Census: Over 700,000 Alabamians, 1 in 5 children live below poverty line

Alabama News

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

October 02 2021 06:00 pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Approximately 15.5% of Alabama’s population lives below the poverty line, according to U.S. Census data released Thursday.

In Alabama, approximately 21.4% of the population under 18 falls beneath that line, meaning about one in five children in the state live below the poverty level.

Approximately 23.5% of the Black population sits below the poverty line, while 11.8% of Alabama’s white population falls below it.

According to the report, 29.2% of Alabamians who did not complete high school fall under the poverty line, a statistic that could cause a stir as discussions of rising minimum wage continue amid labor shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, 13.9% of Alabama’s men fall below the poverty line, but 16.9% of women living in the state fall below the line, a discrepancy perhaps caused by a continued wage gap between the two genders.

To look at more Census data according to poverty levels, click here.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

TRENDING STORIES