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Erie, Pennsylvania (PA) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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28.5% of Erie, PA residents had an income below the poverty level in 2019, which was 57.7% greater than the poverty level of 12.0% across the entire state of Pennsylvania. Taking into account residents not living in families, 24.0% of high school graduates and 45.6% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 26.3% among disabled males and 26.8% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 79.3%. For comparison, it was 36.2% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Erie, PA

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

28.5%
Whole state:

12.0%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2019:
Erie:

9.3%
Whole state:

5.4%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Erie:

26.3%
Pennsylvania:

14.4%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 18.3% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Erie:

34.0%
Pennsylvania:

29.2%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Erie:

26.8%
Pennsylvania:

19.4%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 20.8% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Erie:

30.6%
Pennsylvania:

30.6%

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

79.3%
Residents above poverty level:

36.2%

Poverty by age in Erie, PA

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Erie
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Erie,PA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 37.4%Under 5 years
  • 71.9%5 years
  • 23.3%6 to 11 years
  • 71.2%12 to 14 years
  • 64.1%15 years
  • 52.9%16 and 17 years
  • 41.6%18 to 24 years
  • 18.9%25 to 34 years
  • 17.2%35 to 44 years
  • 22.2%45 to 54 years
  • 19.1%55 to 64 years
  • 17.8%65 to 74 years
  • 12.7%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Erie
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Erie,PA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 51.1%Under 5 years
  • 9.1%5 years
  • 49.3%6 to 11 years
  • 64.8%12 to 14 years
  • 14.7%15 years
  • 27.2%16 and 17 years
  • 36.2%18 to 24 years
  • 27.2%25 to 34 years
  • 33.2%35 to 44 years
  • 28.3%45 to 54 years
  • 18.2%55 to 64 years
  • 20.0%65 to 74 years
  • 18.1%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Erie, PA
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Erie,PA (% below half of poverty level)
  • 15.3%Under 5 years
  • 16.8%5 years
  • 13.7%6 to 11 years
  • 11.3%12 to 14 years
  • 12.8%15 years
  • 12.6%16 and 17 years
  • 17.4%18 to 24 years
  • 8.4%25 to 34 years
  • 6.2%35 to 44 years
  • 4.7%45 to 54 years
  • 4.0%55 to 64 years
  • 2.4%65 to 74 years
  • 3.8%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Erie, PA

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Erie, PA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Erie, PA (%)
  • 22.2%White
  • 52.2%Black
  • 12.9%American Indian
  • 19.4%Asian
  • 24.2%Native Hawaiian
  • 40.1%Other race
  • 36.7%2+ races
  • 44.5%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Erie, PA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Erie, PA (absolute numbers)
  • 13,584White
  • 7,179Black
  • 54American Indian
  • 524Asian
  • 11Native Hawaiian
  • 1,412Other race
  • 1,5542+ races
  • 3,593Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 28.5%Below poverty level
  • 71.5%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 26.4%Below poverty level
  • 73.6%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Erie, PA

Children below poverty level:
Erie, Pennsylvania:

43.8%
State:

16.6%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Erie:

24.0%
Pennsylvania:

18.9%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Erie:

45.6%
Pennsylvania:

36.4%
Poor families by family type
  • 20.0%Married-couple family
  • 12.0%Male, no wife present
  • 67.9%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Erie not in families by work experience
  • 2.6%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 36.7%Worked part-time
  • 60.8%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 1.6%Both worked full-time
  • 6.0%One full-time, other part-time
  • 16.6%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 20.5%Both worked part-time
  • 25.8%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 29.6%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
  • 0.4%1995 to 1998
  • 1.3%1990 to 1994
  • 0.8%1980 to 1989
  • 5.0%1970 to 1979
  • 8.9%1960 to 1969
  • 19.2%1950 to 1959
  • 11.7%1940 to 1949
  • 52.7%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.1%1999 to 2000
  • 0.5%1995 to 1998
  • 1.2%1990 to 1994
  • 1.9%1980 to 1989
  • 6.8%1970 to 1979
  • 10.4%1960 to 1969
  • 25.1%1950 to 1959
  • 13.9%1940 to 1949
  • 40.3%1939 or earlier
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