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


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23.3% of Philadelphia, PA residents had an income below the poverty level in 2019, which was 48.4% greater than the poverty level of 12.0% across the entire state of Pennsylvania. Taking into account residents not living in families, 25.7% of high school graduates and 47.4% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 23.7% among disabled males and 29.1% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 61.7%. For comparison, it was 34.9% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Philadelphia, PA

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

23.3%
Whole state:

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

11.1%
Whole state:

5.4%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Philadelphia:

23.7%
Pennsylvania:

14.4%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 23.8% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Philadelphia:

28.9%
Pennsylvania:

29.2%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Philadelphia:

29.1%
Pennsylvania:

19.4%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 24.5% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Philadelphia:

32.2%
Pennsylvania:

30.6%

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

61.7%
Residents above poverty level:

34.9%

Poverty by age in Philadelphia, PA

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Philadelphia
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Philadelphia,PA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 29.6%Under 5 years
  • 40.7%5 years
  • 35.6%6 to 11 years
  • 40.7%12 to 14 years
  • 34.4%15 years
  • 20.3%16 and 17 years
  • 30.6%18 to 24 years
  • 15.9%25 to 34 years
  • 15.8%35 to 44 years
  • 16.8%45 to 54 years
  • 25.1%55 to 64 years
  • 17.1%65 to 74 years
  • 18.9%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Philadelphia
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Philadelphia,PA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 26.4%Under 5 years
  • 32.7%5 years
  • 34.7%6 to 11 years
  • 25.9%12 to 14 years
  • 41.8%15 years
  • 29.9%16 and 17 years
  • 32.5%18 to 24 years
  • 21.0%25 to 34 years
  • 21.9%35 to 44 years
  • 18.4%45 to 54 years
  • 23.9%55 to 64 years
  • 19.4%65 to 74 years
  • 21.5%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Philadelphia, PA
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Philadelphia,PA (% below half of poverty level)
  • 18.9%Under 5 years
  • 18.8%5 years
  • 17.7%6 to 11 years
  • 15.8%12 to 14 years
  • 15.6%15 years
  • 14.1%16 and 17 years
  • 18.0%18 to 24 years
  • 12.2%25 to 34 years
  • 10.6%35 to 44 years
  • 8.7%45 to 54 years
  • 7.4%55 to 64 years
  • 4.6%65 to 74 years
  • 5.7%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Philadelphia, PA

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Philadelphia, PA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Philadelphia, PA (%)
  • 12.7%White
  • 26.7%Black
  • 20.0%American Indian
  • 23.1%Asian
  • 38.7%Native Hawaiian
  • 48.0%Other race
  • 25.0%2+ races
  • 40.2%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Philadelphia, PA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Philadelphia, PA (absolute numbers)
  • 66,305White
  • 171,581Black
  • 1,239American Indian
  • 26,568Asian
  • 308Native Hawaiian
  • 61,360Other race
  • 12,4902+ races
  • 95,118Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 23.0%Below poverty level
  • 77.0%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 25.5%Below poverty level
  • 74.5%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Philadelphia, PA

Children below poverty level:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

31.9%
State:

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

25.7%
Pennsylvania:

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

47.4%
Pennsylvania:

36.4%
Poor families by family type
  • 27.1%Married-couple family
  • 12.1%Male, no wife present
  • 60.7%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Philadelphia not in families by work experience
  • 1.8%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 24.8%Worked part-time
  • 73.4%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.4%Both worked full-time
  • 2.5%One full-time, other part-time
  • 10.4%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 7.4%Both worked part-time
  • 25.6%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 53.8%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.1%1999 to 2000
  • 0.4%1995 to 1998
  • 0.4%1990 to 1994
  • 1.3%1980 to 1989
  • 2.7%1970 to 1979
  • 7.2%1960 to 1969
  • 14.4%1950 to 1959
  • 18.5%1940 to 1949
  • 54.8%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.1%1999 to 2000
  • 0.4%1995 to 1998
  • 0.6%1990 to 1994
  • 2.6%1980 to 1989
  • 4.6%1970 to 1979
  • 11.7%1960 to 1969
  • 18.9%1950 to 1959
  • 16.8%1940 to 1949
  • 44.2%1939 or earlier
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