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People of color, the elderly and people with disabilities, including veterans, are also especially vulnerable to poverty and income insecurity, the report found.

Circumstances required for happy and successful families are often lacking in poverty: stability, security, positive emotional time together, access to basic resources, and a strong shared belief system. Thus, hardships increase and family relationships suffer when individuals live in poverty.

National Research Center for Healthy Marriage and Families shows that healthy relationships affect the economic well-being of children, adults, and families in several important ways. According to 2019 Welfareinfo.org data, the poverty rate in Pittsburgh is 22.0%. One out of every 4.5 residents of Pittsburgh lives in poverty. 62,126 of 282,023 Pittsburgh residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year. The Poverty Rate across the state of Pennsylvania is 13.1%, meaning Pittsburgh has a dramatically higher than average percentage of residents below the poverty line when compared to the rest of Pennsylvania.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Poverty rates for veterans between the ages of 18-34 are higher than all other age groups.


According to the Administration on Aging (AoA), the poverty rate for black elders living in the U.S. is more than twice the rate for all elders. African American older adults make up 9% of the elderly population, they represent 21% of the elderly population living below the federal poverty level.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Poverty Rate By Race

RacePopulationPoverty RateNational Poverty RatePopulation

Black

67,792

34.4%25.2% 22.2%

Asian

14,888

34.0%11.9% 4.9%

Other

1,339

36.1%23.8% 0.4%

Two Or More Races

9,626

35.5%18.4% 3.2%

White

182,401

15.5%10.3% 59.8%

Hispanic

8,139

27.8%22.2% 2.7%


34.4% of Black residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the same as than the national average. 23,319 of 67,792 black Pennsylvanians live below the poverty line. Approximately 22.2% of the total population of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are black.

34.0% of Asian residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 5,055 of 14,888 asian Pennsylvanians live below the poverty line. Approximately 4.9% of the total population of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are asian.

15.5% of White residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is dramatically higher than the national average of 10.3%. 28,240 of 182,401 white Pennsylvanians live below the poverty line. Approximately 59.8% of the total population of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are white.

27.8% of Hispanic residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 2,261 of 8,139 hispanic Pennsylvanians live below the poverty line. Approximately 2.7% of the total population of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are hispanic.

"United Way of Pennsylvania launched a statewide data project, ALICE, which provides a comprehensive measure of financial hardship across our state. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The ALICE report tells the story of our community members who are going to work but are still struggling to survive, through a standardized methodology that assesses the cost of living in every county. ALICE is our neighbors, friends and family who may earn more than the official Federal Poverty Level, but still cannot afford the basic necessities for their family. ALICE lives in every county in Pennsylvania. Equipped with this data, the Pennsylvania network of United Ways will convene, advocate and innovate in our local communities to highlight the issues faced by ALICE households, and to generate solutions which help them on their path to financial stability.

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is 20.7%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is 23.3%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Female residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are moderately(12%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

28,551 of 137,663 males in Pittsburgh live below the poverty line.

33,575 of 144,360 females in Pittsburgh live below the poverty line.

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in Pittsburgh can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 39.5%.
  • Not Enrolled in School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 15.7%.

Poverty for younger ages in Pittsburgh is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 30.3%.
  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 34.3%.

Poverty for developing children and young adults in Pittsburgh can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 31.2%.
  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 27.4%.

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 57.4%.
  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have a Poverty Rate of 34.6%.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate By Age in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Poverty Rate By Age

Age Poverty Rate

Children Under 6

30.5% 

Children 6 to 11 Years Old

32.6% 

Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old

28.2% 

Adults 18 to 59 Years Old

22.7% 

Adults 60 to 74 Years Old

13.9% 

75 to 84 Years Old

11.9% 

Over 85 Years Old

12.1% 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

US Citizen

The Poverty Rate for residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who were born citizens of the United States is 21.5%.

Foreign

The Poverty Rate for residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 27.5%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Foreign-born residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have a higher poverty rate than those who were born US citizens.

Of the 257,522 residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who were born citizens of the United States, 55,378 (21.5%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 6,748 (27.5%) of 24,501 residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Poverty Rate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The poverty rate in Pittsburgh is 22.0%.
Pittsburgh is in Allegheny County.
Pennsylvania Poverty Rate by City

Source: WelfareInfo.org 2019


What types of households   Household Types by Income, 2017

The way Americans live is changing. There are many different family and living combinations - more than ever before. More adults are living alone, with roommates, or with their parents. Families with children are changing: There are more non-married cohabiting parents, same-sex parents, and blended families with remarried parents. The number of senior households is also increasing. Yet all types of households continue to struggle: ALICE and poverty­ level households exist across all of these living arrangements"

Why do so many households struggle?

The cost of living continues to increase... The Household Survival Budget reflects the bare minimum that a household needs to live and work today. It does not include savings for emergencies or future goals like college. Family costs increased by 22 percent statewide from 2010 to 2017. 

.. .and wages lag behind

Employment and wages vary by location and firm size, but across the state, wages are still often less than the cost of the family Household Survival Budget."

Monthly Costs

 

 

Housing

$566

$822

Child Care

$-

$1,457

Food

$199

$604

Transportation

$80

$134

Health Care

$158

$596

Technology

$55

$75

Miscellaneous

$125

$411

Taxes

$187

$426

Monthly Total

$1,370

$4,525

ANNUAL TOTAL

$16,440

$54 ,300

Hourly Wage

$8.22

$27.15


ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA 2017

ALICE HOUSEHOLD SURVIVAL BUDGET

 

$566

$657

$657

$657

$822

$822

 

$

$

$263

$755

$527

$1,457

 

$199

$414

$345

$288

$692

$604

 

$80

$80

$80

$80

$134

$134

 

$158

$316

$316

$316

$641

$596

 

$125

$181

$185

$241

$307

$411

 

$55

$75

$55

$55

$75

$75

 

$187

$270

$136

$257

$184

$426

 

$1,370

$1,993

$2,037

$2,649

$3,382

$4,525

 

$16,440

$23,916

$24,444

$31,788

$40,584

$54,300

 

$8.22

$11.96

$12.22

$15.89

$20.29

$27.15

Note: The budgets reflect different costs based on the age of children in the household; full-day care for infants and preschoolers (4-year -old) and after school care for school-age children. To create budgets for additional family types: For an additional infant, increase the total budget by 20 percent; for an additional 4-year-old , by 19 percent; and for a school-age child, by 8 percent.

Sources:  BLS, 2017—Consumer Expenditure Surveys; Consumer Reports, 2017Best Low-Cost Ce/I-Phone; HUD, 2017 Fair Market Rents; IRS, 2017 SOI Tax Stats; Office of Child Development and Early Learning, 2018; Tax Foundation, 2017, 2018; USDA, 2017 Official USDA Food Plans.

ALICE HOUSEHOLD STABILITY BUDGET

 

$821

$1,028

$1,028

$1,028

$1,053

$1,053

 

$

$

$327

$1,019

$655

$1,892

 

$379

$770

$675

$524

$1,358

$1,174

 

$161

$462

$462

$462

$770

$770

 

$158

$320

$298

$298

$635

$801

 

$163

$271

$290

$344

$460

$582

 

$163

$271

$290

$344

$460

$582

 

$109

$129

$109

$109

$129

$129

 

$420

$628

$541

$669

$1,259

$1,668

 

$2,374

$3,879

$4,020

$4,797

$6,779

$8,651

 

$28,488

$46,548

$48,240

$57,564

$81,348

$103,812

 

$14.24

$23.27

$24.12

$28.78

$40.67

$51.91

Note: The budgets reflect different costs based on the age of children in the household; full-day care for infants and preschoolers (4-year-old) and after school care for school-age children. To create budgets for additional family types: For an additional infant, increase the total budget by 16 percent; for an additional 4-year-old, by 14 percent; and for a school-age child, by 6 percent.

Sources:  BLS, 2017—Consumer Expenditure Surveys; Consumer Reports, 2017Best Low-Cost Ce/I-Phone; HUD, 2017 Fair Market Rents; IRS, 2016 Individual Income; IRS, 2017 SOI Tax Stats; Office of Child Development and Early Learning, 2018; Tax Foundation, 2017, 2018; Telogical Systems, 2016; USDA, 2017 Official USDA Food Plans. Reference: UnitedForALICE.org


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