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


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Poverty rates in Grand Rapids, MI

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2016:
Grand Rapids:

21.9%
Whole state:

15.0%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2016:
Grand Rapids:

11.3%
Whole state:

6.7%

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)
  • 32.8%Under 5 years
  • 39.6%5 years
  • 30.5%6 to 11 years
  • 24.9%12 to 14 years
  • 5.2%15 years
  • 12.5%16 and 17 years
  • 37.6%18 to 24 years
  • 14.9%25 to 34 years
  • 19.6%35 to 44 years
  • 13.0%45 to 54 years
  • 16.8%55 to 64 years
  • 5.7%65 to 74 years
  • 9.6%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)
  • 36.9%Under 5 years
  • 11.8%5 years
  • 35.0%6 to 11 years
  • 28.9%12 to 14 years
  • 40.5%15 years
  • 33.1%16 and 17 years
  • 43.1%18 to 24 years
  • 18.8%25 to 34 years
  • 17.2%35 to 44 years
  • 15.5%45 to 54 years
  • 12.7%55 to 64 years
  • 12.1%65 to 74 years
  • 11.7%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 (%)
  • 14.7%White
  • 28.2%Black
  • 29.9%American Indian
  • 24.6%Asian
  • 0.0%Native Hawaiian
  • 46.0%Other race
  • 31.1%2+ races
  • 41.4%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)
  • 16,277White
  • 10,084Black
  • 238American Indian
  • 1,030Asian
  • 0Native Hawaiian
  • 5,064Other race
  • 3,0842+ races
  • 11,909Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 20.6%Below poverty level
  • 79.4%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 33.3%Below poverty level
  • 66.7%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Grand Rapids, MI

Children below poverty level:
Grand Rapids, Michigan:

30.5%
State:

20.2%
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
  • 28.7%Married-couple family
  • 14.2%Male, no wife present
  • 57.1%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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