A lower percentage of people lived in poverty in Cooper than citywide. After peaking in 1989, the neighborhood's percentage dropped in 1999 to its lowest point in 20 years. The neighborhood also had a lower percentage than the city of people 65 years and older living in poverty. The percentage in the neighborhood declined in 1989 but climbed back to its 1979 level 10 years later. In the city the percentage for the same population living in poverty declined in 1989 to 11 percent and remained there in 1999.
A lower percentage of families are living below the poverty level in the neighborhood than in the city. Between 1979 and 1999, the percentage of Cooper families living below the poverty level declined from 5 percent to 3 percent, while it increased citywide from 9 percent to 12 percent. For Cooper and all of Minneapolis, the percentage of people living in poverty reached its highest level in 1989.
A higher percentage of families with children lived in poverty than all families. As with all families living in poverty in the neighborhood, the percentage for families with children peaked in 1989 and then declined a decade later. The percentage for families citywide also peaked in 1989, but stayed above its 1979 level 10 years later.
Last updated Sep 27, 2011