Poverty

Trends in poverty

The federal poverty level isn't a single number, but depends on family or household size. The captions in the chart below help illustrate this. From 2008 to 2013, there was a small decrease in the percentage of individuals in the poorest classification, under 50% of the federal poverty line – equivalent to a $12,300 income for a family of four in 2017.

Conversely, the proportion of individuals with an income below 100%, 125% and 150% of the poverty line increased in Saint Paul during those same years.  For a family of four in 2017, those income levels equate to an annual income of $24,600, $30,313, and $36,900 respectively.  

Changes in poverty rates over time

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2006 - 2010 (midpoint 2008) and 2011-2015 (midpoint 2013), Table C17002. Data compiled for this chart on July 3rd, 2017

 

Poverty and race/ethnicity

From 2008 to 2013, most racial/ethnic groups saw reductions in poverty; American Indians led with a decrease of seven percent.  Conversely, there was a small increase in the poverty rate for African Americans.  All changes were within the dataset's margin of error.

Changes in poverty rates by race and ethnicity

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2006 - 2010 (midpoint 2008) and 2011-2015 (midpoint 2013), Table S1703. Data compiled for this chart on July 3rd, 2017

 

Poverty by age

In 2015, seniors age 65 and above saw the lowest poverty rate at 13.7%. Children under age 18 experienced the highest poverty rate at 33.3%, which translates to 23,409 children living in poverty in Saint Paul. 

Poverty rates by age

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates 2011-2015 (midpoint 2013), Table S1703. Data compiled for this chart on July 3rd, 2017