Waite Park has a lower percentage of people living in poverty than Minneapolis. In 1979, 6 percent of neighborhood residents lived under the poverty level, compared to 14 percent in Minneapolis. By 1999, this figure decreased to 3 percent in Waite Park, while it increased to 17 percent in Minneapolis. The percentage of people 65 years and over living below the poverty level in Waite Park also declined, from 7 percent in 1979 to 2 percent in 1999. In Minneapolis the poverty rate for people 65 and older decreased from 13 percent in 1979 to 11 percent in 1999.
The percentage of families living in poverty is much lower in Waite Park than in Minneapolis. The neighborhood's percentage decreased from 4 percent in 1979 to 3 percent in 1999. In 1989, however, only 2 percent of all families in the neighborhood were below the poverty level. The percentage of families with children living in poverty was even lower in 1999 – only 1 percent – declining from a relatively high level of 6 percent in 1979. In comparison, the 1999 percentage of families living in poverty in Minneapolis was 12 percent for all families and 19 percent for families with children.
Last updated Sep 27, 2011