Participation in federal programs
Adults and Children receiving welfare (TANF): 8,580
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 35,000
EITC recipients: 46,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 2,300
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 9,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 8,385
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 93,834
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 18,188
Participants in all Head Start programs: 3,351
Assets
Asset poverty rate: N/A
Average college graduate debt: $26,065
Unbanked households: 3.5%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 13.8%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 25%
Senior poverty rate: 7.4%
Women in poverty: 11.2%
Family
Children in foster care: 2,820
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 4,179
Percent of children in immigrant families: 12%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 33%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 26
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.0%
Food insecurity: 13.4%
Minimum Wage: $9.84
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: N/A
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 13.7%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 6.5%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 22.0%
Poverty rate: 11.0%
Unemployment rate: 7.2%
Education
High school graduation rate: 75.6%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 91.6%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 46%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 29.6%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 11%
Housing
Home foreclosure rate: 0.61%
Homeless people: 1,845
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 21,000
Percent renters: 36%
Total households: 250,741
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 374
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 207

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports