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


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20.2% of Pittsburgh, PA residents had an income below the poverty level in 2017, which was 38.3% greater than the poverty level of 12.5% across the entire state of Pennsylvania. Taking into account residents not living in families, 28.8% of high school graduates and 41.3% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 22.1% among disabled males and 28.0% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 77.9%. For comparison, it was 40.3% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Pittsburgh, PA

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

20.2%
Whole state:

12.5%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2017:
Pittsburgh:

11.2%
Whole state:

6.0%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Pittsburgh:

22.1%
Pennsylvania:

14.4%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 19.7% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Pittsburgh:

25.9%
Pennsylvania:

29.2%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Pittsburgh:

28.0%
Pennsylvania:

19.4%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 21.0% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Pittsburgh:

29.9%
Pennsylvania:

30.6%

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

77.9%
Residents above poverty level:

40.3%

Poverty by age in Pittsburgh, PA

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Pittsburgh
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Pittsburgh,PA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 33.4%Under 5 years
  • 61.4%5 years
  • 37.4%6 to 11 years
  • 31.6%12 to 14 years
  • 36.6%15 years
  • 12.4%16 and 17 years
  • 37.5%18 to 24 years
  • 11.1%25 to 34 years
  • 17.2%35 to 44 years
  • 10.8%45 to 54 years
  • 12.6%55 to 64 years
  • 5.9%65 to 74 years
  • 11.1%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Pittsburgh
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Pittsburgh,PA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 37.3%Under 5 years
  • 36.4%5 years
  • 30.6%6 to 11 years
  • 26.5%12 to 14 years
  • 24.1%15 years
  • 22.7%16 and 17 years
  • 39.0%18 to 24 years
  • 21.1%25 to 34 years
  • 18.2%35 to 44 years
  • 11.7%45 to 54 years
  • 17.8%55 to 64 years
  • 15.8%65 to 74 years
  • 16.3%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Pittsburgh,PA (% below half of poverty level)
  • 18.4%Under 5 years
  • 15.3%5 years
  • 15.3%6 to 11 years
  • 11.9%12 to 14 years
  • 8.7%15 years
  • 10.9%16 and 17 years
  • 25.1%18 to 24 years
  • 9.8%25 to 34 years
  • 7.0%35 to 44 years
  • 6.0%45 to 54 years
  • 5.4%55 to 64 years
  • 4.0%65 to 74 years
  • 4.2%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Pittsburgh, PA

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Pittsburgh, PA (%)
  • 12.9%White
  • 34.8%Black
  • 38.2%American Indian
  • 28.1%Asian
  • 18.1%Native Hawaiian
  • 37.0%Other race
  • 33.4%2+ races
  • 29.8%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Pittsburgh, PA (absolute numbers)
  • 23,506White
  • 21,698Black
  • 157American Indian
  • 4,521Asian
  • 25Native Hawaiian
  • 481Other race
  • 3,9302+ races
  • 2,582Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 19.2%Below poverty level
  • 80.8%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 30.9%Below poverty level
  • 69.1%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Pittsburgh, PA

Children below poverty level:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

32.4%
State:

16.7%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Pittsburgh:

28.8%
Pennsylvania:

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

41.3%
Pennsylvania:

36.4%
Poor families by family type
  • 28.8%Married-couple family
  • 5.3%Male, no wife present
  • 65.9%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Pittsburgh not in families by work experience
  • 2.7%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 41.9%Worked part-time
  • 55.4%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.2%Both worked full-time
  • 5.0%One full-time, other part-time
  • 8.8%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 9.9%Both worked part-time
  • 22.9%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 53.1%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
  • 0.6%1995 to 1998
  • 1.3%1990 to 1994
  • 1.4%1980 to 1989
  • 2.7%1970 to 1979
  • 5.0%1960 to 1969
  • 11.5%1950 to 1959
  • 11.9%1940 to 1949
  • 65.6%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.2%1999 to 2000
  • 0.6%1995 to 1998
  • 0.6%1990 to 1994
  • 2.0%1980 to 1989
  • 3.0%1970 to 1979
  • 6.4%1960 to 1969
  • 14.9%1950 to 1959
  • 12.7%1940 to 1949
  • 59.5%1939 or earlier
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