Overall Poverty

Overall Poverty Declines for Fourth Year in a Row

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 and employment.

Overall Poberty

2018 Income Thresholds for Poverty Determination

For an individual, the annual income to be considered in poverty is less than $12,140. For two people with no children, the poverty threshold is an annual income of $16,460.

Percentage of Population Living in Poverty, by Age

San Bernardino County, 2009-2018
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Percentage of Population Living in Poverty

County Comparison, 2018
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How is San Bernardino County Doing?

Overall poverty rates in San Bernardino County continue to decline:

  • The percentage of the population living in poverty decreased from 16.2% in 2017 to 14.9% in 2018.
  • This is a drop of more than two percentage points over the past 10 years, when 17.0% of the population lived in poverty.
  • 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 (16.0% living in poverty).

Over the past 10 years, poverty rates declined all age groups except seniors:

  • In 2018, 21.4% of children in San Bernardino County were living in poverty, down from 23.8% in 2009.
  • The percentage of adults living in poverty also decreased during this same period, from 14.8% in 2009 to 12.7% in 2018.
  • However, poverty among seniors age 65 and older increased, rising from 9.1% in 2009 to 11.3% in 2018.
  • Women are more likely to live in poverty than men:
  • In 2018, 16.0% of females in San Bernardino County were living in poverty.
  • This is more than two percentage points higher than the proportion of the male population living in poverty (13.7%).

The working poor population has declined somewhat:

  • In 2018, 6.3% of the civilian labor force ages 16 and older who were employed were living in poverty. This is down from 2009 when 7.5% of the employed population in the labor force was living in poverty.
  • The poverty rate for the unemployed population in the labor force decreased slightly, from 26.5% in 2009 to 26.1% in 2018.

Percentage of Civilian Labor Force Ages 16 and Older Living in Poverty

San Bernardino County, 2009-2018
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