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Brooklyn, New York (NY) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents



17.7% of Brooklyn, NY residents had an income below the poverty level in 2019, which was 26.2% greater than the poverty level of 13.0% across the entire state of New York. Taking into account residents not living in families, 23.9% of high school graduates and 51.8% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 24.8% among disabled males and 30.2% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 89.7%. For comparison, it was 67.6% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Brooklyn, NY

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2019:
Brooklyn:

17.7%
Whole state:

13.0%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2019:
Brooklyn:

9.3%
Whole state:

6.0%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Brooklyn:

24.8%
New York:

18.1%
Disability rate in this borough among poor males (it is 25.3% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Brooklyn:

28.9%
New York:

29.6%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Brooklyn:

30.2%
New York:

23.0%
Disability rate in this borough among poor females (it is 25.6% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Brooklyn:

31.7%
New York:

31.0%

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

89.7%
Residents above poverty level:

67.6%

Poverty by age in Brooklyn, NY

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Brooklyn
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Brooklyn,NY (percentage below poverty level)
  • 24.9%Under 5 years
  • 27.0%5 years
  • 22.9%6 to 11 years
  • 24.4%12 to 14 years
  • 25.9%15 years
  • 25.5%16 and 17 years
  • 22.1%18 to 24 years
  • 9.8%25 to 34 years
  • 10.5%35 to 44 years
  • 13.4%45 to 54 years
  • 12.8%55 to 64 years
  • 14.9%65 to 74 years
  • 21.0%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Brooklyn
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Brooklyn,NY (percentage below poverty level)
  • 23.8%Under 5 years
  • 23.6%5 years
  • 23.4%6 to 11 years
  • 28.6%12 to 14 years
  • 25.7%15 years
  • 23.6%16 and 17 years
  • 22.4%18 to 24 years
  • 15.0%25 to 34 years
  • 17.2%35 to 44 years
  • 13.6%45 to 54 years
  • 16.1%55 to 64 years
  • 17.4%65 to 74 years
  • 29.5%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Brooklyn, NY
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Brooklyn,NY (% below half of poverty level)
  • 20.7%Under 5 years
  • 22.1%5 years
  • 20.1%6 to 11 years
  • 17.5%12 to 14 years
  • 17.2%15 years
  • 16.7%16 and 17 years
  • 15.9%18 to 24 years
  • 12.5%25 to 34 years
  • 12.0%35 to 44 years
  • 9.4%45 to 54 years
  • 9.3%55 to 64 years
  • 6.1%65 to 74 years
  • 6.3%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Brooklyn, NY

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Brooklyn, NY
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Brooklyn, NY (%)
  • 15.1%White
  • 19.0%Black
  • 25.5%American Indian
  • 17.8%Asian
  • 21.0%Native Hawaiian
  • 22.2%Other race
  • 14.4%2+ races
  • 21.9%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Brooklyn, NY
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Brooklyn, NY (absolute numbers)
  • 139,245White
  • 153,816Black
  • 1,907American Indian
  • 54,046Asian
  • 536Native Hawaiian
  • 48,790Other race
  • 12,5162+ races
  • 104,770Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 18.2%Below poverty level
  • 81.8%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 16.7%Below poverty level
  • 83.3%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Brooklyn, NY

Children below poverty level:
Brooklyn, New York:

24.3%
State:

17.7%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Brooklyn:

23.9%
New York:

18.3%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Brooklyn:

51.8%
New York:

44.0%
Poor families by family type
  • 45.6%Married-couple family
  • 7.0%Male, no wife present
  • 47.3%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Brooklyn not in families by work experience
  • 2.1%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 18.7%Worked part-time
  • 79.2%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.7%Both worked full-time
  • 3.0%One full-time, other part-time
  • 16.6%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 7.6%Both worked part-time
  • 29.7%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 42.4%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.3%1999 to 2000
  • 1.1%1995 to 1998
  • 1.7%1990 to 1994
  • 3.3%1980 to 1989
  • 4.3%1970 to 1979
  • 11.3%1960 to 1969
  • 12.3%1950 to 1959
  • 15.6%1940 to 1949
  • 50.1%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.4%1999 to 2000
  • 1.1%1995 to 1998
  • 1.5%1990 to 1994
  • 3.0%1980 to 1989
  • 3.6%1970 to 1979
  • 11.0%1960 to 1969
  • 12.4%1950 to 1959
  • 13.8%1940 to 1949
  • 53.1%1939 or earlier
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