The 2012 American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that 26.7 percent of the Tucson population is living below the poverty line.
Although the figures are higher than 2008’s 20.9 percent, the hike in poverty level percentage has stalled since 2011. Since the previous year, the 2012 figure increased a mere 0.1 percent.
The report showed that 48.6 percent of Tucson residents below the poverty level are unemployed, and 38 percent are children under the age of 18.
The percentage of people in Tucson living in poverty is higher than both the state and national figures, according to the report. The national figure is 15.9 percent, and has not changed since the previous year.
National, state and city figures all showed little movement from the 2011 survey. Since 2008, the poverty level percentage was on a steady incline until 2011. The report indicated that the hike is stalling and has plateaued.
Yoohyun Jung is a University of Arizona journalism student and apprentice at Arizona Public Media