Special Report

Here Is the Poverty Rate for Every Quantifiable Group in the United States

Age and Sex

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Men
> Total group size: 158.7 million people
> Group members living below the poverty line: 16.8 million people
> Group poverty rate: 10.6%

Of the 158.7 million men in the United States, 16.8 million live below the poverty line, or 10.6% — below the 11.8% poverty rate across all groups. For a number of reasons, men are more likely than women to be in the workforce, and less likely to face discrimination related to salary or hiring.

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Women
> Total group size: 165.1 million people
> Group members living below the poverty line: 21.4 million people
> Group poverty rate: 12.9%

Women in the United States earn, on average, about 85 cents for every dollar men earn. Women are also far more likely than men to live below the poverty line. Of the 165.1 million women nationwide, 12.9% live below the poverty line, compared to 10.6% of the 158.7 million U.S. men.

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Under age 18
> Total group size: 73.3 million people
> Group members living below the poverty line: 11.9 million people
> Group poverty rate: 16.2%

American children are far more likely to live below the poverty line than adults. Younger children are at an even greater risk of living in poverty, as are children of minority families.

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Age 25 and over
> Total group size: 221.5 million people
> Group members living below the poverty line: 21.9 million people
> Group poverty rate: 9.9%

About one in every 10 Americans age 25 or older live below the poverty line. The age range covers broad demographic groups, including those of prime working age as well as those who have retired.

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Age 65 and over
> Total group size: 52.8 million people
> Group members living below the poverty line: 5.1 million people
> Group poverty rate: 9.7%

After age 65, many working Americans start transitioning into retirement. Those who have not saved enough or are not enrolled in a pension fund are at particularly high risk, and may need to continue working into their old age to stay out of poverty. As senior citizens continue to age, the risk of poverty increases, as 11.3% of Americans 75 and older live in poverty compared to 9.7% of those 65 and over.