BTC BRIEF: Poverty in North Carolina dramatically increases
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.