Poverty in Wisconsin

What is the poverty rate in Wisconsin?
The poverty rate in Wisconsin is 12.3%. One out of every 8.1 residents of Wisconsin lives in poverty.

How many people in Wisconsin live in poverty?
692,719 of 5,612,611 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Wisconsin compare to the national average?
Wisconsin ranks 19th in Poverty Rate at 12.3%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Wisconsin is moderately lower than the national average of 14.6%.

Wisconsin Poverty Rate County Map

Wisconsin County Poverty Rate Comparison

Wisconsin Poverty Rate By Sex

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

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Wisconsin is 11.2%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Wisconsin is 13.5%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Wisconsin

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

310,220 of 2,779,960 males in Wisconsin live below the poverty line.

382,499 of 2,832,651 females in Wisconsin live below the poverty line.

Wisconsin Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Wisconsin By Age?

Wisconsin Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Wisconsin Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Wisconsin have a Poverty Rate of 19.3%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Wisconsin have a Poverty Rate of 16.9%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Wisconsin have a Poverty Rate of 14.2%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Wisconsin have a Poverty Rate of 12.3%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Wisconsin have a Poverty Rate of 7.2%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Wisconsin have a Poverty Rate of 8.6%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Wisconsin have a Poverty Rate of 11.9%.

Historical Wisconsin Poverty Rate

Wisconsin Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

13.2% 15.3%

2011

13.1% 1.0% 15.9%

2012

13.2% 1.0% 15.9%

2013

13.5% 2.0% 15.8%

2014

13.2% 2.0% 15.5%

2015

12.1% 9.0% 14.7%

2016

11.8% 2.0% 14.0%

2017

11.3% 3.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Wisconsin Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

346,462

34.3% 25.2% 6.0%

American Indian

47,524

28.1% 26.8% 0.8%

Asian

148,224

18.0% 11.9% 2.6%

Pacific Islander

1,772

22.8% 19.0% 0.0%

Other

109,209

26.9% 23.8% 1.9%

Two Or More Races

124,994

23.5% 18.4% 2.2%

White

4,604,848

9.2% 10.3% 79.9%

Hispanic

371,053

24.8% 22.2% 6.4%

What's the Poverty Rate in Wisconsin By Race?

34.3% of Black residents of Wisconsin live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Wisconsin is the same as than the national average. 118,842 of 346,462 black Wisconsinites live below the poverty line. Approximately 6.0% of the total population of Wisconsin are black.

18.0% of Asian residents of Wisconsin live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Wisconsin is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 26,682 of 148,224 asian Wisconsinites live below the poverty line. Approximately 2.6% of the total population of Wisconsin are asian.

9.2% of White residents of Wisconsin live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Wisconsin is dramatically lower than the national average of 10.3%. 421,484 of 4,604,848 white Wisconsinites live below the poverty line. Approximately 79.9% of the total population of Wisconsin are white.

24.8% of Hispanic residents of Wisconsin live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Wisconsin is the same as than the national average. 92,172 of 371,053 hispanic Wisconsinites live below the poverty line. Approximately 6.4% of the total population of Wisconsin are hispanic.

Wisconsin Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

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

  • Enrolled in School in Wisconsin have a Poverty Rate of 18.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Wisconsin residents enrolled in school is slightly lower than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 254,888 of 1,362,226 Wisconsinites enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 23.6% of the total population of Wisconsin are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Wisconsin have a Poverty Rate of 9.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Wisconsin residents not enrolled in school is meaningfully lower than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 398,870 of 4,053,936 Wisconsinites not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 70.3% of the total population of Wisconsin are currently not enrolled in school.

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

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Wisconsin have a Poverty Rate of 13.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Wisconsin residents enrolled in nursery school is significantly lower than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 10,146 of 73,840 Wisconsinites enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.3% of the total population of Wisconsin is currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Wisconsin have a Poverty Rate of 17.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Wisconsin residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is meaningfully lower than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 49,503 of 281,561 Wisconsinites enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.9% of the total population of Wisconsin are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

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

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Wisconsin have a Poverty Rate of 14.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Wisconsin residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is meaningfully lower than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 41,862 of 286,382 Wisconsinites enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.0% of the total population of Wisconsin are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Wisconsin have a Poverty Rate of 14.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Wisconsin residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is meaningfully lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 42,116 of 299,659 Wisconsinites enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.2% of the total population of Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin have a Poverty Rate of 30.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Wisconsin residents enrolled in undergraduate school is meaningfully higher than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 83,523 of 277,233 Wisconsinites enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.8% of the total population of Wisconsin are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Wisconsin have a Poverty Rate of 18.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Wisconsin residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is slightly higher than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 11,150 of 61,488 Wisconsinites enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.1% of the total population of Wisconsin is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Wisconsin Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

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

12.1%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Wisconsin who were born citizens of the United States is 12.1%.

17.9%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Wisconsin who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 17.9%.

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

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

Of the 5,336,779 residents of Wisconsin who were born citizens of the United States, 643,219 (12.1%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 49,500 (17.9%) of 275,832 residents of Wisconsin who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Wisconsin Poverty Rate By City

Wisconsin Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Allouez

72nd

5.0% 13,898

Appleton

233rd

11.6% 73,832

Ashwaubenon

190th

9.4% 17,141

Baraboo

305th

15.6% 12,080

Beaver Dam

220th

11.1% 16,346

Bellevue

227th

11.3% 15,373

Beloit

369th

24.8% 36,733

Brookfield

28th

3.5% 37,943

Brown Deer

102nd

6.2% 12,076

Burlington

193rd

9.6% 10,652

Caledonia

84th

5.4% 24,803

Cedarburg

136th

7.2% 11,499

Chippewa Falls

329th

17.7% 13,920

Cudahy

254th

12.5% 18,350

De Pere

143rd

7.4% 24,695

DeForest

151st

7.7% 9,663

Delavan

249th

12.2% 8,383

Eau Claire

326th

17.4% 67,945

Elkhorn

173rd

8.7% 9,930

Fitchburg

246th

12.2% 27,914

Fond du Lac

255th

12.6% 42,910

Fort Atkinson

276th

13.6% 12,429

Franklin

80th

5.3% 36,295

Germantown

39th

3.8% 19,956

Glendale

168th

8.4% 12,868

Grafton

118th

6.7% 11,576

Green Bay

324th

17.2% 104,796

Greendale

110th

6.5% 14,293

Greenfield

178th

8.9% 37,082

Hartford

195th

9.6% 14,552

Hartland

24th

3.2% 9,218

Holmen

75th

5.0% 9,693

Howard

165th

8.4% 19,121

Hudson

126th

7.0% 13,456

Janesville

266th

13.3% 63,957

Kaukauna

109th

6.5% 15,883

Kenosha

342nd

19.0% 99,623

La Crosse

370th

25.2% 51,928

Little Chute

182nd

9.1% 11,006

Madison

338th

18.3% 248,856

Manitowoc

279th

13.8% 32,939

Marinette

317th

16.8% 10,729

Marshfield

226th

11.3% 18,326

Menasha

260th

12.8% 17,945

Menomonee Falls

46th

4.0% 36,411

Menomonie

367th

24.1% 16,222

Mequon

69th

4.8% 23,787

Merrill

267th

13.3% 9,264

Middleton

157th

7.9% 18,951

Milwaukee

371st

27.4% 599,086

Monroe

278th

13.7% 10,688

Mount Pleasant

116th

6.6% 26,300

Muskego

8th

2.0% 24,731

Neenah

219th

11.1% 25,821

New Berlin

44th

3.9% 39,779

New Richmond

123rd

6.8% 8,761

Oak Creek

120th

6.8% 35,588

Oconomowoc

99th

6.1% 16,450

Onalaska

125th

6.9% 18,452

Oregon

57th

4.3% 10,033

Oshkosh

340th

18.8% 66,649

Pewaukee

9th

2.2% 14,112

Platteville

374th

32.7% 12,194

Pleasant Prairie

147th

7.5% 20,552

Plover

204th

10.3% 12,494

Plymouth

131st

7.1% 8,477

Port Washington

127th

7.0% 11,589

Portage

299th

15.0% 10,321

Racine

347th

20.0% 77,740

Reedsburg

292nd

14.5% 9,480

Richfield

17th

2.8% 11,539

River Falls

312th

16.2% 15,256

Shawano

295th

14.6% 9,052

Sheboygan

251st

12.3% 48,560

Shorewood

261st

12.8% 13,367

South Milwaukee

313th

16.3% 21,185

Sparta

325th

17.4% 9,621

St. Francis

244th

12.1% 9,532

Stevens Point

365th

23.1% 26,526

Stoughton

171st

8.6% 13,058

Sturgeon Bay

211th

10.6% 8,917

Suamico

41st

3.8% 12,222

Sun Prairie

183rd

9.1% 32,112

Superior

332nd

18.0% 26,473

Sussex

50th

4.1% 10,763

Tomah

238th

11.7% 9,347

Two Rivers

252nd

12.3% 11,305

Verona

68th

4.8% 12,465

Watertown

247th

12.2% 23,730

Waukesha

212th

10.6% 72,173

Waunakee

40th

3.8% 13,284

Waupun

201st

10.1% 11,277

Wausau

330th

17.7% 38,934

Wauwatosa

132nd

7.1% 47,687

West Allis

268th

13.4% 60,546

West Bend

160th

8.0% 31,656

Weston

243rd

12.0% 15,068

Whitefish Bay

20th

3.0% 14,099

Whitewater

377th

40.2% 14,762

Wisconsin Rapids

322nd

17.0% 17,905

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