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Milwaukee, Wisconsin (WI) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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25.0% of Milwaukee, WI residents had an income below the poverty level in 2017, which was 54.8% greater than the poverty level of 11.3% across the entire state of Wisconsin. Taking into account residents not living in families, 20.3% of high school graduates and 42.0% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 22.4% among disabled males and 27.7% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 83.8%. For comparison, it was 48.2% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Milwaukee, WI

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

25.0%
Whole state:

11.3%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2017:
Milwaukee:

11.2%
Whole state:

5.0%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Milwaukee:

22.4%
Wisconsin:

11.8%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 21.0% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Milwaukee:

27.0%
Wisconsin:

26.5%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Milwaukee:

27.7%
Wisconsin:

16.4%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 21.1% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Milwaukee:

28.7%
Wisconsin:

27.8%

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

83.8%
Residents above poverty level:

48.2%

Poverty by age in Milwaukee, WI

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Milwaukee
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Milwaukee,WI (percentage below poverty level)
  • 32.1%Under 5 years
  • 42.8%5 years
  • 37.9%6 to 11 years
  • 23.1%12 to 14 years
  • 32.2%15 years
  • 29.5%16 and 17 years
  • 36.6%18 to 24 years
  • 19.1%25 to 34 years
  • 14.3%35 to 44 years
  • 15.0%45 to 54 years
  • 20.4%55 to 64 years
  • 13.9%65 to 74 years
  • 3.8%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Milwaukee
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Milwaukee,WI (percentage below poverty level)
  • 36.2%Under 5 years
  • 35.1%5 years
  • 34.3%6 to 11 years
  • 36.3%12 to 14 years
  • 32.9%15 years
  • 29.1%16 and 17 years
  • 40.8%18 to 24 years
  • 23.5%25 to 34 years
  • 22.4%35 to 44 years
  • 18.9%45 to 54 years
  • 27.3%55 to 64 years
  • 18.2%65 to 74 years
  • 13.6%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Milwaukee, WI
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Milwaukee,WI (% below half of poverty level)
  • 17.3%Under 5 years
  • 17.8%5 years
  • 16.1%6 to 11 years
  • 14.1%12 to 14 years
  • 16.2%15 years
  • 12.9%16 and 17 years
  • 15.2%18 to 24 years
  • 9.4%25 to 34 years
  • 7.5%35 to 44 years
  • 5.8%45 to 54 years
  • 5.8%55 to 64 years
  • 3.4%65 to 74 years
  • 4.6%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Milwaukee, WI

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Milwaukee, WI
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Milwaukee, WI (%)
  • 15.0%White
  • 31.7%Black
  • 29.2%American Indian
  • 35.1%Asian
  • 26.3%Native Hawaiian
  • 31.4%Other race
  • 25.6%2+ races
  • 26.3%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Milwaukee, WI
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Milwaukee, WI (absolute numbers)
  • 29,543White
  • 72,469Black
  • 878American Indian
  • 8,882Asian
  • 43Native Hawaiian
  • 14,622Other race
  • 6,1342+ races
  • 29,386Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 25.0%Below poverty level
  • 75.0%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 25.2%Below poverty level
  • 74.8%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Milwaukee, WI

Children below poverty level:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

33.4%
State:

14.0%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Milwaukee:

20.3%
Wisconsin:

16.1%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Milwaukee:

42.0%
Wisconsin:

31.9%
Poor families by family type
  • 17.0%Married-couple family
  • 10.5%Male, no wife present
  • 72.5%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Milwaukee not in families by work experience
  • 2.9%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 40.4%Worked part-time
  • 56.8%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 1.0%Both worked full-time
  • 5.4%One full-time, other part-time
  • 15.1%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 15.4%Both worked part-time
  • 28.6%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 34.5%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
  • 0.5%1995 to 1998
  • 0.4%1990 to 1994
  • 1.7%1980 to 1989
  • 5.4%1970 to 1979
  • 8.2%1960 to 1969
  • 21.6%1950 to 1959
  • 16.5%1940 to 1949
  • 45.1%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.2%1999 to 2000
  • 0.7%1995 to 1998
  • 0.6%1990 to 1994
  • 2.0%1980 to 1989
  • 6.6%1970 to 1979
  • 11.4%1960 to 1969
  • 30.3%1950 to 1959
  • 13.9%1940 to 1949
  • 34.4%1939 or earlier
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