In Marion County, 20.6% of residents and 30.6% of children live below the federal poverty line. These numbers are higher than the national average, where 13.5% of United States residents and 20.4% of children live below the federal poverty line. (Sources: The Polis Center at IUPUI and U.S. Census Bureau)

According to SAVI research through The Polis Center at IUPUI, 1 in 4 Indianapolis residents live in low-income neighborhoods or concentrated poverty. A family of four living in poverty is surviving on an income below $25,500. Yet according to the Indiana Institute for Working Families, a four-person family with two school children in Marion County needs $50,800 to be self-sufficient. A single parent with two children living in poverty has an annual income below $20,200, less than half the amount needed to be self-sufficient.