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New Orleans, Louisiana (LA) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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26.2% of New Orleans, LA residents had an income below the poverty level in 2017, which was 24.8% greater than the poverty level of 19.7% across the entire state of Louisiana. Taking into account residents not living in families, 26.3% of high school graduates and 54.0% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 28.7% among disabled males and 35.4% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 79.4%. For comparison, it was 44.6% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in New Orleans, LA

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2017:
New Orleans:

26.2%
Whole state:

19.7%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2017:
New Orleans:

13.4%
Whole state:

9.2%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
New Orleans:

28.7%
Louisiana:

21.4%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 21.6% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
New Orleans:

27.4%
Louisiana:

29.2%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
New Orleans:

35.4%
Louisiana:

28.2%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 21.7% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
New Orleans:

28.6%
Louisiana:

28.3%

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

79.4%
Residents above poverty level:

44.6%

Poverty by age in New Orleans, LA

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in New Orleans
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in New Orleans,LA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 41.0%Under 5 years
  • 42.9%5 years
  • 45.8%6 to 11 years
  • 34.5%12 to 14 years
  • 34.7%15 years
  • 28.4%16 and 17 years
  • 37.9%18 to 24 years
  • 14.7%25 to 34 years
  • 11.9%35 to 44 years
  • 21.1%45 to 54 years
  • 21.5%55 to 64 years
  • 16.7%65 to 74 years
  • 14.4%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in New Orleans
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in New Orleans,LA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 41.7%Under 5 years
  • 34.6%5 years
  • 35.0%6 to 11 years
  • 40.0%12 to 14 years
  • 46.9%15 years
  • 37.4%16 and 17 years
  • 42.7%18 to 24 years
  • 29.5%25 to 34 years
  • 26.5%35 to 44 years
  • 25.0%45 to 54 years
  • 19.2%55 to 64 years
  • 20.2%65 to 74 years
  • 23.9%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in New Orleans, LA
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in New Orleans,LA (% below half of poverty level)
  • 25.9%Under 5 years
  • 26.4%5 years
  • 24.4%6 to 11 years
  • 19.3%12 to 14 years
  • 19.6%15 years
  • 19.6%16 and 17 years
  • 22.9%18 to 24 years
  • 13.2%25 to 34 years
  • 11.2%35 to 44 years
  • 8.4%45 to 54 years
  • 9.7%55 to 64 years
  • 5.9%65 to 74 years
  • 6.1%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in New Orleans, LA

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in New Orleans, LA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in New Orleans, LA (%)
  • 12.2%White
  • 33.9%Black
  • 30.8%American Indian
  • 16.7%Asian
  • 0.0%Native Hawaiian
  • 39.0%Other race
  • 16.5%2+ races
  • 27.1%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in New Orleans, LA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in New Orleans, LA (absolute numbers)
  • 14,036White
  • 77,301Black
  • 165American Indian
  • 1,939Asian
  • 0Native Hawaiian
  • 2,479Other race
  • 1,0582+ races
  • 5,779Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 26.1%Below poverty level
  • 73.9%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 28.5%Below poverty level
  • 71.5%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in New Orleans, LA

Children below poverty level:
New Orleans, Louisiana:

39.2%
State:

27.8%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
New Orleans:

26.3%
Louisiana:

24.3%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
New Orleans:

54.0%
Louisiana:

51.2%
Poor families by family type
  • 22.9%Married-couple family
  • 8.0%Male, no wife present
  • 69.1%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in New Orleans not in families by work experience
  • 3.3%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 32.6%Worked part-time
  • 64.1%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 1.8%Both worked full-time
  • 3.8%One full-time, other part-time
  • 11.8%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 10.0%Both worked part-time
  • 28.4%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 44.2%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
  • 1.0%1995 to 1998
  • 0.9%1990 to 1994
  • 5.9%1980 to 1989
  • 9.5%1970 to 1979
  • 14.3%1960 to 1969
  • 20.5%1950 to 1959
  • 17.0%1940 to 1949
  • 30.4%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.5%1999 to 2000
  • 1.9%1995 to 1998
  • 1.5%1990 to 1994
  • 8.6%1980 to 1989
  • 13.2%1970 to 1979
  • 14.9%1960 to 1969
  • 19.2%1950 to 1959
  • 12.9%1940 to 1949
  • 27.3%1939 or earlier
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