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Detroit, Michigan (MI) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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30.6% of Detroit, MI residents had an income below the poverty level in 2019, which was 57.6% greater than the poverty level of 13.0% across the entire state of Michigan. Taking into account residents not living in families, 27.7% of high school graduates and 51.6% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 26.5% among disabled males and 30.8% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 66.9%. For comparison, it was 38.1% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Detroit, MI

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

30.6%
Whole state:

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

13.7%
Whole state:

5.6%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Detroit:

26.5%
Michigan:

13.9%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 27.4% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Detroit:

31.9%
Michigan:

29.8%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Detroit:

30.8%
Michigan:

18.3%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 26.8% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Detroit:

33.1%
Michigan:

30.0%

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

66.9%
Residents above poverty level:

38.1%

Poverty by age in Detroit, MI

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Detroit
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Detroit,MI (percentage below poverty level)
  • 38.9%Under 5 years
  • 39.2%5 years
  • 45.8%6 to 11 years
  • 39.1%12 to 14 years
  • 30.3%15 years
  • 43.6%16 and 17 years
  • 30.3%18 to 24 years
  • 23.8%25 to 34 years
  • 23.0%35 to 44 years
  • 30.2%45 to 54 years
  • 30.8%55 to 64 years
  • 21.2%65 to 74 years
  • 11.6%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Detroit
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Detroit,MI (percentage below poverty level)
  • 45.5%Under 5 years
  • 64.1%5 years
  • 43.8%6 to 11 years
  • 43.9%12 to 14 years
  • 45.1%15 years
  • 39.3%16 and 17 years
  • 34.7%18 to 24 years
  • 26.8%25 to 34 years
  • 31.1%35 to 44 years
  • 26.7%45 to 54 years
  • 28.9%55 to 64 years
  • 19.8%65 to 74 years
  • 19.3%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Detroit, MI
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Detroit,MI (% below half of poverty level)
  • 20.5%Under 5 years
  • 19.1%5 years
  • 18.6%6 to 11 years
  • 16.0%12 to 14 years
  • 16.2%15 years
  • 15.3%16 and 17 years
  • 15.0%18 to 24 years
  • 13.2%25 to 34 years
  • 12.6%35 to 44 years
  • 10.0%45 to 54 years
  • 9.2%55 to 64 years
  • 5.9%65 to 74 years
  • 6.2%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Detroit, MI

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Detroit, MI
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Detroit, MI (%)
  • 29.5%White
  • 29.5%Black
  • 49.0%American Indian
  • 31.6%Asian
  • 45.5%Native Hawaiian
  • 39.0%Other race
  • 31.3%2+ races
  • 36.5%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Detroit, MI
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Detroit, MI (absolute numbers)
  • 19,731White
  • 152,570Black
  • 1,413American Indian
  • 3,402Asian
  • 52Native Hawaiian
  • 9,107Other race
  • 3,8812+ races
  • 20,094Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 30.2%Below poverty level
  • 69.8%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 36.9%Below poverty level
  • 63.1%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Detroit, MI

Children below poverty level:
Detroit, Michigan:

43.1%
State:

17.3%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Detroit:

27.7%
Michigan:

17.6%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Detroit:

51.6%
Michigan:

37.6%
Poor families by family type
  • 20.4%Married-couple family
  • 15.7%Male, no wife present
  • 63.9%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Detroit not in families by work experience
  • 2.2%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 22.9%Worked part-time
  • 74.9%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.3%Both worked full-time
  • 2.4%One full-time, other part-time
  • 10.7%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 11.6%Both worked part-time
  • 28.5%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 46.5%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.1%1999 to 2000
  • 0.3%1995 to 1998
  • 0.1%1990 to 1994
  • 0.5%1980 to 1989
  • 2.4%1970 to 1979
  • 7.9%1960 to 1969
  • 23.8%1950 to 1959
  • 29.3%1940 to 1949
  • 35.5%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.1%1999 to 2000
  • 0.4%1995 to 1998
  • 0.2%1990 to 1994
  • 0.3%1980 to 1989
  • 1.9%1970 to 1979
  • 7.2%1960 to 1969
  • 29.7%1950 to 1959
  • 30.5%1940 to 1949
  • 29.7%1939 or earlier
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