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Roanoke, Virginia (VA) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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19.4% of Roanoke, VA residents had an income below the poverty level in 2017, which was 45.1% greater than the poverty level of 10.6% across the entire state of Virginia. Taking into account residents not living in families, 15.3% of high school graduates and 39.2% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 20.6% among disabled males and 23.3% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 72.8%. For comparison, it was 38.4% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Roanoke, VA

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

19.4%
Whole state:

10.6%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2017:
Roanoke:

7.4%
Whole state:

5.0%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Roanoke:

20.6%
Virginia:

13.0%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 23.1% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Roanoke:

41.5%
Virginia:

29.2%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Roanoke:

23.3%
Virginia:

17.2%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 23.7% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Roanoke:

34.6%
Virginia:

29.1%

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

72.8%
Residents above poverty level:

38.4%

Poverty by age in Roanoke, VA

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Roanoke
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Roanoke,VA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 23.4%Under 5 years
  • 24.5%5 years
  • 25.4%6 to 11 years
  • 36.0%12 to 14 years
  • 39.9%15 years
  • 0.0%16 and 17 years
  • 42.7%18 to 24 years
  • 14.2%25 to 34 years
  • 12.0%35 to 44 years
  • 11.9%45 to 54 years
  • 22.3%55 to 64 years
  • 2.0%65 to 74 years
  • 1.9%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Roanoke
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Roanoke,VA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 24.1%Under 5 years
  • 27.6%5 years
  • 26.8%6 to 11 years
  • 10.4%12 to 14 years
  • 0.0%15 years
  • 48.6%16 and 17 years
  • 18.9%18 to 24 years
  • 24.0%25 to 34 years
  • 26.3%35 to 44 years
  • 22.3%45 to 54 years
  • 15.4%55 to 64 years
  • 22.5%65 to 74 years
  • 4.2%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Roanoke, VA
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Roanoke,VA (% below half of poverty level)
  • 14.3%Under 5 years
  • 14.3%5 years
  • 12.0%6 to 11 years
  • 7.5%12 to 14 years
  • 9.8%15 years
  • 9.5%16 and 17 years
  • 12.4%18 to 24 years
  • 6.7%25 to 34 years
  • 4.1%35 to 44 years
  • 4.9%45 to 54 years
  • 5.5%55 to 64 years
  • 2.0%65 to 74 years
  • 2.9%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Roanoke, VA

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Roanoke, VA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Roanoke, VA (%)
  • 15.2%White
  • 40.3%Black
  • 11.0%American Indian
  • 36.8%Asian
  • 0.0%Native Hawaiian
  • 18.3%Other race
  • 23.8%2+ races
  • 28.2%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Roanoke, VA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Roanoke, VA (absolute numbers)
  • 8,720White
  • 12,097Black
  • 32American Indian
  • 1,037Asian
  • 0Native Hawaiian
  • 264Other race
  • 9622+ races
  • 1,757Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 19.7%Below poverty level
  • 80.3%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 15.7%Below poverty level
  • 84.3%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Roanoke, VA

Children below poverty level:
Roanoke, Virginia:

31.1%
State:

13.7%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Roanoke:

15.3%
Virginia:

15.0%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Roanoke:

39.2%
Virginia:

38.9%
Poor families by family type
  • 15.8%Married-couple family
  • 21.1%Male, no wife present
  • 63.0%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Roanoke not in families by work experience
  • 4.3%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 30.2%Worked part-time
  • 65.5%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.9%Both worked full-time
  • 8.4%One full-time, other part-time
  • 5.5%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 12.9%Both worked part-time
  • 24.5%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 47.9%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 1.0%1999 to 2000
  • 1.9%1995 to 1998
  • 1.6%1990 to 1994
  • 4.0%1980 to 1989
  • 7.6%1970 to 1979
  • 12.8%1960 to 1969
  • 21.6%1950 to 1959
  • 16.4%1940 to 1949
  • 33.0%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.9%1999 to 2000
  • 2.9%1995 to 1998
  • 2.0%1990 to 1994
  • 3.9%1980 to 1989
  • 9.4%1970 to 1979
  • 15.3%1960 to 1969
  • 26.8%1950 to 1959
  • 15.3%1940 to 1949
  • 23.4%1939 or earlier
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