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


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10.1% of Seattle, WA residents had an income below the poverty level in 2022, which was about the same as the poverty level of 10.0% across the entire state of Washington. 7.5% of high school graduates and 32.2% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 22.3% among disabled residents. The renting rate among poor residents was 72.7%. For comparison, it was 28.2% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Seattle, WA

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2022:
Seattle:

10.1%
Whole state:

10.0%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2022:
Seattle:

6.0%
Whole state:

5.4%

Poverty rate among disabled residents:
Seattle:

22.3%
Washington:

18.4%
Disability rate in this city among poor residents (it is 9.1% among residents who are not classified as poor):
Seattle:

23.2%
Washington:

24.8%

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

72.7%
Residents above poverty level:

28.2%

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
  • 0.0%5 years
  • 15.5%6 to 11 years
  • 14.1%12 to 14 years
  • 9.3%15 years
  • 17.9%16 and 17 years
  • 22.9%18 to 24 years
  • 5.0%25 to 34 years
  • 6.2%35 to 44 years
  • 8.1%45 to 54 years
  • 9.5%55 to 64 years
  • 9.4%65 to 74 years
  • 13.7%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)
  • 4.4%Under 5 years
  • 0.0%5 years
  • 10.6%6 to 11 years
  • 7.1%12 to 14 years
  • 8.7%15 years
  • 9.6%16 and 17 years
  • 24.1%18 to 24 years
  • 8.2%25 to 34 years
  • 9.8%35 to 44 years
  • 8.4%45 to 54 years
  • 11.0%55 to 64 years
  • 10.6%65 to 74 years
  • 17.9%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)
  • 5.3%Under 6 years
  • 10.7%6 to 11 years
  • 6.2%12 to 17 years
  • 14.3%18 to 24 years
  • 4.3%25 to 34 years
  • 5.4%35 to 44 years
  • 5.5%45 to 54 years
  • 5.1%55 to 64 years
  • 4.0%65 to 74 years
  • 4.1%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 (%)
  • 7.6%White
  • 22.2%Black
  • 18.9%American Indian
  • 11.2%Asian
  • 5.8%Native Hawaiian
  • 16.6%Other race
  • 9.9%2+ races
  • 18.1%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)
  • 32,802White
  • 9,487Black
  • 815American Indian
  • 14,716Asian
  • 88Native Hawaiian
  • 3,653Other race
  • 7,8052+ races
  • 11,086Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 9.3%Below poverty level
  • 90.7%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 13.2%Below poverty level
  • 86.8%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Seattle, WA

Children below poverty level:
Seattle, Washington:

9.7%
State:

11.1%
Poverty rate among high school graduates:
Seattle:

7.5%
Washington:

7.9%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school:
Seattle:

32.2%
Washington:

20.3%
Poor families by family type
  • 34.2%Married-couple family
  • 11.3%Male, no wife present
  • 54.5%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Seattle not in families by work experience
  • 7.1%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 36.1%Worked part-time
  • 56.8%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.5%Both worked full-time
  • 5.5%One full-time, other part-time
  • 10.9%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 5.3%Both worked part-time
  • 25.8%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 52.0%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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