Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 83,013
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 1,207,000
EITC recipients: 2,100,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 62,700
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 201,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 84,495
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 2,425,220
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 489,383
Participants in all Head Start programs: 46,988
Assets
Asset poverty rate: 27.3%
Average college graduate debt: $24,947
Unbanked households: 6.2%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 23.5%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 1,280,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 36%
Senior poverty rate: 11%
Women in poverty: 17.00%
Family
Children in foster care: 18,016
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 359,892
Percent of children in immigrant families: 32%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 40%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 23
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.7%
Food insecurity: 14.1%
Minimum Wage: $8.05
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 768,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 15%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 33.5%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 37.8%
Poverty rate: 15.7%
Unemployment rate: 5.7%
Education
High school graduation rate: 76%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 85.5%
Percent of college students with debt: 54%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 27.3%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Housing
Home foreclosure rate: 4.24%
Homeless people: 41,542
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 674,185
Percent renters: 34%
Total households: 7,217,508
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 3,744
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 153,600

State governments play a significant role in developing policies that help support low-income families. Below is a list of some key Florida policies and a link to an organization that tracks the issue.

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports