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Seattle, Washington (WA) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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11.1% of Seattle, WA residents had an income below the poverty level in 2017, which was about the same as the poverty level of 11.0% across the entire state of Washington. Taking into account residents not living in families, 16.1% of high school graduates and 42.4% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 20.3% among disabled males and 21.4% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 84.3%. For comparison, it was 47.7% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Seattle, WA

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

11.1%
Whole state:

11.0%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2017:
Seattle:

5.3%
Whole state:

5.1%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Seattle:

20.3%
Washington:

13.9%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 15.6% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Seattle:

31.6%
Washington:

28.3%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Seattle:

21.4%
Washington:

18.1%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 15.6% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Seattle:

30.4%
Washington:

28.5%

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

84.3%
Residents above poverty level:

47.7%

Poverty by age in Seattle, WA

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Seattle
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Seattle,WA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 7.7%Under 5 years
  • 16.4%5 years
  • 15.7%6 to 11 years
  • 8.2%12 to 14 years
  • 6.5%15 years
  • 17.0%16 and 17 years
  • 28.7%18 to 24 years
  • 6.6%25 to 34 years
  • 5.6%35 to 44 years
  • 6.0%45 to 54 years
  • 15.4%55 to 64 years
  • 12.0%65 to 74 years
  • 11.3%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Seattle
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Seattle,WA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 10.2%Under 5 years
  • 7.7%5 years
  • 9.7%6 to 11 years
  • 13.8%12 to 14 years
  • 7.7%15 years
  • 22.2%16 and 17 years
  • 33.9%18 to 24 years
  • 8.1%25 to 34 years
  • 9.2%35 to 44 years
  • 9.4%45 to 54 years
  • 9.0%55 to 64 years
  • 9.3%65 to 74 years
  • 11.1%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Seattle, WA
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Seattle,WA (% below half of poverty level)
  • 6.4%Under 5 years
  • 6.2%5 years
  • 5.8%6 to 11 years
  • 6.7%12 to 14 years
  • 9.4%15 years
  • 9.6%16 and 17 years
  • 15.2%18 to 24 years
  • 4.7%25 to 34 years
  • 3.9%35 to 44 years
  • 3.5%45 to 54 years
  • 4.4%55 to 64 years
  • 2.7%65 to 74 years
  • 3.2%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Seattle, WA

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Seattle, WA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Seattle, WA (%)
  • 7.9%White
  • 24.5%Black
  • 36.6%American Indian
  • 14.7%Asian
  • 22.7%Native Hawaiian
  • 25.7%Other race
  • 9.8%2+ races
  • 20.4%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Seattle, WA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Seattle, WA (absolute numbers)
  • 35,873White
  • 11,957Black
  • 1,296American Indian
  • 16,333Asian
  • 587Native Hawaiian
  • 5,328Other race
  • 4,6212+ races
  • 9,461Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 9.9%Below poverty level
  • 90.1%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 16.4%Below poverty level
  • 83.6%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Seattle, WA

Children below poverty level:
Seattle, Washington:

11.2%
State:

13.8%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Seattle:

16.1%
Washington:

17.3%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Seattle:

42.4%
Washington:

39.5%
Poor families by family type
  • 29.2%Married-couple family
  • 11.6%Male, no wife present
  • 59.3%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Seattle not in families by work experience
  • 2.4%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 46.0%Worked part-time
  • 51.6%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 1.1%Both worked full-time
  • 4.7%One full-time, other part-time
  • 9.8%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 17.8%Both worked part-time
  • 27.6%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 39.0%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
  • 2.6%1995 to 1998
  • 2.7%1990 to 1994
  • 7.0%1980 to 1989
  • 6.2%1970 to 1979
  • 8.0%1960 to 1969
  • 15.4%1950 to 1959
  • 15.0%1940 to 1949
  • 42.6%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 1.0%1999 to 2000
  • 3.1%1995 to 1998
  • 3.3%1990 to 1994
  • 7.0%1980 to 1989
  • 6.4%1970 to 1979
  • 7.7%1960 to 1969
  • 15.5%1950 to 1959
  • 16.1%1940 to 1949
  • 39.9%1939 or earlier
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