N.C. Poverty Statistics

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Census Bureau measures of poverty continue to deliver moderately good news. Poverty rates are recovering, slowly, from the recession. Poverty on both the state and national level has dropped slightly; however, it remains elevated compared to the years before the recession. Median household income increased slightly after years of stagnation, but like poverty, has yet to achieve pre-recession levels.

Poverty rate, 1979-2015

Poverty rate in US and NC, 1979-2015
Source: ACS 1-Year Estimates and decennial census
Median household income, 1979-2015
Median household income in the US and NC, 1979-2015
Source: ACS 1-Year Estimates and decennial census

The poverty and income varies widely by who you are. Children and women experience poverty at higher rates. The poverty rate for African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanic residents of NC is more than double that for whites. Median income for African American households is 66% of that for white households.

Poverty rate by population

Poverty rate by population, 2015
Source: 2015 ACS 1-Year Estimates
Poverty rate by race/ethnicity
Poverty rate by race, 2015
Source: 2015 ACS 1-Year Estimates
Poverty and income in North Carolina also depends on where you live. Camden County's poverty rate is 7.9%; Robeson County's is 31.6%. Forty of North Carolina's 100 counties has a poverty rate over 20%.

Poverty Rate by County

Source: 2015 ACS 5-Year Estimates
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