Florida Poverty Overview

Below are recent statistics regarding generational poverty in our community:

  • Florida Population: 20,569,920 | Number in Poverty: 2,889,506 – Talk Poverty
  • In Orlando’s district, the percentage of people who had incomes below the poverty line ($24,860 for a family of four) in 2017 was 13.2%. – Talk Poverty
  • Orange County’s total poverty rate is 15.3%. – 2017 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)
  • In the Orlando area, 15% of children under 18 years old live below the poverty line. – Talkpoverty
  • Poverty disproportionately impacts women, especially those with children. In Orange County, 41% of single female-headed households with children are in poverty. – 2018 Statistic
  • Orlando’s total poverty rate is 19.1%, more than 50,000 people. – 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
  • More than 900,000 households in Florida are “severely cost burdened,” paying more than 50% of their income for housing costs. – Council for Homelessness
  • According to Orange County Public Schools’ figures, nearly 9,700 students experienced homelessness over the past academic year.  The 2018 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count found 2,053 homeless individuals on a single night in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. – Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida
  • Florida has only 32 affordable and available rental units for every 100 households with incomes of 0-30 percent AMI, a deficit of 309,971 units. – Council for Homelessness
  • In Florida, 40% of the homeless sleep outdoors due to over-crowded shelters. – Council for Homelessness
  • Homeless families with minor children living on the streets, in shelters, or in transitional programs represents about 28% of homelessness (as defined by HUD) in Florida. – Council for Homelessness
  • In Central Florida, one in four children is at risk of going to bed hungry tonight. – FeedHopeNow