Poverty rates by metro/nonmetro residence, 1959-2012

Percent poor

Line graph with 3 lines and 54 points per line.

Year Nonmetro Metro Gap
1959 33.2 15.3 17.9
1960 31.7 14.7 17.0
1961 no data no data no data
1962 no data no data no data
1963 no data no data no data
1964 no data no data no data
1965 24.0 11.8 12.2
1966 22.5 11.2 11.3
1967 21.0 10.7 10.3
1968 19.4 10.1 9.4
1969 17.9 9.5 8.4
1970 17.6 10.0 7.6
1971 17.2 10.4 6.8
1972 15.3 10.3 5.0
1973 14.0 9.7 4.3
1974 14.4 10.2 4.2
1975 15.4 10.8 4.6
1976 14.0 10.7 3.3
1977 13.9 10.4 3.5
1978 13.5 10.4 3.1
1979 13.7 10.7 3.0
1980 15.4 11.9 3.5
1981 17.0 12.6 4.4
1982 17.8 13.7 4.1
1983 18.3 13.8 4.5
1984 no data no data no data
1985 18.3 12.7 5.6
1986 18.1 12.3 5.8
1987 16.9 12.5 4.4
1988 16.0 12.2 3.8
1989 15.7 12.0 3.7
1990 16.3 12.7 3.6
1991 16.1 13.7 2.4
1992 16.9 14.2 2.7
1993 17.2 14.6 2.7
1994 no data no data no data
1995 15.6 13.4 2.2
1996 15.9 13.2 2.7
1997 15.9 12.6 3.3
1998 14.4 12.3 2.1
1999 14.2 11.2 3.0
2000 13.4 10.8 2.7
2001 14.2 11.1 3.1
2002 14.2 11.6 2.6
2003 14.2 12.1 2.1
2004 no data no data no data
2005 14.5 12.2 2.3
2006 15.2 11.8 3.4
2007 15.4 11.9 3.5
2008 15.1 12.9 2.2
2009 16.6 13.9 2.7
2010 16.5 14.9 1.6
2011 17.0 14.6 2.4
2012 17.7 14.5 3.2

 

Note: Metro status of some counties changed in 1984, 1994, and 2004. Metro and nonmetro rates are imputed for 1960-66, 1984, 1994, and 2004. Source: USDA, Economic Research Service using data from U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey (March Supplements and 2013 Annual Social and Economic Supplements).