Anti-Poverty

The NCBW RMAC propose to be a driving force in the fight against poverty in the Afro American community. The RMAC specifically target women of color in poverty and the children within the household.

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”
 - Frederick Douglass -

Poverty Rate in Richmond Virginia
The poverty rate in Richmond is 25.2%. One out of every 4 residents of Richmond live in poverty.

How many people in Richmond, Virginia live in poverty?
52,942 of 210,151 Richmond residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the poverty rate in Richmond compare to the rest of Virginia?
The Poverty Rate across the state of Virginia is 11.2%, meaning Richmond has a dramatically higher than average percentage of residents below the poverty line when compared to the rest of Virginia.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Richmond, Virginia Historical Poverty Rate
 YearPoverty Rate YoY
% Change
National
 201025.8% -
 201126.9% 4.0%
 2012
26.3% 2.0%
 201325.7% 2.0%
 201425.0% 2.0%
 201524.6% 1.0%
 201626.8% 8.0%
 201724.4% 9.0%

Richmond, Virginia
Poverty Rate by Race
 Race Population  Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate
 Black102,667   34.0%25.2%
 Asian3,483  25.8%11.9%
 Other2,115  23.4%23.8%
 Two or
 More Races
7,111  31.0%18.4%
 White83,956  13.2%10.3%
 Hispanic13,404  30.0%22.2%

What's the Poverty Rate in Richmond, Virginia by Race?

34.0% of Black residents of Richmond, Virginia lives below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of Black residents in Richmond, Virginia is the same as than the national average.
34,872 of 102,667 black Virginians live below the poverty line. Approximately 46.5% of the total population of Richmond, Virginia is black.

25.8% of Asian residents of Richmond, Virginia lives below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of Asian residents in Richmond, Virginia is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 900 of 3,483 Asian Virginians live below the poverty line. Approximately 1.6% of the total population of Richmond, Virginia is Asian.

13.2% of White residents of Richmond, Virginia lives below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of White residents in Richmond, Virginia is the same as than the national average. 11,083 of 83,956 white Virginians live below the poverty line. Approximately 38.0% of the total population of Richmond, Virginia is white.

30.0% of Hispanic residents of Richmond, Virginia lives below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of Hispanic residents in Richmond, Virginia is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 4,017 of 13,404 Hispanic Virginians live below the poverty line. Approximately 6.1% of the total population of Richmond, Virginia are Hispanic.

Richmond, Virginia Poverty Rate by Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Richmond, Virginia?

Male Female
22.8% 27.4%

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Richmond, Virginia

Female residents of Richmond, Virginia are meaningfully (20%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

22,721 of 99,795 males in Richmond live below the poverty line.

30,221 of 110,356 females in Richmond live below the poverty line.

Richmond, Virginia Poverty Rate by School Enrollment

Student vs non-Student

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

Enrolled in School in Richmond, Virginia has a Poverty Rate of 41.5%.

Not Enrolled in School in Richmond, Virginia has a Poverty Rate of 19.5%.

Young Children

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

Enrolled in Nursery School in Richmond, Virginia has a Poverty Rate of 35.4%.

Enrolled in Elementary School (Grades 1-4) in Richmond, Virginia has a Poverty Rate of 45.9%.

Middle and High School

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

Enrolled in Middle School (Grade 5-8) in Richmond, Virginia has a Poverty Rate of 37.3%.

Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Richmond, Virginia has a Poverty Rate of 36.8%.

College and Beyond

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 Richmond, Virginia has a Poverty Rate of 51.1%.

Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Richmond, Virginia has a Poverty Rate of 26.1%.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Richmond, Virginia Poverty Rate by Age

What's the Poverty Rate by Age in Richmond, Virginia?
 AgePoverty Rate
 Children Under 640.4%
 Children 6 to 11 Years Old42.2%
 Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old38.5%
 Adults 18 to 59 Years Old24.0%
 Adults 60 to 74 Years Old14.2%
 Adults 78 to 84 Years Old13.7%
 Over 85 Years Old16.0%

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

The Poverty Rate for residents of Richmond, Virginia who were born citizens of the United States is 25.3%.

The Poverty Rate for residents of Richmond, Virginia who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 23.9%

Poverty Rate for residents of Richmond, Virginia born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Of the 196,855 residents of Richmond, Virginia who were born citizens of the United States, 49,766 (25.3%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 3,176 (23.9%) of 13,296 residents of Richmond, Virginia who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

The poverty rate in Richmond is 25.2%.

Richmond is in Richmond city.

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