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


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34.5% of Detroit, MI residents had an income below the poverty level in 2017, which was 58.9% greater than the poverty level of 14.2% across the entire state of Michigan. Taking into account residents not living in families, 27.7% of high school graduates and 51.6% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 26.5% among disabled males and 30.8% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 66.9%. For comparison, it was 38.1% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Detroit, MI

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2017:
Detroit:

34.5%
Whole state:

14.2%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2017:
Detroit:

17.3%
Whole state:

6.2%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Detroit:

26.5%
Michigan:

13.9%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 27.4% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Detroit:

31.9%
Michigan:

29.8%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Detroit:

30.8%
Michigan:

18.3%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 26.8% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Detroit:

33.1%
Michigan:

30.0%

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

66.9%
Residents above poverty level:

38.1%

Poverty by age in Detroit, MI

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Detroit
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Detroit,MI (percentage below poverty level)
  • 54.4%Under 5 years
  • 46.5%5 years
  • 46.8%6 to 11 years
  • 46.9%12 to 14 years
  • 45.4%15 years
  • 26.0%16 and 17 years
  • 37.6%18 to 24 years
  • 26.0%25 to 34 years
  • 32.8%35 to 44 years
  • 30.3%45 to 54 years
  • 33.3%55 to 64 years
  • 21.5%65 to 74 years
  • 18.9%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Detroit
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Detroit,MI (percentage below poverty level)
  • 55.5%Under 5 years
  • 52.1%5 years
  • 48.1%6 to 11 years
  • 46.7%12 to 14 years
  • 32.9%15 years
  • 50.5%16 and 17 years
  • 37.0%18 to 24 years
  • 32.2%25 to 34 years
  • 34.4%35 to 44 years
  • 30.0%45 to 54 years
  • 28.4%55 to 64 years
  • 22.2%65 to 74 years
  • 23.4%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Detroit, MI
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Detroit,MI (% below half of poverty level)
  • 20.5%Under 5 years
  • 19.1%5 years
  • 18.6%6 to 11 years
  • 16.0%12 to 14 years
  • 16.2%15 years
  • 15.3%16 and 17 years
  • 15.0%18 to 24 years
  • 13.2%25 to 34 years
  • 12.6%35 to 44 years
  • 10.0%45 to 54 years
  • 9.2%55 to 64 years
  • 5.9%65 to 74 years
  • 6.2%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Detroit, MI

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Detroit, MI
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Detroit, MI (%)
  • 37.1%White
  • 33.9%Black
  • 43.0%American Indian
  • 41.0%Asian
  • 7.7%Native Hawaiian
  • 31.8%Other race
  • 42.7%2+ races
  • 40.6%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Detroit, MI
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Detroit, MI (absolute numbers)
  • 24,908White
  • 177,880Black
  • 946American Indian
  • 4,047Asian
  • 6Native Hawaiian
  • 6,653Other race
  • 6,1362+ races
  • 19,197Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 34.4%Below poverty level
  • 65.6%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 35.9%Below poverty level
  • 64.1%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Detroit, MI

Children below poverty level:
Detroit, Michigan:

48.1%
State:

19.3%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Detroit:

27.7%
Michigan:

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

51.6%
Michigan:

37.6%
Poor families by family type
  • 20.2%Married-couple family
  • 14.7%Male, no wife present
  • 65.1%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Detroit not in families by work experience
  • 2.2%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 22.9%Worked part-time
  • 74.9%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.3%Both worked full-time
  • 2.4%One full-time, other part-time
  • 10.7%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 11.6%Both worked part-time
  • 28.5%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 46.5%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.1%1999 to 2000
  • 0.3%1995 to 1998
  • 0.1%1990 to 1994
  • 0.5%1980 to 1989
  • 2.4%1970 to 1979
  • 7.9%1960 to 1969
  • 23.8%1950 to 1959
  • 29.3%1940 to 1949
  • 35.5%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.1%1999 to 2000
  • 0.4%1995 to 1998
  • 0.2%1990 to 1994
  • 0.3%1980 to 1989
  • 1.9%1970 to 1979
  • 7.2%1960 to 1969
  • 29.7%1950 to 1959
  • 30.5%1940 to 1949
  • 29.7%1939 or earlier
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