Poverty

Whittier has a substantially higher percentage of people living below the poverty level than Minneapolis does, and poverty levels increased sharply in both jurisdictions between 1979 and 1989. In 1979, 24 percent of Whittier residents lived below the poverty level, compared to Minneapolis' 14 percent. By 1989, the percentage of residents living below poverty level rose to a very high proportion of 32 percent, and by 1999, W hittier had reduced the percentage to 22 percent. In comparison, Minneapolis' percentage decreased from 19 percent to 17 percent in 1989. The percentage of the older population living below poverty level in Minneapolis is low in comparison with the general population. In Whittier the proportion of people 65 and older living below poverty level has tended to decrease since 1989, after a sharp increase between 1979 and 1989.

Whittier has a substantially higher proportion of families (including more families with children) living below the poverty level than all of Minneapolis does. In the twenty years between 1979 and 1999, Minneapolis' poverty rate for families increased from 9 percent to 12 percent and the poverty rate for families with children increased from almost 16 percent to almost 19 percent. In this same time period, Whittier's poverty rate for families increased from 21.5 percent to 25 percent and the poverty rate for families with children barely decreased from 35 percent to 33.6 percent. However, in the ten years between 1989 and 1999, the overall poverty level in both Whittier and the city decreased considerably.

Last updated Sep. 27, 2011