We're Going Beyond Our Original Missions to transform lives through health & wellness.

Jul 25, 2017

We're Going Beyond Our Original Missions to transform lives through health & wellness.

POVERTY

Since 2005, the Bronx has remained the poorest borough.The poverty rate in the Bronx is the highest in the City at 26.0 percent in 2011. The Bronx has a greater concentration of public housing than any other borough, with public housing accounting for one of every eight apartments.26% of Bronx residents live below the poverty line.

26% of Bronx residents live below the poverty line.

U.S. Census Bureau

In 2012, the unemployment rate in the Bronx averaged 12.7% (compared to a citywide rate of 9.2%). Historically, the unemployment rate in the Bronx has been among the highest of New York State’s 62 counties. Among the five boroughs, the Bronx had the largest share of residents in the labor force who did not have a high school diploma (nearly one-third), and the lowest share of those with a college or advanced degree (17%).

The sequester – the cuts in Federal government spending that began on March 1, 2013 – also threatens programs important to low-income Americans. For many low-income families, the distance between their earnings and the poverty threshold widened. While The Bronx added jobs during the recession, median income plunged by 13.5 percent from a peak in 2007 to $32,058 in 2011 — nearly double the citywide decline rate.

“Progress will rest on the continued efforts by City policymakers to build “on-ramps” to the job market for those groups of New Yorkers that prosperity so often leaves behind.”

The percentage of Bronx residents who received public assistance or food stamps was twice the citywide rate in 2011, and the highest of any county in New York. Nearly half (46%) of all Bronx residents were enrolled in Medicaid.