Overall Poverty

More People Living in Poverty

In addition to impacting an individual’s health and educational attainment, poverty also affects their burden upon and contribution to the community. The poverty rate is an important tool to determine eligibility for health and human services and programs, including health insurance and supplemental food programs, which can lessen the negative impacts of poverty. Tracking poverty can also assist with targeting interventions. This indicator tracks the percentage of the population in San Bernardino County living in poverty by select demographics including age, gender, employment and veteran status.

How is San Bernardino County Doing?

Overall, poverty has grown:
  • The percentage of the population living in poverty has increased six percentage points, from 13.7% in 2007 to 19.7% in 2013.
  • San Bernardino County’s rate of poverty is higher than state and national averages and is the highest among counties compared, except for Miami-Dade (20.9%).
Poverty is increasing across all age groups:
  • In 2013, 27.2% of children in San Bernardino County under age 18 were living in poverty, up from 18.8% in 2007.
  • The percentage of adults living in poverty also grew during this same period, from 11.8% in 2007 to 17.5% in 2013.
  • Poverty among seniors ages 65 and older also increased, but at a slower pace, rising from 9.1% in 2007 to 11.6% in 2013.
Women are more likely to live in poverty than men:
  • In 2013, 21.3% of females in San Bernardino County were living in poverty.
  • This is more than three percentage points higher than the proportion of the male population living in poverty (18.0%).
There is also a growing population of working poor:
  • In 2013, 8.6% of the civilian labor force ages 16 and older who were employed were living in poverty. This is up 46% from 2007 when 5.9% of the employed population in the labor force was living in poverty.
  • The poverty rate for the unemployed population in the labor force also increased, rising from 22.2% in 2007 to 30.5% in 2013.
Veterans have a lower rate of poverty:
  • In 2013, 9.2% of veterans were living in poverty.
  • This is significantly lower than the general population, and may be aided by federal supports received (see Income Support).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 3-Year Estimates (factfinder2.census.gov)

2013 Income Thresholds for Poverty Determination
For an individual, the annual income to be considered in poverty is less than $11,888. For two people with no children, the poverty threshold is an annual income of $15,142.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 3-Year Estimates (factfinder2.census.gov)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 3-Year Estimates (factfinder2.census.gov)