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Poverty in Duluth

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The Reality of Poverty in Duluth

Last updated November 2015

A family of 3 making $20,090 or less is considered to be living in poverty.
According to Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2015

Family Size 1: $11,770
Family Size 2: $15,930
Family Size 3: $20,090
Family Size 4: $24,250

Average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in Duluth is $791.
According to the City of Duluth 2014 Housing Indicator Report

Efficiency: $510
1 Bedroom: $749
2 Bedrooms: $791
3 Bedrooms: $893
4 Bedrooms: $970

At the new MN minimum wage of $9 per hour, an earner would have to work more than 65 hours a week to afford the fair market rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in Duluth without paying more than the 30% of their income for housing.
           
22% (17,773) of Duluth residents are living in poverty.
According to the 2013 American Community Survey

25% (4,025) of children in Duluth live in poverty
10% (1,098) of seniors, as defined as aged 65 and older, live in poverty.
19% (13,867) white Duluthians live in poverty.
61% (1,250) black Duluthians live in poverty.
65% (1,148) American Indian Duluthians live in poverty.
33% (416) Asian Duluthians live in poverty.
19% (60) Duluthians who identified their ethnicity as “other” live in poverty.
46% (1032) Duluthians who identified as multi-racial live in poverty.
26% (299) Latino/Hispanic Duluthians live in poverty.

40% (5,107) of everyone living in poverty between 16 and 64 years old in Duluth in working
According to the 2013 American Community Survey

40% (5,107) of everyone 16 to 64 in poverty worked. The vast majority did not work full time or year round.

Many of Duluth's residents below the poverty level receiving federal aid are working. In Duluth, 87.5 percent of the families receiving SNAP (food stamp) benefits had at least one worker in the family. More than a quarter, 27.5 percent, had at least two workers in the family

70% of households headed by a single female with children under 5 are living below the poverty level.
According to the 2013 American Community Survey

22% of all households with children were at or below the poverty line
50% of all households headed by a single female with children under 18 were at or below the poverty level
70% of all households headed by a single female with only children under 5 were at or below the poverty level

How much do you really know about poverty?

Take this interactive quiz to find out!

How much does it cost to make ends meet in your community? How much does child poverty cost our economy every year? How many people did unemployment insurance keep out of poverty last year? Test your knowledge of these and other questions with Half in Ten's interactive poverty quiz.

With 43.6 million Americans living in poverty and millions more struggling to make ends meet, it is more important than ever to educate the public on the problem of poverty, debunk stereotypes, and make the case for proven policy solutions that can increase economic opportunity for all Americans.

To that end, Half in Ten has developed this fun, interactive quiz designed to raise awareness of the problem, fight false notions, and illustrate policy solutions that work.

We need to do everything we can to educate the public and policymakers and to build the grassroots movement to advance policies that create good jobs, promote economic security, strengthen families, and ultimately, cut poverty in half in ten years.

Test your knowledge and take this quiz today.

Now take our Minnesota-Specific Poverty Quiz

Poverty Quiz is made available by the Blandin Foundation and was updated in June 2009.

Click here for a pop-up of the answers.

1. Women and children make up what percentage of homeless people in St. Louis County?

a. More than 20%
b. More than 30%
c. More than 50%
d. More than 75%

2. As of September 2008, there were about 21,000 unfilled jobs outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area (Greater Minnesota). How many job seekers were competing for those jobs?

a. 16,000
b. 32,000
c. 55,000
d. 74,000

3. A decade earlier, in 1998, there were about 42,000 unfilled jobs outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area (Greater Minnesota). How many job seekers were competing for those jobs in 1998?

a. 27,000
b. 39,000
c. 52,000
d. 74,000

4. What was the January 2009 unemployment rate in Duluth?

a. 6.5
b. 7.6
c. 8.4
d. 9.9

5. What was the January 2009 unemployment rate in the State of Minnesota?

a. 6.5
b. 7.6
c. 8.4
d. 9.9

6. The JOBS NOW Coalition updated its Cost of Living in Minnesota research in 2008. In 2008, for a family of four with both parents working, how much must each parent earn to meet basic needs?

a. $5.55 an hour
b. $8.23 an hour
c. $11.79 an hour
d. $13.44 an hour

7. What hourly income would a working single parent with one child need to meet basic family needs in St. Louis County?

a. $7.50 an hour
b. $12.95 an hour
c. $14.71 an hour
d. $16.64 an hour

8. What is the average hourly wage in the City of Duluth?

a. $7.50 an hour
b. $12.95 an hour
c. $14.71 an hour
d. $16.64 an hour

9. In the Duluth School District, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2007, what percent of families headed by single mothers with children under five years old lived below the poverty level?

a. 24%
b. 49%
c. 61%
d. 80%

10. In the Duluth School District, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2007, what percent of all families with children under five years old lived below the poverty level?

a. 24%
b. 49%
c. 61%
d. 80%

11. According to U.S. Census data for 2000, what percent of the Duluth population was living in poverty?

a. 3.7%
b. 8.1%
c. 13.9%
d. 15.5%

12. According to U.S. Census data for 2000, what percent of the Minnesota population was living in poverty?

a. 3.7%
b. 8.1%
c. 13.9%
d. 15.5%

13. To qualify for free or reduced-price lunch in school, a family must have a household income below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. What percent of students in the Duluth School District qualify for free or reduced-price lunch?

a. 28%
b. 33%
c. 49%
d. 64%

14. In the Duluth School District, what percent of third grade students who were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch were proficient in mathematics on their 2007-2008 MCAII tests?

a. 33.9%
b. 45.3 %
c. 67.1%
d. 88.3%

15. In the Duluth School District, what percent of third grade students who were not eligible for free or reduced-price lunch were proficient in mathematics on their 2007-2008 MCAII tests?

a. 33.9%
b. 45.3%
c. 67.1%
d. 88.3%

16. In the Duluth School District, what percent of 10th grade students who were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch were proficient in reading on their 2007-2008 MCAII tests?

a. 23.8%
b. 47.8%
c. 61.8%
d. 79.8%

17. In the Duluth School District, what percent of 10th grade students who were not eligible for free or reduced-price lunch were proficient in reading on their 2007-2008 MCAII tests?

a. 23.8%
b. 47.8%
c. 61.8%
d. 79.8%

18. What is the change in the number of children living in poverty in St. Louis County from 2003 to 2007?

a. From 3,129 to 3,255
b. From 4,332 to 5,397
c. From 5,241 to 6,988
d. From 6,759 to 7,333

Click here for a pop-up of the answers.

Minnesota's Ladder Out of Poverty

Click on the links below to check out videos on the Ladder out of Poverty. Thanks to Jay Cole for producing the videos and providing these links.

Ladder Out of Poverty supports request to Minnesota Legislature to end poverty by 2020 in Minnesota

Mayor Don Ness on ending poverty by 2020

Resources

Find out more about Community Action agencies in Minnesota:
www.mncaa.org

Find out more about Circles of Support:
www.beyondwelfare.org
www.movethemountain.org
Churches United in Ministry (CHUM) - www.chumduluth.org

Start a business:
Northeast Entrepreneur Fund - www.entrepreneurfund.org
University of Minnesota Duluth Center for Economic Development - www.umdced.com

Buy a house:
www.nhsduluth.org
www.landtrustduluth.org

Save for the future:
www.helpmnsave.org
www.managingmymoney.com

Service referrals:
www.211unitedway.org

Learn more about poverty:
www.povertyusa.org

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