Hiawatha has a historically lower percentage of people living in poverty than the City of Minneapolis has. In 1979 5 percent of the residents in the neighborhood lived in poverty, compared to 14 percent citywide. While the percentage in the neighborhood did not change in 1989, it reached a high point of 19 percent in the city that year. In 1999 the percentage of people living in poverty declined to 4 percent in the neighborhood, while the city was at a relatively high 17 percent.

The percentage of people age 65 and older living in poverty was also lower in the neighborhood than in the city. In Hiawatha the percentage of its senior population living in poverty declined from 9 percent in 1979 to 5 percent in 1999. In comparison, the citywide percentage fell from 13 percent to 11 percent.

In 1979, 12 percent of Hiawatha families lived below the poverty level compared to 9 percent of Minneapolis families. The neighborhood's percentage steadily declined and fell below the citywide percentage in 1989 and 1999. The percentage of Hiawatha families living in poverty with children was consistently lower than the citywide percentage. In 1979, 4 percent of families with children were below the poverty level in Hiawatha. The percentage climbed to 11 percent in 1989 and fell to 3 percent a decade later. In 1979, 16 percent of families with children citywide were living in poverty. The percentage rose to 24 percent in 1989 and fell to 19 percent in 1999.

Last updated Sep 27, 2011