Asset poverty rate: 20.3%
Average college graduate debt: $31,174
Unbanked households: 8.7%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 10%
Food insecurity: 16.1%
Minimum wage: $7.25
Number of Black or African American children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 141,000
Number of Hispanic or Latino children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 33,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 9.7%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 32.9%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 35.6%
Poverty rate: 15.5%
Unemployment rate: 3.2%
High school graduation rate: 90%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 84.9%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 47%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 25.5%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 7%
Children in foster care: 5,783
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18: 123,290
Percent of children in immigrant families: 8%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 40%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 26%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.91%
People experiencing homelessness: 3,351
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 152,600
Percent renters: 31%
Total housing units: 2,288,330
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents: 419
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 798
Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 16,175
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 347,000
EITC recipients: 471,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 17,700
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 95,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 78,584
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 717,102
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 116,056
Participants in all Head Start programs: 14,285
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 21%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Black or African American children below 200% poverty: 201,000
Number of Hispanic or Latino children below 200% poverty: N/A
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 38%
Senior poverty rate: 10.5%
Women in poverty: 16.9%

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports