BTC BRIEF: Poverty in North Carolina dramatically increases

KEY FINDINGS:

  • North Carolina’s poverty rate jumped from 14.3 percent in 2007 to 16.3 percent in 2009. Nearly 1.5 million North Carolinians were officially in poverty in 2009, and more than half a million were living in deep poverty.
  • North Carolina has the 14th highest overall poverty rate in the country, the 13the highest child poverty rate and the 12th lowest median household income.
  • Urban counties experienced higher rates of poverty (17.6 percent) than rural counties (14.4 percent) overall.
  • The poverty rate for children in North Carolina climbed to 22.2 percent from 19.2 percent in 2007.
  • People of color were also more likely to experience poverty in 2009. 1 in 4 African- Americans in the state were living in poverty while 1 in 3 Latinos lived in poverty.
  • Female and male poverty have both more than doubled since 2007 but North Carolina females are still experiencing higher poverty than men. 1 in 5.6 females (17.7%) are in poverty in 2009 and 1 in 8 males (12.4%) are in poverty in 2009.
  • Median household income fell by 5.6 percent to $43, 674 from 2007 to 2009.
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