Participation in federal programs
Adults and Children receiving welfare (TANF): 8,515
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 39,519
EITC recipients: 45,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 2,100
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 9,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 7,375
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 96,953
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 17,092
Participants in all Head Start programs: 3,363
Asset poverty rate: N/A
Average college graduate debt: $22,155
Unbanked households: 2.60%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 14.00%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: n/a
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 23%
Senior poverty rate: 7.40%
Women in poverty: 11.10%
Children in foster care: 2,766
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 16,792
Percent of children in immigrant families: 14%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 29%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 22%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.00%
Food insecurity: 13.60%
Minimum Wage: $10.19
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: N/A
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment n/a
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 12.60%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 5.60%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 22.00%
Poverty rate: 11.00%
Unemployment rate: 6.50%
High school graduation rate: 78.20%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 92.50%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 38%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 30.20%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 10%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.68%
Homeless people: 1,940
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 18,600
Percent renters: 36%
Total households: 256,199
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 258
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