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Rochester, New York (NY) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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32.3% of Rochester, NY residents had an income below the poverty level in 2017, which was 56.4% greater than the poverty level of 14.1% across the entire state of New York. Taking into account residents not living in families, 20.6% of high school graduates and 46.9% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 30.9% among disabled males and 32.8% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 86.2%. For comparison, it was 51.6% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Rochester, NY

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

32.3%
Whole state:

14.1%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2017:
Rochester:

16.8%
Whole state:

6.4%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Rochester:

30.9%
New York:

18.1%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 22.3% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Rochester:

33.2%
New York:

29.6%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Rochester:

32.8%
New York:

23.0%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 23.4% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Rochester:

32.2%
New York:

31.0%

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

86.2%
Residents above poverty level:

51.6%

Poverty by age in Rochester, NY

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Rochester
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Rochester,NY (percentage below poverty level)
  • 65.8%Under 5 years
  • 50.2%5 years
  • 58.4%6 to 11 years
  • 53.4%12 to 14 years
  • 64.9%15 years
  • 48.8%16 and 17 years
  • 28.7%18 to 24 years
  • 15.8%25 to 34 years
  • 13.8%35 to 44 years
  • 27.1%45 to 54 years
  • 25.5%55 to 64 years
  • 23.0%65 to 74 years
  • 26.7%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Rochester
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Rochester,NY (percentage below poverty level)
  • 43.9%Under 5 years
  • 76.3%5 years
  • 59.0%6 to 11 years
  • 54.6%12 to 14 years
  • 64.8%15 years
  • 51.5%16 and 17 years
  • 35.7%18 to 24 years
  • 35.3%25 to 34 years
  • 33.0%35 to 44 years
  • 24.0%45 to 54 years
  • 26.9%55 to 64 years
  • 19.1%65 to 74 years
  • 19.4%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Rochester, NY
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Rochester,NY (% below half of poverty level)
  • 20.1%Under 5 years
  • 19.6%5 years
  • 17.9%6 to 11 years
  • 14.8%12 to 14 years
  • 16.8%15 years
  • 14.1%16 and 17 years
  • 15.9%18 to 24 years
  • 10.9%25 to 34 years
  • 9.7%35 to 44 years
  • 7.6%45 to 54 years
  • 7.5%55 to 64 years
  • 3.8%65 to 74 years
  • 4.8%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Rochester, NY

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Rochester, NY
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Rochester, NY (%)
  • 18.5%White
  • 42.0%Black
  • 48.7%American Indian
  • 24.7%Asian
  • 15.8%Native Hawaiian
  • 42.3%Other race
  • 37.3%2+ races
  • 41.7%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Rochester, NY
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Rochester, NY (absolute numbers)
  • 13,387White
  • 34,788Black
  • 1,021American Indian
  • 1,489Asian
  • 12Native Hawaiian
  • 3,286Other race
  • 3,7152+ races
  • 14,640Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 33.3%Below poverty level
  • 66.7%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 23.1%Below poverty level
  • 76.9%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Rochester, NY

Children below poverty level:
Rochester, New York:

56.2%
State:

19.4%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Rochester:

20.6%
New York:

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

46.9%
New York:

44.0%
Poor families by family type
  • 12.6%Married-couple family
  • 6.2%Male, no wife present
  • 81.2%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Rochester not in families by work experience
  • 2.1%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 30.6%Worked part-time
  • 67.3%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.7%Both worked full-time
  • 5.5%One full-time, other part-time
  • 13.7%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 13.2%Both worked part-time
  • 25.1%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 41.9%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.6%1999 to 2000
  • 0.4%1995 to 1998
  • 0.7%1990 to 1994
  • 1.9%1980 to 1989
  • 1.5%1970 to 1979
  • 6.4%1960 to 1969
  • 14.8%1950 to 1959
  • 11.4%1940 to 1949
  • 62.1%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.3%1999 to 2000
  • 0.9%1995 to 1998
  • 1.0%1990 to 1994
  • 2.4%1980 to 1989
  • 1.5%1970 to 1979
  • 3.7%1960 to 1969
  • 12.9%1950 to 1959
  • 10.7%1940 to 1949
  • 66.6%1939 or earlier
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