Poverty in Austin

The Fight Against Poverty

Austin often tops the lists of best cities to live. A great place to raise a family, a healthy local economy, a city poised for future job growth – these are just some of the honors given to our metro area. And we agree… we love it too!

But not everyone in our community is sharing in the promise of Austin. Yet.

1 in 10
households in the Austin area is considered low-income.

2 in 5
children under six in Travis County live in households with low income.

4 in 5
single-parent families with low income are working hard, either full or part time, and are still unable to meet their basic needs.

of children from families with low income in our community are not school-ready when they enter Kindergarten.

1 in 11
adults in Austin report poor physical health.

Why We Fight Poverty

Because when one of us suffers, we all suffer. And when everyone reaches their full potential, our entire community benefits and thrives.

United Way for Greater Austin focuses on initiatives that are designed to jump-start and maintain sustainable solutions for families with low or moderate income and drive collective change by aligning public and private support. We invest in programs and initiatives that provide families with the skills and resources they need to take an active role in their own success.

Economic Benefits of Fighting Poverty

Unemployment Rates


Educational and health outcomes

Crime Rates