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Memphis, Tennessee (TN) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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24.6% of Memphis, TN residents had an income below the poverty level in 2017, which was 39.2% greater than the poverty level of 15.0% across the entire state of Tennessee. Taking into account residents not living in families, 18.1% of high school graduates and 47.7% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 19.7% among disabled males and 26.2% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 69.0%. For comparison, it was 38.4% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Memphis, TN

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

24.6%
Whole state:

15.0%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2017:
Memphis:

11.5%
Whole state:

6.2%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Memphis:

19.7%
Tennessee:

16.9%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 22.6% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Memphis:

27.0%
Tennessee:

33.3%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Memphis:

26.2%
Tennessee:

22.7%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 22.6% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Memphis:

29.6%
Tennessee:

34.5%

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

69.0%
Residents above poverty level:

38.4%

Poverty by age in Memphis, TN

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Memphis
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Memphis,TN (percentage below poverty level)
  • 51.6%Under 5 years
  • 61.1%5 years
  • 43.4%6 to 11 years
  • 41.5%12 to 14 years
  • 26.4%15 years
  • 27.7%16 and 17 years
  • 23.6%18 to 24 years
  • 12.3%25 to 34 years
  • 14.8%35 to 44 years
  • 16.6%45 to 54 years
  • 20.6%55 to 64 years
  • 11.2%65 to 74 years
  • 7.5%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Memphis
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Memphis,TN (percentage below poverty level)
  • 40.7%Under 5 years
  • 31.3%5 years
  • 33.6%6 to 11 years
  • 29.6%12 to 14 years
  • 48.9%15 years
  • 22.6%16 and 17 years
  • 29.3%18 to 24 years
  • 26.6%25 to 34 years
  • 22.2%35 to 44 years
  • 21.2%45 to 54 years
  • 20.6%55 to 64 years
  • 14.1%65 to 74 years
  • 20.9%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Memphis, TN
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Memphis,TN (% below half of poverty level)
  • 19.3%Under 5 years
  • 16.6%5 years
  • 15.5%6 to 11 years
  • 11.8%12 to 14 years
  • 13.1%15 years
  • 11.9%16 and 17 years
  • 14.6%18 to 24 years
  • 9.1%25 to 34 years
  • 7.3%35 to 44 years
  • 6.1%45 to 54 years
  • 6.4%55 to 64 years
  • 4.4%65 to 74 years
  • 5.1%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Memphis, TN

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Memphis, TN
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Memphis, TN (%)
  • 12.3%White
  • 28.9%Black
  • 14.9%American Indian
  • 15.5%Asian
  • 3.1%Native Hawaiian
  • 38.0%Other race
  • 21.9%2+ races
  • 33.3%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Memphis, TN
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Memphis, TN (absolute numbers)
  • 19,934White
  • 117,538Black
  • 186American Indian
  • 1,758Asian
  • 4Native Hawaiian
  • 8,167Other race
  • 2,3942+ races
  • 16,409Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 24.9%Below poverty level
  • 75.1%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 20.6%Below poverty level
  • 79.4%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Memphis, TN

Children below poverty level:
Memphis, Tennessee:

38.9%
State:

20.9%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Memphis:

18.1%
Tennessee:

18.6%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Memphis:

47.7%
Tennessee:

45.0%
Poor families by family type
  • 19.3%Married-couple family
  • 9.1%Male, no wife present
  • 71.5%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Memphis not in families by work experience
  • 3.9%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 30.3%Worked part-time
  • 65.8%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 1.2%Both worked full-time
  • 6.6%One full-time, other part-time
  • 14.9%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 11.8%Both worked part-time
  • 26.4%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 39.2%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.5%1999 to 2000
  • 1.2%1995 to 1998
  • 2.5%1990 to 1994
  • 5.6%1980 to 1989
  • 13.8%1970 to 1979
  • 19.7%1960 to 1969
  • 25.8%1950 to 1959
  • 16.9%1940 to 1949
  • 14.1%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.8%1999 to 2000
  • 3.0%1995 to 1998
  • 3.6%1990 to 1994
  • 10.1%1980 to 1989
  • 17.9%1970 to 1979
  • 21.7%1960 to 1969
  • 23.9%1950 to 1959
  • 9.9%1940 to 1949
  • 9.1%1939 or earlier
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