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


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15.8% of Grand Rapids, MI residents had an income below the poverty level in 2017, which was 10.2% greater than the poverty level of 14.2% across the entire state of Michigan. Taking into account residents not living in families, 18.4% of high school graduates and 44.3% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 20.3% among disabled males and 22.6% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 74.7%. For comparison, it was 34.6% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Grand Rapids, MI

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2017:
Grand Rapids:

15.8%
Whole state:

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

7.5%
Whole state:

6.2%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Grand Rapids:

20.3%
Michigan:

13.9%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 19.2% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Grand Rapids:

29.2%
Michigan:

29.8%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Grand Rapids:

22.6%
Michigan:

18.3%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 18.5% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Grand Rapids:

28.1%
Michigan:

30.0%

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

74.7%
Residents above poverty level:

34.6%

Poverty by age in Grand Rapids, MI

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Grand Rapids
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Grand Rapids,MI (percentage below poverty level)
  • 27.4%Under 5 years
  • 41.4%5 years
  • 24.8%6 to 11 years
  • 11.5%12 to 14 years
  • 27.1%15 years
  • 8.4%16 and 17 years
  • 25.5%18 to 24 years
  • 8.4%25 to 34 years
  • 12.3%35 to 44 years
  • 13.3%45 to 54 years
  • 14.2%55 to 64 years
  • 9.1%65 to 74 years
  • 3.1%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Grand Rapids
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Grand Rapids,MI (percentage below poverty level)
  • 30.8%Under 5 years
  • 25.2%5 years
  • 13.1%6 to 11 years
  • 14.3%12 to 14 years
  • 12.1%15 years
  • 14.2%16 and 17 years
  • 29.7%18 to 24 years
  • 17.1%25 to 34 years
  • 12.2%35 to 44 years
  • 12.1%45 to 54 years
  • 9.2%55 to 64 years
  • 6.3%65 to 74 years
  • 10.5%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Grand Rapids,MI (% below half of poverty level)
  • 9.6%Under 5 years
  • 8.3%5 years
  • 8.6%6 to 11 years
  • 8.7%12 to 14 years
  • 7.1%15 years
  • 11.3%16 and 17 years
  • 14.0%18 to 24 years
  • 6.8%25 to 34 years
  • 5.7%35 to 44 years
  • 5.1%45 to 54 years
  • 4.7%55 to 64 years
  • 2.6%65 to 74 years
  • 3.4%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Grand Rapids, MI

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Grand Rapids, MI (%)
  • 11.7%White
  • 20.7%Black
  • 25.9%American Indian
  • 17.8%Asian
  • 0.0%Native Hawaiian
  • 35.2%Other race
  • 33.5%2+ races
  • 20.4%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Grand Rapids, MI (absolute numbers)
  • 12,690White
  • 7,816Black
  • 215American Indian
  • 765Asian
  • 0Native Hawaiian
  • 3,434Other race
  • 3,2022+ races
  • 6,473Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 15.4%Below poverty level
  • 84.6%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 17.9%Below poverty level
  • 82.1%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Grand Rapids, MI

Children below poverty level:
Grand Rapids, Michigan:

21.1%
State:

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

18.4%
Michigan:

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

44.3%
Michigan:

37.6%
Poor families by family type
  • 24.6%Married-couple family
  • 15.9%Male, no wife present
  • 59.4%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Grand Rapids not in families by work experience
  • 5.0%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 38.9%Worked part-time
  • 56.1%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.6%Both worked full-time
  • 6.5%One full-time, other part-time
  • 12.9%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 12.5%Both worked part-time
  • 29.8%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 37.7%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.4%1999 to 2000
  • 2.7%1995 to 1998
  • 2.3%1990 to 1994
  • 6.1%1980 to 1989
  • 3.0%1970 to 1979
  • 9.4%1960 to 1969
  • 17.0%1950 to 1959
  • 16.4%1940 to 1949
  • 42.7%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.5%1999 to 2000
  • 2.3%1995 to 1998
  • 2.4%1990 to 1994
  • 5.6%1980 to 1989
  • 5.6%1970 to 1979
  • 12.7%1960 to 1969
  • 22.0%1950 to 1959
  • 13.5%1940 to 1949
  • 35.4%1939 or earlier
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