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Portland, Oregon (OR) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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14.7% of Portland, OR residents had an income below the poverty level in 2017, which was 10.0% greater than the poverty level of 13.2% across the entire state of Oregon. Taking into account residents not living in families, 18.1% of high school graduates and 41.5% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 19.5% among disabled males and 21.4% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 79.3%. For comparison, it was 39.5% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Portland, OR

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

14.7%
Whole state:

13.2%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2017:
Portland:

5.8%
Whole state:

5.8%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Portland:

19.5%
Oregon:

14.8%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 17.8% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Portland:

31.9%
Oregon:

27.8%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Portland:

21.4%
Oregon:

18.4%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 17.2% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Portland:

29.6%
Oregon:

27.8%

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

79.3%
Residents above poverty level:

39.5%

Poverty by age in Portland, OR

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Portland
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Portland,OR (percentage below poverty level)
  • 17.2%Under 5 years
  • 20.5%5 years
  • 12.6%6 to 11 years
  • 19.1%12 to 14 years
  • 38.6%15 years
  • 28.1%16 and 17 years
  • 27.1%18 to 24 years
  • 12.2%25 to 34 years
  • 10.9%35 to 44 years
  • 9.6%45 to 54 years
  • 13.6%55 to 64 years
  • 10.2%65 to 74 years
  • 11.3%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Portland
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Portland,OR (percentage below poverty level)
  • 13.4%Under 5 years
  • 33.2%5 years
  • 20.5%6 to 11 years
  • 8.5%12 to 14 years
  • 17.2%15 years
  • 18.4%16 and 17 years
  • 31.5%18 to 24 years
  • 16.1%25 to 34 years
  • 12.0%35 to 44 years
  • 10.8%45 to 54 years
  • 13.4%55 to 64 years
  • 15.1%65 to 74 years
  • 18.3%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Portland, OR
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Portland,OR (% below half of poverty level)
  • 7.6%Under 5 years
  • 7.4%5 years
  • 7.5%6 to 11 years
  • 5.6%12 to 14 years
  • 7.7%15 years
  • 9.5%16 and 17 years
  • 12.6%18 to 24 years
  • 5.8%25 to 34 years
  • 5.3%35 to 44 years
  • 4.3%45 to 54 years
  • 4.4%55 to 64 years
  • 2.0%65 to 74 years
  • 3.4%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Portland, OR

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Portland, OR
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Portland, OR (%)
  • 11.8%White
  • 27.9%Black
  • 27.3%American Indian
  • 18.8%Asian
  • 19.9%Native Hawaiian
  • 19.0%Other race
  • 15.0%2+ races
  • 25.6%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Portland, OR
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Portland, OR (absolute numbers)
  • 52,240White
  • 9,718Black
  • 1,329American Indian
  • 9,558Asian
  • 808Native Hawaiian
  • 2,690Other race
  • 5,0452+ races
  • 16,836Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 13.7%Below poverty level
  • 86.3%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 21.3%Below poverty level
  • 78.7%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Portland, OR

Children below poverty level:
Portland, Oregon:

16.9%
State:

15.9%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Portland:

18.1%
Oregon:

19.7%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Portland:

41.5%
Oregon:

39.7%
Poor families by family type
  • 40.0%Married-couple family
  • 13.0%Male, no wife present
  • 47.0%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Portland not in families by work experience
  • 3.0%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 45.9%Worked part-time
  • 51.1%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 1.8%Both worked full-time
  • 5.4%One full-time, other part-time
  • 15.1%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 15.7%Both worked part-time
  • 28.3%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 33.7%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.8%1999 to 2000
  • 3.8%1995 to 1998
  • 2.3%1990 to 1994
  • 4.0%1980 to 1989
  • 8.9%1970 to 1979
  • 8.9%1960 to 1969
  • 16.8%1950 to 1959
  • 13.0%1940 to 1949
  • 41.6%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.9%1999 to 2000
  • 4.1%1995 to 1998
  • 3.3%1990 to 1994
  • 5.1%1980 to 1989
  • 8.2%1970 to 1979
  • 8.9%1960 to 1969
  • 17.3%1950 to 1959
  • 12.7%1940 to 1949
  • 39.5%1939 or earlier
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