Poverty and Homelessness in Ohio--2010

Top 11 Counties by population in Ohio sorted by percentage of people living in poverty

County

Major City

Number living in

Poverty

Percentage of total population living in poverty

Estimated of Number of Homeless people

Percent of families living in poverty

Percentage  of those 65 yrs. old and older living in poverty

Lucas

Toledo

84,197

19.4 %

8,420

25.1 %

8.7 %

Mahoning

Youngstown

37,106

16.0 %

3,711

21.1 %

9.4 %

Cuyahoga

Cleveland

223,790

17.9 %

22,379

24.2 %

9.8 %

Franklin

Columbus

212,815

18.6 %

21,282

20.9 %

8.2 %

Montgomery

Dayton

93,013

17.8 %

9,301

19.5 %

10.4 %

Hamilton

Cincinnati

143,791

18.4 %

14,380

22.5 %

7.6 %

Summit

Akron

81,629

15.3 %

7,959

18.3 %

8.9 %

Butler

Hamilton

13,865

22.8 %

1,387

27.5 %

13.5 %

Lorain

Lorain/Elyria

8,935

16.8 %

894

21.0 %

9.3 %

Stark

Canton

21,339

30.4 %

2,134

37.8 %

12.5 %

Lake

Painesville

4,,932

26.4 %

493

33.1 %

9.2 %

Other Counties in Northeast Ohio sorted by percentage of people living in poverty

Ashtabula

Jefferson/Ashtabula

12,767

18.9 %

1,277

26.1 %

5.8 %

Columbiana

Lisbon

375

13.0 %

34

18.2 %

16.0 %

Trumbull

Warren

12,774

32.3 %

1,277

39.2 %

15.0 %

Portage

Ravenna

2,217

19.2 %

222

24.4 %

7.2 %

Erie

Sandusky

7,049

27.7 %

705

30.5 %

12.3 %

Geauga

Chardon

323

6.1 %

26

15.3 %

7.8 %

Medina

Medina

13,085

7.7 %

1,047

8.3 %

5.0 %

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OHIO

State total

1.5 million

15.8%

156,325

13.2%

7.7%

 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development released a report assessing the number of homelessness people in the United States in February 2007.  The researchers when pressed said that many studies have found that somewhere between 9-10% of a County’s population living in poverty become homeless in a year.  We used the figure from U.S. Census, the most recent figures available, the 90% confidence interval or the figure that the Census has the most confidence.  Then we applied the 9-10% figure that researchers had determined.  The higher the poverty rate the larger number we used. So Counties with 16% or more we used the 10% figure then 9.75% then 9.5% and on down to 8% for the richer counties.   While we did not count every homeless person, we feel that these are good numbers for planning and assessment.  It also should be understood that in Counties that have not recovered from the last recession including Cuyahoga County homelessness has only grown over the last two years. We are using the broader Department of Education definition for homelessness.