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Durham, North Carolina (NC) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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15.2% of Durham, NC residents had an income below the poverty level in 2019, which was 10.8% greater than the poverty level of 13.6% across the entire state of North Carolina. Taking into account residents not living in families, 18.9% of high school graduates and 41.3% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 17.3% among disabled males and 23.0% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 84.1%. For comparison, it was 45.5% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Durham, NC

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

15.2%
Whole state:

13.6%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2019:
Durham:

7.4%
Whole state:

6.0%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Durham:

17.3%
North Carolina:

14.8%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 17.7% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Durham:

24.1%
North Carolina:

30.6%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Durham:

23.0%
North Carolina:

20.5%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 17.0% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Durham:

28.0%
North Carolina:

32.2%

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

84.1%
Residents above poverty level:

45.5%

Poverty by age in Durham, NC

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Durham
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Durham,NC (percentage below poverty level)
  • 22.0%Under 5 years
  • 35.4%5 years
  • 21.6%6 to 11 years
  • 27.8%12 to 14 years
  • 25.6%15 years
  • 17.2%16 and 17 years
  • 26.6%18 to 24 years
  • 8.0%25 to 34 years
  • 9.8%35 to 44 years
  • 10.2%45 to 54 years
  • 12.1%55 to 64 years
  • 11.4%65 to 74 years
  • 11.0%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Durham
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Durham,NC (percentage below poverty level)
  • 29.9%Under 5 years
  • 31.7%5 years
  • 21.2%6 to 11 years
  • 16.4%12 to 14 years
  • 13.6%15 years
  • 4.9%16 and 17 years
  • 28.6%18 to 24 years
  • 18.3%25 to 34 years
  • 12.2%35 to 44 years
  • 5.3%45 to 54 years
  • 16.7%55 to 64 years
  • 8.4%65 to 74 years
  • 9.1%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Durham, NC
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Durham,NC (% below half of poverty level)
  • 13.5%Under 5 years
  • 11.1%5 years
  • 9.8%6 to 11 years
  • 8.3%12 to 14 years
  • 9.7%15 years
  • 9.1%16 and 17 years
  • 20.3%18 to 24 years
  • 6.7%25 to 34 years
  • 5.8%35 to 44 years
  • 4.2%45 to 54 years
  • 4.6%55 to 64 years
  • 3.7%65 to 74 years
  • 4.6%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Durham, NC

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Durham, NC
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Durham, NC (%)
  • 6.9%White
  • 18.9%Black
  • 17.3%American Indian
  • 12.8%Asian
  • 16.3%Native Hawaiian
  • 18.2%Other race
  • 21.3%2+ races
  • 29.3%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Durham, NC
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Durham, NC (absolute numbers)
  • 7,474White
  • 19,257Black
  • 116American Indian
  • 1,762Asian
  • 17Native Hawaiian
  • 1,786Other race
  • 1,8952+ races
  • 10,335Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 14.2%Below poverty level
  • 85.8%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 20.3%Below poverty level
  • 79.7%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Durham, NC

Children below poverty level:
Durham, North Carolina:

22.9%
State:

19.3%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Durham:

18.9%
North Carolina:

17.9%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Durham:

41.3%
North Carolina:

42.0%
Poor families by family type
  • 24.8%Married-couple family
  • 8.1%Male, no wife present
  • 67.1%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Durham not in families by work experience
  • 2.0%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 42.3%Worked part-time
  • 55.7%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.0%Both worked full-time
  • 4.8%One full-time, other part-time
  • 15.2%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 17.5%Both worked part-time
  • 30.9%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 31.6%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 2.5%1999 to 2000
  • 3.6%1995 to 1998
  • 7.4%1990 to 1994
  • 13.9%1980 to 1989
  • 11.9%1970 to 1979
  • 18.4%1960 to 1969
  • 18.7%1950 to 1959
  • 7.9%1940 to 1949
  • 15.7%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 4.4%1999 to 2000
  • 10.4%1995 to 1998
  • 11.5%1990 to 1994
  • 23.0%1980 to 1989
  • 13.5%1970 to 1979
  • 13.7%1960 to 1969
  • 10.3%1950 to 1959
  • 6.2%1940 to 1949
  • 7.0%1939 or earlier
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