Poverty

A lower percentage of people live in poverty in Minnehaha than in the city as a whole. In 1999 only 4 percent of all people in Minnehaha lived in poverty compared to 17 percent citywide. The neighborhood's percentage that year was slightly lower than the 5 percent recorded in 1979. The percentage of people over the age of 65 living in poverty dropped from 8 percent in 1979 to 2 percent in 1989, but then it increased to 4 percent in 1999. The proportion of seniors living in poverty was much higher in Minneapolis than in Minnehaha.

Only 4 percent of Minnehaha families lived below the poverty level in 1979, and then the percentage increased to 6 percent in 1989. In 1999, it dropped to 2 percent, even lower than its 1979 percentage. For all three periods, the neighborhood's percentage was well below the Minneapolis figure. Minnehaha's percentage of families with children living below the poverty level went from 4 percent in 1979 up to 8 percent in 1989 and then down to 3 percent in 1999. That was 16 percent lower than Minneapolis' 1999 rate.

Last updated Sep 27, 2011