Poverty in Richmond, Virginia

What is the poverty rate in Richmond, Virginia?
The poverty rate in Richmond is 25.2%. One out of every 4 residents of Richmond lives in poverty.

How many people in Richmond, Virginia live in poverty?
52,942 of 210,151 Richmond residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the poverty rate in Richmond compare to the rest of Virginia?
The Poverty Rate across the state of Virginia is 11.2%, meaning Richmond has a dramatically higher than average percentage of residents below the poverty line when compared to the rest of Virginia.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Historical Richmond, Virginia Poverty Rate

Richmond, Virginia Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

25.8%

2011

26.9% 4.0%

2012

26.3% 2.0%

2013

25.7% 2.0%

2014

25.0% 2.0%

2015

24.6% 1.0%

2016

26.8% 8.0%

2017

24.4% 9.0%

Richmond, Virginia Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

102,667

34.0% 25.2% 46.5%

Asian

3,483

25.8% 11.9% 1.6%

Other

2,115

23.4% 23.8% 1.0%

Two Or More Races

7,111

31.0% 18.4% 3.2%

White

83,956

13.2% 10.3% 38.0%

Hispanic

13,404

30.0% 22.2% 6.1%

What's the Poverty Rate in Richmond, Virginia By Race?

34.0% of Black residents of Richmond, Virginia live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Richmond, Virginia is the same as than the national average. 34,872 of 102,667 black Virginians live below the poverty line. Approximately 46.5% of the total population of Richmond, Virginia are black.

25.8% of Asian residents of Richmond, Virginia live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Richmond, Virginia is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 900 of 3,483 asian Virginians live below the poverty line. Approximately 1.6% of the total population of Richmond, Virginia is asian.

13.2% of White residents of Richmond, Virginia live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Richmond, Virginia is the same as than the national average. 11,083 of 83,956 white Virginians live below the poverty line. Approximately 38.0% of the total population of Richmond, Virginia are white.

30.0% of Hispanic residents of Richmond, Virginia live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Richmond, Virginia is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 4,017 of 13,404 hispanic Virginians live below the poverty line. Approximately 6.1% of the total population of Richmond, Virginia are hispanic.

Richmond, Virginia Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Richmond, Virginia?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Richmond, Virginia is 22.8%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Richmond, Virginia is 27.4%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Richmond, Virginia

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

22,721 of 99,795 males in Richmond live below the poverty line.

30,221 of 110,356 females in Richmond live below the poverty line.

Richmond, Virginia Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Richmond, Virginia have a Poverty Rate of 41.5%.
  • Not Enrolled in School in Richmond, Virginia have a Poverty Rate of 19.5%.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Richmond, Virginia have a Poverty Rate of 35.4%.
  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Richmond, Virginia have a Poverty Rate of 45.9%.

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Richmond, Virginia have a Poverty Rate of 37.3%.
  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Richmond, Virginia have a Poverty Rate of 36.8%.

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 Richmond, Virginia have a Poverty Rate of 51.1%.
  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Richmond, Virginia have a Poverty Rate of 26.1%.
Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Richmond, Virginia Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate By Age in Richmond, Virginia?

Richmond, Virginia Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Richmond, Virginia Poverty Rate By Age

Age Poverty Rate

Children Under 6

40.4%

Children 6 to 11 Years Old

42.2%

Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old

38.5%

Adults 18 to 59 Years Old

24.0%

Adults 60 to 74 Years Old

14.2%

75 to 84 Years Old

13.7%

Over 85 Years Old

16.0%

Richmond, Virginia Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

US Citizen

The Poverty Rate for residents of Richmond, Virginia who were born citizens of the United States is 25.3%.

Foreign

The Poverty Rate for residents of Richmond, Virginia who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 23.9%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Richmond, Virginia born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Residents of Richmond, Virginia 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 196,855 residents of Richmond, Virginia who were born citizens of the United States, 49,766 (25.3%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 3,176 (23.9%) of 13,296 residents of Richmond, Virginia 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 Richmond, Virginia

The poverty rate in Richmond is 25.2%.
Richmond is in Richmond city.
Virginia Poverty Rate by City
Here is a comparison of Poverty Rate by city(minimum 1,000 residents) in Richmond city.
City Poverty Rate
Richmond 25.2%

Virginia Poverty Rate By County

Research & Reports

USA National Poverty Rate by County

Poverty Rate

USA Poverty Rate Statistics

View Poverty Report

National Poverty Statistics

Where are the most poverty-stricken areas in your state? We breakdown over 3,000 counties nationwide and show the rank the best and worst communities by poverty rate in your area.

See Poverty Statistics
Virginia Poverty Rate Statistics

Poverty Rate

USA Poverty Rate Statistics

View Poverty Report

Virginia Poverty Statistics

Which areas have the highest rate of poverty in Virginia? We breakdown the poverty rate by city and county across Virginia and rank communities with the highest and lowest concentrations of residents living below the poverty line.

Virginia Poverty Statistics
Virginia Social Security Statistics

Virginia Social Security

Virginia Social Security Statistics

Virginia Social Security

Social Security Payments in Virginia

How are the Social Security Payments distributed throughout Virginia? We breakdown social security benefits by city and county statewide and rank communities with the most and least social security income per capita.

Virginia Social Security
Virginia Food Stamp Statistics

Richmond Food Stamps

Richmond Food Stamp Statistics.

Richmond Food Stamps

Food Stamp Recipients in Richmond

How does Richmond compare to the rest of Virginia in receipt of food stamps? We breakdown food benefits programs by city and county across Virginia and rank communities with the highest and lowest concentrations of residents living below the poverty line.

Richmond Food Stamps

Welfare Info