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


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28.8% of Buffalo, NY residents had an income below the poverty level in 2019, which was 54.7% greater than the poverty level of 13.0% across the entire state of New York. Taking into account residents not living in families, 28.0% of high school graduates and 44.6% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 29.7% among disabled males and 33.4% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 84.3%. For comparison, it was 46.9% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Buffalo, NY

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2019:
Buffalo:

28.8%
Whole state:

13.0%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2019:
Buffalo:

12.1%
Whole state:

6.0%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Buffalo:

29.7%
New York:

18.1%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 23.8% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Buffalo:

33.0%
New York:

29.6%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Buffalo:

33.4%
New York:

23.0%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 24.6% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Buffalo:

33.8%
New York:

31.0%

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

84.3%
Residents above poverty level:

46.9%

Poverty by age in Buffalo, NY

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Buffalo
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Buffalo,NY (percentage below poverty level)
  • 38.1%Under 5 years
  • 63.9%5 years
  • 52.6%6 to 11 years
  • 44.7%12 to 14 years
  • 36.3%15 years
  • 34.8%16 and 17 years
  • 34.2%18 to 24 years
  • 16.8%25 to 34 years
  • 19.5%35 to 44 years
  • 26.5%45 to 54 years
  • 20.1%55 to 64 years
  • 13.6%65 to 74 years
  • 15.3%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Buffalo
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Buffalo,NY (percentage below poverty level)
  • 42.8%Under 5 years
  • 29.5%5 years
  • 41.8%6 to 11 years
  • 39.1%12 to 14 years
  • 64.1%15 years
  • 43.5%16 and 17 years
  • 32.8%18 to 24 years
  • 31.1%25 to 34 years
  • 32.1%35 to 44 years
  • 22.2%45 to 54 years
  • 22.4%55 to 64 years
  • 13.9%65 to 74 years
  • 28.1%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Buffalo, NY
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Buffalo,NY (% below half of poverty level)
  • 25.0%Under 5 years
  • 18.8%5 years
  • 20.4%6 to 11 years
  • 17.6%12 to 14 years
  • 15.4%15 years
  • 14.9%16 and 17 years
  • 20.2%18 to 24 years
  • 12.4%25 to 34 years
  • 10.4%35 to 44 years
  • 8.0%45 to 54 years
  • 8.2%55 to 64 years
  • 3.5%65 to 74 years
  • 3.9%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Buffalo, NY

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Buffalo, NY
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Buffalo, NY (%)
  • 17.8%White
  • 31.4%Black
  • 25.3%American Indian
  • 52.4%Asian
  • 89.6%Native Hawaiian
  • 47.5%Other race
  • 38.4%2+ races
  • 43.0%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Buffalo, NY
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Buffalo, NY (absolute numbers)
  • 17,795White
  • 29,101Black
  • 272American Indian
  • 8,733Asian
  • 92Native Hawaiian
  • 7,623Other race
  • 3,9772+ races
  • 14,785Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 27.8%Below poverty level
  • 72.2%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 36.4%Below poverty level
  • 63.6%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Buffalo, NY

Children below poverty level:
Buffalo, New York:

43.0%
State:

17.7%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Buffalo:

28.0%
New York:

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

44.6%
New York:

44.0%
Poor families by family type
  • 30.6%Married-couple family
  • 5.5%Male, no wife present
  • 63.9%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Buffalo not in families by work experience
  • 2.2%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 32.7%Worked part-time
  • 65.0%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 1.0%Both worked full-time
  • 4.4%One full-time, other part-time
  • 11.4%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 11.6%Both worked part-time
  • 25.7%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 46.0%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.0%1999 to 2000
  • 0.7%1995 to 1998
  • 1.1%1990 to 1994
  • 0.9%1980 to 1989
  • 1.2%1970 to 1979
  • 3.3%1960 to 1969
  • 9.6%1950 to 1959
  • 13.3%1940 to 1949
  • 69.7%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.2%1999 to 2000
  • 0.8%1995 to 1998
  • 1.2%1990 to 1994
  • 1.5%1980 to 1989
  • 0.9%1970 to 1979
  • 2.8%1960 to 1969
  • 12.4%1950 to 1959
  • 13.6%1940 to 1949
  • 66.6%1939 or earlier
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