Participation in federal programs
Adults and Children receiving welfare (TANF): 8,589
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 39,000
EITC recipients: 45,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 2,400
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 8,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 16,659
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 74,962
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 20,045
Participants in all Head Start programs: 3,831
Asset poverty rate: N/A
Average college graduate debt: $26,742
Unbanked households: 1.9%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 15.3%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 26%
Senior poverty rate: 9%
Women in poverty: 12.0%
Children in foster care: 1,982
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 14,616
Percent of children in immigrant families: 12%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 31%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 28
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 4.2%
Food insecurity: 11.8%
Minimum Wage: $9.75
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: 14%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 10.9%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 20.7%
Poverty rate: 37%
Unemployment rate: 6.6%
High school graduation rate: 72%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 91.0%
Percent of college students with debt: 50%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 28.0%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 11%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.71%
Homeless people: 1,784
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 14,295
Percent renters: 10.3%
Total households: 1,132,488
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 222
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 5,300

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