Dr. Elena Delavega of the School of Social Work at the University of Memphis recently published the updated Memphis Poverty Fact Sheet for 2018. The report uses data from the 2017 American Community Survey and identifies who are Memphis’ poor, compares poverty rates at the local, state, and national levels and illustrates recent trends in poverty rates.
One of key findings is that Memphis dropped to second place in both overall poverty, 17.1 percent, and child poverty, 27.1 percent, among Metropolitan Statistical Areas with populations greater than 1,000,000. New Orleans now tops the list in overall poverty at 18.6 percent. The overall poverty rate for the City of Memphis is 24.6 percent, Shelby County is 18.8 percent, for Tennessee is 15.0 percent, and for the Nation 13.4 percent. Poverty rates are higher for African Americans and Hispanics than whites at both the national and local levels. Age groups under 18 years of ages also have the highest rates of poverty.
The complete report can be found at the following link. Memphis Poverty Fact Sheet, 2018
Previous Poverty Fact Sheets can be found at Previous Poverty Fact Sheets.