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St. Louis, Missouri (MO) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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20.3% of St. Louis, MO residents had an income below the poverty level in 2017, which was 34.0% greater than the poverty level of 13.4% across the entire state of Missouri. Taking into account residents not living in families, 21.9% of high school graduates and 44.5% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 24.9% among disabled males and 29.2% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 78.3%. For comparison, it was 46.0% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in St. Louis, MO

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2017:
St. Louis:

20.3%
Whole state:

13.4%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2017:
St. Louis:

9.6%
Whole state:

5.7%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
St. Louis:

24.9%
Missouri:

15.1%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 23.2% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
St. Louis:

28.4%
Missouri:

29.3%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
St. Louis:

29.2%
Missouri:

19.8%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 24.5% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
St. Louis:

29.3%
Missouri:

29.7%

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

78.3%
Residents above poverty level:

46.0%

Poverty by age in St. Louis, MO

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in St. Louis
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in St. Louis,MO (percentage below poverty level)
  • 27.3%Under 5 years
  • 11.4%5 years
  • 24.4%6 to 11 years
  • 16.7%12 to 14 years
  • 32.6%15 years
  • 31.9%16 and 17 years
  • 35.2%18 to 24 years
  • 11.9%25 to 34 years
  • 10.9%35 to 44 years
  • 18.2%45 to 54 years
  • 20.2%55 to 64 years
  • 15.0%65 to 74 years
  • 13.2%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in St. Louis
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in St. Louis,MO (percentage below poverty level)
  • 31.5%Under 5 years
  • 3.1%5 years
  • 35.5%6 to 11 years
  • 25.6%12 to 14 years
  • 15.1%15 years
  • 47.6%16 and 17 years
  • 29.2%18 to 24 years
  • 16.1%25 to 34 years
  • 16.7%35 to 44 years
  • 21.8%45 to 54 years
  • 24.3%55 to 64 years
  • 15.7%65 to 74 years
  • 16.2%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in St. Louis, MO
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in St. Louis,MO (% below half of poverty level)
  • 21.0%Under 5 years
  • 24.2%5 years
  • 20.8%6 to 11 years
  • 17.3%12 to 14 years
  • 18.3%15 years
  • 16.6%16 and 17 years
  • 18.0%18 to 24 years
  • 11.4%25 to 34 years
  • 9.6%35 to 44 years
  • 8.5%45 to 54 years
  • 8.4%55 to 64 years
  • 4.2%65 to 74 years
  • 4.7%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in St. Louis, MO

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in St. Louis, MO
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in St. Louis, MO (%)
  • 8.8%White
  • 30.7%Black
  • 6.7%American Indian
  • 29.4%Asian
  • 63.4%Native Hawaiian
  • 25.3%Other race
  • 27.5%2+ races
  • 19.7%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in St. Louis, MO
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in St. Louis, MO (absolute numbers)
  • 11,579White
  • 43,231Black
  • 50American Indian
  • 3,122Asian
  • 106Native Hawaiian
  • 816Other race
  • 1,9762+ races
  • 2,513Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 19.7%Below poverty level
  • 80.3%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 28.1%Below poverty level
  • 71.9%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in St. Louis, MO

Children below poverty level:
St. Louis, Missouri:

27.9%
State:

18.1%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
St. Louis:

21.9%
Missouri:

18.2%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
St. Louis:

44.5%
Missouri:

39.1%
Poor families by family type
  • 22.5%Married-couple family
  • 5.7%Male, no wife present
  • 71.8%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in St. Louis not in families by work experience
  • 3.1%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 30.4%Worked part-time
  • 66.5%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.7%Both worked full-time
  • 3.1%One full-time, other part-time
  • 11.3%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 15.3%Both worked part-time
  • 24.5%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 45.1%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
  • 0.5%1995 to 1998
  • 0.4%1990 to 1994
  • 0.9%1980 to 1989
  • 2.3%1970 to 1979
  • 5.6%1960 to 1969
  • 14.3%1950 to 1959
  • 18.9%1940 to 1949
  • 56.7%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.3%1999 to 2000
  • 0.5%1995 to 1998
  • 0.7%1990 to 1994
  • 1.8%1980 to 1989
  • 1.6%1970 to 1979
  • 5.2%1960 to 1969
  • 15.7%1950 to 1959
  • 16.6%1940 to 1949
  • 57.7%1939 or earlier
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