Elliot Park has a substantially higher percentage of people living in poverty than Minneapolis does. In 1979, the neighborhood had 41 percent of its residents living under the poverty level, as compared to Minneapolis' 14 percent. By 1999, Elliot Park had reduced that percentage to 38 percent, while Minneapolis' percentage increased to 17 percent. An enormous decline in seniors living in poverty took place in Elliot Park. The percentage of people 65 years of age and over living under the poverty level there went from 41 percent in 1979 to 17 percent in 1999. In Minneapolis the poverty rate for the elderly decreased from 13 percent in 1979 to 11 percent in 1999.

Elliot Park tends to have substantially higher poverty levels than Minneapolis, but the gap has narrowed a bit. Between 1979 and 1999, Minneapolis' poverty rate increased from 9 percent to 12 percent for all families, and from 16 percent to 19 percent for families with children. During that same time, Elliot Park's poverty rate decreased from 38 percent to 33 percent for all families, and from 56 percent to 49 percent for families with children. Between 1979 and 1989, a time when Elliot Park's poverty rate for families with children climbed, the poverty rate for all families in the neighborhood dipped.

Last updated Sep 27, 2011