Poverty rate by ethnicity

22nd Mar 2017

Poverty is up to twice as likely amongst some ethnic minority groups as it is for White people

Source: Households Below Average Income (HBAI), Department for Work and Pensions, UK, 2017

There are significant differences in the proportion of people in poverty by ethnic group. The poverty rate has been consistently lowest among White people. In 2015/16, the poverty rate was 19%. The ethnic group with the highest risk of being in poverty is Bangladeshi. For the last 5 years over half of Bangladeshi people in the UK are in poverty.

Poverty is measured as the proportion of people living in households with an after housing costs income below 60 per cent of the contemporary median household income.