In 1979, a lower percentage of people lived below the poverty level in the neighborhood than in Minneapolis. Shingle Creek had 4 percent of its residents living below the poverty level and Minneapolis had 14 percent. By 1999, the percentage of people living in poverty in Shingle Creek increased sharply to 16 percent, while Minneapolis' percentage increased to 17 percent. The percentage of people 65 years and older living under the poverty level in Shingle Creek also increased. No elderly people lived in poverty in 1979, but 3 percent did in 1999. In Minneapolis the percentage of elderly people living in poverty decreased from 13 percent in 1979 to 11 percent in 1999.
The percentage of families living in poverty increased sharply in the neighborhood in 1999 from 1989's relatively low level. At the same time, the percentage of families living in poverty citywide declined. Between 1979 and 1999, Shingle Creek's percentage of families living in poverty rose from 3 percent to 12 percent, and the poverty rate for families with children rose from 5 percent to 21 percent.
Last updated Sep. 27, 2011