Number and percent of people in poverty
A person's poverty status depends on that individual's family. For example, everyone in a family of four, with two children
under 18, would be counted as below the poverty line if the household income was less than $21,970 a year.
Percent below poverty line Number of individuals below poverty line
  2007 2008 2009 2010 2007 2008 2009 2010 % chg 2007-10 % chg 2009-10
United States 13.0% 13.2% 14.3% 15.3% 38,052,247 39,108,422 42,868,163 46,215,956 21.5% 7.8%
Ohio 13.1% 13.4% 15.2% 15.8% 1,464,133 1,492,154 1,709,971 1,779,032 21.5% 4.0%
Percent below poverty line Number of individuals below poverty line
Counties 2007 2008 2009 2010 2007 2008 2009 2010 % chg 2007-10 % chg 2009-10
Allen 14.5% 14.9% 20.4% 19.3% 14,715 14,903 20,420 19,717 34.0% -3.4%
Ashtabula 16.2% 15.7% 17.9% 14.9% 15,714 15,245 17,469 14,613 -7.0% -16.3%
Belmont 14.0% 15.4% 17.0% 14.5% 9,003 9,653 10,354 9,625 6.9% -7.0%
Butler 12.4% 12.4% 13.5% 13.6% 42,723 42,850 47,196 48,410 13.3% 2.6%
Clark 16.5% 13.3% 16.2% 20.6% 22,524 18,120 22,163 27,945 24.1% 26.1%
Clermont 9.1% 8.5% 10.6% 8.9% 17,322 16,348 20,613 17,453 0.8% -15.3%
Columbiana 15.4% 13.6% 16.5% 18.2% 16,153 14,244 17,121 18,614 15.2% 8.7%
Cuyahoga 15.5% 15.6% 18.6% 17.9% 196,264 196,471 231,986 223,790 14.0% -3.5%
Delaware 4.5% 5.5% 4.7% 6.2% 7,160 8,942 7,875 10,540 47.2% 33.8%
Erie 11.4% 13.1% 16.6% 15.7% 8,579 9,969 12,332 11,953 39.3% -3.1%
Fairfield 9.6% 8.9% 13.1% 11.6% 13,266 12,436 18,414 16,629 25.4% -9.7%
Franklin 16.3% 15.0% 18.2% 18.6% 178,458 166,561 205,717 212,815 19.3% 3.5%
Geauga 4.7% 9.0% 9.1% 7.7% 4,437 8,466 8,816 7,068 59.3% -19.8%
Greene 8.8% 11.4% 12.9% 14.4% 12,500 17,077 19,626 21,674 73.4% 10.4%
Hamilton 12.8% 13.4% 15.0% 18.4% 105,554 111,347 124,821 143,791 36.2% 15.2%
Hancock 8.7% 10.0% 10.9% 12.4% 6,114 7,266 8,016 8,998 47.2% 12.3%
Jefferson 16.8% 18.1% 17.7% 18.9% 11,194 12,045 11,373 12,767 14.1% 12.3%
Lake 6.5% 8.8% 7.7% 9.5% 14,881 20,487 18,058 21,511 44.6% 19.1%
Licking 11.8% 10.4% 11.9% 12.4% 17,982 15,879 18,361 20,259 12.7% 10.3%
Lorain 11.1% 12.5% 14.8% 14.2% 32,428 36,740 43,482 41,368 27.6% -4.9%
Lucas 16.7% 18.7% 18.4% 19.4% 72,315 80,545 83,674 84,197 16.4% 0.6%
Mahoning 16.6% 16.7% 18.3% 16.0% 38,828 38,707 42,097 37,106 -4.4% -11.9%
Marion 15.7% 19.4% 17.6% 20.4% 9,589 11,829 10,673 12,692 32.4% 18.9%
Medina 7.3% 5.3% 6.3% 7.7% 12,281 9,062 10,897 13,085 6.5% 20.1%
Miami 9.5% 6.0% 13.2% 12.5% 9,504 5,939 12,966 12,808 34.8% -1.2%
Montgomery 14.8% 15.1% 16.0% 17.8% 77,074 77,588 82,615 93,013 20.7% 12.6%
Muskingum 16.2% 17.1% 16.0% 17.1% 13,660 14,065 13,168 14,440 5.7% 9.7%
Portage 10.7% 12.0% 14.8% 16.0% 15,831 17,582 22,279 24,749 56.3% 11.1%
Richland 10.4% 14.8% 14.1% 12.9% 12,322 17,539 16,582 15,151 23.0% -8.6%
Ross 12.4% 16.0% 18.6% 19.6% 8,500 11,203 12,848 14,003 64.7% 9.0%
Scioto 19.6% 17.9% 22.4% 20.7% 14,203 13,125 16,640 15,638 10.1% -6.0%
Stark 10.7% 12.3% 14.9% 14.3% 39,236 45,399 54,866 52,422 33.6% -4.5%
Summit 14.1% 12.2% 14.7% 15.3% 75,388 65,154 78,449 81,629 8.3% 4.1%
Trumbull 15.1% 16.3% 16.1% 18.4% 31,564 33,792 33,142 38,066 20.6% 14.9%
Tuscarawas 12.5% 10.8% 14.7% 14.9% 11,325 9,637 13,254 13,506 19.3% 1.9%
Warren 5.2% 7.9% 5.7% 5.1% 10,256 15,771 11,582 10,525 2.6% -9.1%
Wayne 7.8% 11.4% 10.2% 11.8% 8,607 12,778 11,290 13,214 53.5% 17.0%
Wood 11.5% 10.3% 14.7% 14.1% 13,472 11,745 17,213 16,339 21.3% -5.1%
Percent below poverty line Number of individuals below poverty line
Cities 2007 2008 2009 2010 2007 2008 2009 2010 % chg 2007-10 % chg 2009-10
Akron 23.6% 22.5% 24.6% 29.4% 45,078 44,590 50,019 57,312 27.1% 14.6%
Canton 21.1% 27.3% 30.5% 30.4% 15,553 18,101 23,446 21,339 37.2% -9.0%
Cincinnati 23.5% 25.1% 25.7% 30.6% 66,425 70,491 81,919 86,312 29.9% 5.4%
Cleveland 29.5% 30.5% 35.0% 34.0% 113,815 121,397 146,122 131,624 15.6% -9.9%
Columbus 21.0% 20.1% 22.6% 22.6% 150,323 145,959 170,889 175,157 16.5% 2.5%
Dayton 30.2% 29.2% 30.9% 34.5% 41,605 38,936 44,599 45,794 10.1% 2.7%
Toledo 22.6% 24.7% 23.8% 25.8% 62,322 68,210 73,755 72,525 16.4% -1.7%
Youngstown 32.6% 33.5% 35.7% 31.8% 19,751 21,825 24,363 19,594 -0.8% -19.6%
Source: Census Bureau's American Community Survey for 2007 through 2010