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Providence, Rhode Island (RI) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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22.3% of Providence, RI residents had an income below the poverty level in 2017, which was 47.8% greater than the poverty level of 11.6% across the entire state of Rhode Island. Taking into account residents not living in families, 34.1% of high school graduates and 49.0% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 31.0% among disabled males and 34.9% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 88.9%. For comparison, it was 56.2% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Providence, RI

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

22.3%
Whole state:

11.6%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2017:
Providence:

7.6%
Whole state:

4.2%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Providence:

31.0%
Rhode Island:

14.7%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 22.7% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Providence:

29.5%
Rhode Island:

31.1%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Providence:

34.9%
Rhode Island:

19.8%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 22.4% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Providence:

27.6%
Rhode Island:

30.9%

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

88.9%
Residents above poverty level:

56.2%

Poverty by age in Providence, RI

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Providence
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Providence,RI (percentage below poverty level)
  • 31.0%Under 5 years
  • 0.0%5 years
  • 35.3%6 to 11 years
  • 22.0%12 to 14 years
  • 55.2%15 years
  • 24.3%16 and 17 years
  • 26.6%18 to 24 years
  • 16.2%25 to 34 years
  • 10.1%35 to 44 years
  • 15.8%45 to 54 years
  • 11.7%55 to 64 years
  • 19.1%65 to 74 years
  • 19.0%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Providence
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Providence,RI (percentage below poverty level)
  • 39.9%Under 5 years
  • 22.9%5 years
  • 42.5%6 to 11 years
  • 28.2%12 to 14 years
  • 36.4%15 years
  • 6.6%16 and 17 years
  • 25.2%18 to 24 years
  • 25.0%25 to 34 years
  • 19.4%35 to 44 years
  • 26.6%45 to 54 years
  • 16.0%55 to 64 years
  • 18.7%65 to 74 years
  • 21.4%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Providence, RI
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Providence,RI (% below half of poverty level)
  • 22.9%Under 5 years
  • 20.7%5 years
  • 19.4%6 to 11 years
  • 17.8%12 to 14 years
  • 17.5%15 years
  • 17.4%16 and 17 years
  • 24.9%18 to 24 years
  • 12.3%25 to 34 years
  • 9.0%35 to 44 years
  • 7.7%45 to 54 years
  • 7.0%55 to 64 years
  • 3.4%65 to 74 years
  • 4.8%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Providence, RI

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Providence, RI
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Providence, RI (%)
  • 14.0%White
  • 26.6%Black
  • 52.8%American Indian
  • 27.7%Asian
  • 0.0%Native Hawaiian
  • 19.1%Other race
  • 32.5%2+ races
  • 26.1%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Providence, RI
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Providence, RI (absolute numbers)
  • 7,089White
  • 6,839Black
  • 1,218American Indian
  • 2,842Asian
  • 0Native Hawaiian
  • 5,107Other race
  • 2,3972+ races
  • 19,973Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 23.9%Below poverty level
  • 76.1%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 18.9%Below poverty level
  • 81.1%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Providence, RI

Children below poverty level:
Providence, Rhode Island:

32.0%
State:

16.4%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Providence:

34.1%
Rhode Island:

18.3%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Providence:

49.0%
Rhode Island:

36.4%
Poor families by family type
  • 27.9%Married-couple family
  • 5.8%Male, no wife present
  • 66.3%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Providence not in families by work experience
  • 1.2%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 40.2%Worked part-time
  • 58.6%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.0%Both worked full-time
  • 4.3%One full-time, other part-time
  • 18.2%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 10.8%Both worked part-time
  • 24.3%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 42.5%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
  • 2.2%1995 to 1998
  • 2.8%1990 to 1994
  • 3.4%1980 to 1989
  • 4.9%1970 to 1979
  • 6.2%1960 to 1969
  • 11.8%1950 to 1959
  • 14.8%1940 to 1949
  • 53.5%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.3%1999 to 2000
  • 1.6%1995 to 1998
  • 2.2%1990 to 1994
  • 4.5%1980 to 1989
  • 4.2%1970 to 1979
  • 6.2%1960 to 1969
  • 12.3%1950 to 1959
  • 11.7%1940 to 1949
  • 57.0%1939 or earlier
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