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Benton Harbor, Michigan (MI) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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46.9% of Benton Harbor, MI residents had an income below the poverty level in 2018, which was 70.0% greater than the poverty level of 14.1% across the entire state of Michigan. Taking into account residents not living in families, 34.6% of high school graduates and 61.6% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 36.9% among disabled males and 45.6% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 82.2%. For comparison, it was 47.8% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Benton Harbor, MI

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2018:
Benton Harbor:

46.9%
Whole state:

14.1%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2018:
Benton Harbor:

19.7%
Whole state:

6.5%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Benton Harbor:

36.9%
Michigan:

13.9%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 33.5% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Benton Harbor:

32.5%
Michigan:

29.8%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Benton Harbor:

45.6%
Michigan:

18.3%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 27.8% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Benton Harbor:

31.3%
Michigan:

30.0%

Renting rate in this city among poor and not poor residents:
Residents below poverty level:

82.2%
Residents above poverty level:

47.8%

Poverty by age in Benton Harbor, MI

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Benton Harbor
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Benton Harbor,MI (percentage below poverty level)
  • 68.3%Under 5 years
  • 69.6%5 years
  • 63.4%6 to 11 years
  • 59.6%12 to 14 years
  • 8.2%15 years
  • 29.5%16 and 17 years
  • 40.8%18 to 24 years
  • 20.6%25 to 34 years
  • 35.6%35 to 44 years
  • 44.1%45 to 54 years
  • 36.2%55 to 64 years
  • 41.8%65 to 74 years
  • 37.6%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Benton Harbor
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Benton Harbor,MI (percentage below poverty level)
  • 67.8%Under 5 years
  • 66.3%5 years
  • 58.7%6 to 11 years
  • 45.7%12 to 14 years
  • 42.5%15 years
  • 6.7%16 and 17 years
  • 53.0%18 to 24 years
  • 60.5%25 to 34 years
  • 35.2%35 to 44 years
  • 32.9%45 to 54 years
  • 25.6%55 to 64 years
  • 21.0%65 to 74 years
  • 54.0%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Benton Harbor, MI
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Benton Harbor,MI (% below half of poverty level)
  • 32.8%Under 5 years
  • 28.4%5 years
  • 28.4%6 to 11 years
  • 19.1%12 to 14 years
  • 23.9%15 years
  • 23.0%16 and 17 years
  • 17.9%18 to 24 years
  • 21.1%25 to 34 years
  • 13.3%35 to 44 years
  • 16.9%45 to 54 years
  • 11.2%55 to 64 years
  • 4.7%65 to 74 years
  • 3.8%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Benton Harbor, MI

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Benton Harbor, MI
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Benton Harbor, MI (%)
  • 19.9%White
  • 46.3%Black
  • 0.0%Asian
  • 13.6%Other race
  • 69.6%2+ races
  • 47.7%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Benton Harbor, MI
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Benton Harbor, MI (absolute numbers)
  • 154White
  • 3,792Black
  • 0Asian
  • 3Other race
  • 2272+ races
  • 220Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 44.8%Below poverty level
  • 55.2%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 12.5%Below poverty level
  • 87.5%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Benton Harbor, MI

Children below poverty level:
Benton Harbor, Michigan:

57.9%
State:

19.1%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Benton Harbor:

34.6%
Michigan:

17.6%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Benton Harbor:

61.6%
Michigan:

37.6%
Poor families by family type
  • 23.3%Married-couple family
  • 8.4%Male, no wife present
  • 68.2%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Benton Harbor not in families by work experience
  • 3.3%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 16.4%Worked part-time
  • 80.3%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.0%Both worked full-time
  • 6.0%One full-time, other part-time
  • 6.7%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 12.7%Both worked part-time
  • 54.5%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 20.1%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 2.1%1999 to 2000
  • 0.0%1995 to 1998
  • 0.0%1990 to 1994
  • 0.0%1980 to 1989
  • 7.4%1970 to 1979
  • 10.2%1960 to 1969
  • 26.5%1950 to 1959
  • 19.1%1940 to 1949
  • 34.6%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.6%1999 to 2000
  • 2.9%1995 to 1998
  • 1.2%1990 to 1994
  • 0.7%1980 to 1989
  • 3.1%1970 to 1979
  • 10.6%1960 to 1969
  • 25.6%1950 to 1959
  • 18.5%1940 to 1949
  • 36.9%1939 or earlier
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