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Outcomes measure the growth of the regional economy, the extent to which economic growth is being enjoyed by everyone, and the attractiveness of the region for its current and potential residents.

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Measuring and comparing our poverty rate to our comparison set provides a top-level indicator of our region's household prosperity.

ALICE + Poverty Rate
Poverty Rate
Youth Poverty Rate
Full-Time Worker Poverty Rate


In the 2024 Regional Competitiveness Report, Tampa Bay has a poverty rate of 12.45%, just above the national average of 12.58%. Tampa Bay’s youth poverty rate ranks 17th out of 20 at 16.83%. This means nearly 1 in 5 of residents under age 18 are living in poverty.

Our performance in the full-time worker poverty rate indicator decreased in value and fell in ranking. While we are improving as a region in serving those that fall within poverty guidelines (our most at-risk populations), this trend may reflect the affordability crisis, and demonstrate an increase in obstacles the general working population faces due to increases in the overall cost of living.

Our regional performance for Financial Instability Rate: ALICE + Poverty has gotten worse, although the U.S. average has improved. Tampa Bay fell from 13th place in this indicator to 19th place; 46.10% of our population struggles to make ends meet. 


  • People who live in poverty are struggling to secure basic human needs, and they require higher levels of social support. Increasing levels of poverty may translate into greater community impacts regarding homelessness, crime, illiteracy and health.


  • Reducing poverty increases access to food, health, education and employment opportunities, and also assists with better social mobility.


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