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Population in Poverty
Los Angeles County

Two Older Women on Bench

Image from Aging, Women and Poverty in California published by the California Commission on Aging.

Also see: Poverty and Lower Living Income Level Guidelines.


Latest Year Data: Estimated for 2017

ALL PERSONS Living Below Poverty Level

Population Estimated Population Below Poverty Level;* Estimated Percent Below Poverty Level;* Estimated
Total population for whom poverty status is determined 10,015,695 1,489,045 14.87%

Living Below Poverty Level by AGE

Population Estimated Population Below Poverty Level;* Estimated Percent Below Poverty Level;* Estimated
Under 18 years 2,197,065 456,431 4.56%
Under 5 years 609,932 127,863 20.96%
5 to 17 years 1,587,133 328,568 20.70%
Related children of householder under 18 years 2,187,763 447,761 20.47%
18 to 64 years 6,500,672 858,262 8.57%
18 to 34 years 2,549,251 374,001 14.67%
35 to 64 years 3,951,421 484,261 12.26%
60 years+ 1,887,977 247,658 13.12%
65 years+ 1,317,958 174,352 1.74%

Living Below Poverty Level by SEX

Population Estimated Population Below Poverty Level;* Estimated Percent Below Poverty Level;* Estimated
Male 4,932,694 674,779 6.74%
Female 5,083,001 814,266 8.13%

Living Below Poverty Level by RACE

Population Estimated Population Below Poverty Level;* Estimated Percent Below Poverty Level;* Estimated
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 2,598,232 253,017 2.53%
Black or African American alone 803,209 164,009 1.64%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 72,342 12,759 0.13%
Asian alone 1,478,769 171,819 1.72%
Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander alone 27,440 3,026 0.03%
Some other race alone 2,291,215 411,668 4.11%
Two or more races 368,745 42,203 0.42%
Hispanic or Latino origin (of any race) 4,888,137 869,612 8.68%

Living Below Poverty Level by EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

Population Estimated Population Below Poverty Level;* Estimated Percent Below Poverty Level;* Estimated
Total persons 25 years+ 6,898,956 860,441 12.47%
Less than high school graduate 1,421,078 316,028 4.58%
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 1,428,156 214,715 3.11%
Some college, associate's degree 1,810,914 190,528 2.76%
Bachelor's degree or higher 2,238,808 139,170 2.02%

Living Below Poverty Level by EMPLOYMENT STATUS

Population Estimated Population Below Poverty Level;* Estimated Percent Below Poverty Level;* Estimated
Total civilian labor force 16 years+ 5,264,794 410,391 7.80%
Employed 4,954,901 328,913 6.25%
Unemployed 309,893 81,478 1.55%

* The U.S. Census determines a person's poverty status from the total family income of their household in the last 12 months, compared with the poverty threshold appropriate for their family size and composition. If the total income of their family is less than the threshold appropriate for that family, the person is considered “below the poverty level,” together with every member of his or her family. If a person is not living with anyone related by birth, marriage, or adoption, then their own individual income is compared with the poverty threshold for a single-person household. The total number of people below the poverty level is the sum of people in families and the number of unrelated individuals with incomes in the last 12 months below the poverty threshold. For more information, see How the Census Bureau Measures Poverty.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau