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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (PA) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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26.2% of Harrisburg, PA residents had an income below the poverty level in 2019, which was 54.2% greater than the poverty level of 12.0% across the entire state of Pennsylvania. Taking into account residents not living in families, 17.5% of high school graduates and 47.9% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 24.1% among disabled males and 33.1% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 79.6%. For comparison, it was 51.5% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Harrisburg, PA

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

26.2%
Whole state:

12.0%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2019:
Harrisburg:

13.8%
Whole state:

5.4%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Harrisburg:

24.1%
Pennsylvania:

14.4%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 23.4% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Harrisburg:

29.6%
Pennsylvania:

29.2%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Harrisburg:

33.1%
Pennsylvania:

19.4%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 23.8% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Harrisburg:

34.1%
Pennsylvania:

30.6%

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

79.6%
Residents above poverty level:

51.5%

Poverty by age in Harrisburg, PA

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Harrisburg
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Harrisburg,PA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 30.9%Under 5 years
  • 52.2%5 years
  • 49.1%6 to 11 years
  • 50.2%12 to 14 years
  • 25.3%15 years
  • 45.1%16 and 17 years
  • 21.2%18 to 24 years
  • 13.0%25 to 34 years
  • 15.9%35 to 44 years
  • 14.7%45 to 54 years
  • 22.6%55 to 64 years
  • 10.3%65 to 74 years
  • 19.0%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Harrisburg
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Harrisburg,PA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 46.3%Under 5 years
  • 49.8%5 years
  • 31.6%6 to 11 years
  • 43.2%12 to 14 years
  • 9.7%15 years
  • 36.5%16 and 17 years
  • 32.6%18 to 24 years
  • 23.3%25 to 34 years
  • 24.5%35 to 44 years
  • 21.2%45 to 54 years
  • 17.9%55 to 64 years
  • 19.0%65 to 74 years
  • 12.4%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Harrisburg, PA
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Harrisburg,PA (% below half of poverty level)
  • 23.0%Under 5 years
  • 17.6%5 years
  • 17.5%6 to 11 years
  • 13.8%12 to 14 years
  • 5.9%15 years
  • 14.6%16 and 17 years
  • 19.4%18 to 24 years
  • 9.8%25 to 34 years
  • 7.6%35 to 44 years
  • 8.7%45 to 54 years
  • 8.2%55 to 64 years
  • 5.1%65 to 74 years
  • 4.0%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Harrisburg, PA

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Harrisburg, PA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Harrisburg, PA (%)
  • 17.2%White
  • 28.4%Black
  • 14.1%American Indian
  • 7.6%Asian
  • 0.0%Native Hawaiian
  • 47.9%Other race
  • 20.4%2+ races
  • 28.3%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Harrisburg, PA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Harrisburg, PA (absolute numbers)
  • 1,982White
  • 7,161Black
  • 38American Indian
  • 177Asian
  • 0Native Hawaiian
  • 1,239Other race
  • 4282+ races
  • 3,169Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 26.3%Below poverty level
  • 73.7%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 10.3%Below poverty level
  • 89.7%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Harrisburg, PA

Children below poverty level:
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania:

38.5%
State:

16.6%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Harrisburg:

17.5%
Pennsylvania:

18.9%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Harrisburg:

47.9%
Pennsylvania:

36.4%
Poor families by family type
  • 10.0%Married-couple family
  • 12.1%Male, no wife present
  • 77.9%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Harrisburg not in families by work experience
  • 4.7%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 34.1%Worked part-time
  • 61.2%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.0%Both worked full-time
  • 4.9%One full-time, other part-time
  • 9.2%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 12.0%Both worked part-time
  • 33.2%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 40.7%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.0%1999 to 2000
  • 0.0%1995 to 1998
  • 1.2%1990 to 1994
  • 0.0%1980 to 1989
  • 0.6%1970 to 1979
  • 4.0%1960 to 1969
  • 20.3%1950 to 1959
  • 23.2%1940 to 1949
  • 50.7%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.1%1999 to 2000
  • 0.5%1995 to 1998
  • 1.3%1990 to 1994
  • 1.9%1980 to 1989
  • 2.7%1970 to 1979
  • 5.1%1960 to 1969
  • 19.5%1950 to 1959
  • 19.8%1940 to 1949
  • 49.1%1939 or earlier
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