In 1979, the percentage of people living below the poverty level was 2 percent lower in the neighborhood than citywide. However, in 1989 the neighborhood proportion increased and surpassed the city's. In 1999, the proportion declined in the city while increasing in the neighborhood.

With 7 percent living in poverty in McKinley compared to 11 percent in Minneapolis, the neighborhood's senior residents were better off than Minneapolis seniors in 1999. The proportion of the population 65 and older living in poverty in the neighborhood increased between 1979 and 1999 but was still much lower than the city percentage.

The proportion of families in poverty was higher in McKinley than Minneapolis and increasing. From 1979 to 1999, the gap between the neighborhood and the city increased from 2 to 12 percent. In 1999, the neighborhood percentage of families in poverty was double the city's. The proportion of families with children living in poverty was also higher in the neighborhood than in the city. In 1999, the percentage increased in McKinley to 30 percent while decreasing in Minneapolis to 19 percent.

Last updated Sep. 27, 2011