lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 4,173 of 30,398 Vermonters enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.9% of the total population of Vermont 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 Vermont have a Poverty Rate of 31.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Vermont residents enrolled in undergraduate school is significantly higher than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 7,045 of 22,391 Vermonters enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 3.6% of the total population of Vermont are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Vermont have a Poverty Rate of 16.0%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Vermont residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is slightly lower than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 1,265 of 7,918 Vermonters enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.3% of the total population of Vermont is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Vermont Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

11.3%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Vermont who were born citizens of the United States is 11.3%.

12.6%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Vermont who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 12.6%.

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

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

Of the 573,245 residents of Vermont who were born citizens of the United States, 64,758 (11.3%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 3,386 (12.6%) of 26,882 residents of Vermont who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Vermont Poverty Rate By City

Vermont Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Arlington

21st

14.4% 1,316

Barre

42nd

27.4% 8,778

Bellows Falls

40th

25.7% 3,013

Bennington

35th

20.7% 8,813

Brandon

7th

7.3% 1,416

Brattleboro

37th

23.9% 6,934

Bristol

3rd

4.7% 1,839

Burlington

38th

24.4% 42,453

Castleton

44th

37.9% 1,357

Enosburg Falls

19th

13.0% 1,306

Essex Junction

6th

6.5% 10,132

Fair Haven

32nd

18.9% 2,325

Hardwick

16th

11.4% 1,450

Jericho

1st

1.9% 1,420

Johnson

36th

22.7% 1,462

Lyndonville

43rd

28.0% 1,390

Manchester Center

5th

6.2% 2,444

Middlebury

22nd

14.8% 7,024

Milton

10th

8.8% 2,202

Montpelier

13th

10.8% 7,584

Morrisville

25th

15.7% 2,128

Newport

33rd

19.1% 4,372

North Bennington

18th

12.4% 1,685

Northfield

15th

11.3% 2,012

Poultney

31st

18.4% 1,510

Randolph

30th

16.7% 2,160

Richford

34th

20.6% 1,587

Rutland

23rd

14.8% 15,740

South Barre

8th

7.5% 1,271

South Burlington

4th

5.7% 18,773

Springfield

39th

24.4% 3,864

St. Albans

17th

11.6% 6,847

St. Johnsbury

24th

15.0% 5,789

Swanton

29th

16.6% 2,632

Vergennes

12th

10.2% 2,606

Waterbury

9th

8.1% 1,832

West Brattleboro

27th

15.8% 2,555

West Rutland

11th

9.4% 2,143

White River Junction

26th

15.7% 2,494

Wilder

2nd

2.9% 1,451

Williamstown

14th

11.0% 1,195

Windsor

28th

16.4% 2,113

Winooski

41st

26.2% 7,203

Woodstock

20th

13.3% 1,156

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