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Washington, District of Columbia (DC) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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13.3% of Washington, DC residents had an income below the poverty level in 2022, which was about the same as the poverty level of 13.3% across the entire state of District of Columbia. 9.3% of high school graduates and 37.0% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 25.2% among disabled residents. The renting rate among poor residents was 90.2%. For comparison, it was 42.0% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Washington, DC

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

13.3%
Whole state:

13.3%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2022:
Washington:

8.0%
Whole state:

8.0%

Poverty rate among disabled residents:
Washington:

25.2%
District of Columbia:

25.2%
Disability rate in this city among poor residents (it is 9.5% among residents who are not classified as poor):
Washington:

20.7%
District of Columbia:

20.7%

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

90.2%
Residents above poverty level:

42.0%

Poverty by age in Washington, DC

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Washington
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Washington,DC (percentage below poverty level)
  • 12.2%Under 5 years
  • 2.5%5 years
  • 15.0%6 to 11 years
  • 29.2%12 to 14 years
  • 23.0%15 years
  • 2.2%16 and 17 years
  • 27.4%18 to 24 years
  • 9.3%25 to 34 years
  • 7.9%35 to 44 years
  • 10.2%45 to 54 years
  • 12.0%55 to 64 years
  • 15.9%65 to 74 years
  • 14.2%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Washington
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Washington,DC (percentage below poverty level)
  • 17.4%Under 5 years
  • 12.1%5 years
  • 22.9%6 to 11 years
  • 15.6%12 to 14 years
  • 20.4%15 years
  • 18.0%16 and 17 years
  • 28.3%18 to 24 years
  • 8.7%25 to 34 years
  • 9.3%35 to 44 years
  • 7.2%45 to 54 years
  • 19.9%55 to 64 years
  • 15.8%65 to 74 years
  • 17.0%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Washington, DC
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Washington,DC (% below half of poverty level)
  • 10.0%Under 6 years
  • 11.5%6 to 11 years
  • 9.1%12 to 17 years
  • 19.5%18 to 24 years
  • 6.6%25 to 34 years
  • 4.5%35 to 44 years
  • 5.4%45 to 54 years
  • 9.2%55 to 64 years
  • 7.8%65 to 74 years
  • 5.6%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Washington, DC

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Washington, DC
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Washington, DC (%)
  • 5.9%White
  • 21.3%Black
  • 22.8%American Indian
  • 13.3%Asian
  • 14.1%Native Hawaiian
  • 17.4%Other race
  • 7.4%2+ races
  • 10.4%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Washington, DC
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Washington, DC (absolute numbers)
  • 13,731White
  • 57,958Black
  • 569American Indian
  • 3,451Asian
  • 58Native Hawaiian
  • 6,448Other race
  • 4,9252+ races
  • 7,931Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 13.8%Below poverty level
  • 86.2%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 10.8%Below poverty level
  • 89.2%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Washington, DC

Children below poverty level:
Washington, District of Columbia:

16.8%
State:

16.8%
Poverty rate among high school graduates:
Washington:

9.3%
District of Columbia:

9.3%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school:
Washington:

37.0%
District of Columbia:

37.0%
Poor families by family type
  • 21.2%Married-couple family
  • 3.7%Male, no wife present
  • 75.0%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Washington not in families by work experience
  • 4.2%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 31.7%Worked part-time
  • 64.2%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.3%Both worked full-time
  • 2.9%One full-time, other part-time
  • 12.6%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 18.1%Both worked part-time
  • 20.6%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 45.6%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.2%1999 to 2000
  • 1.3%1995 to 1998
  • 0.8%1990 to 1994
  • 3.7%1980 to 1989
  • 5.2%1970 to 1979
  • 10.3%1960 to 1969
  • 13.5%1950 to 1959
  • 21.0%1940 to 1949
  • 43.9%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.4%1999 to 2000
  • 0.9%1995 to 1998
  • 1.0%1990 to 1994
  • 3.6%1980 to 1989
  • 4.2%1970 to 1979
  • 8.4%1960 to 1969
  • 13.5%1950 to 1959
  • 17.6%1940 to 1949
  • 50.4%1939 or earlier
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