Participation in federal programs
Adults and Children receiving welfare (TANF): 23,939
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 498,000
EITC recipients: 566,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 14,400
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 34,908
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): N/A
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: N/A
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 163,998
Participants in all Head Start programs: 20,369
Asset poverty rate: 29.5%
Average college graduate debt: $22,971
Unbanked households: 8.5%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 24.4%
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 456,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 36%
Senior poverty rate: 9.0%
Women in poverty: 17.2%
Children in foster care: 17,738
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 118,493
Percent of children in immigrant families: 28%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 37%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 26
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 11.0%
Food insecurity: 15.8%
Minimum Wage: $10.00
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment 250,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 10.0%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 27.8%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 38.6%
Poverty rate: 16.4%
Unemployment rate: 5.2%
High school graduation rate: 75.7%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 85.6%
Percent of college students with debt: 56%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 27.7%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.54%
Homeless people: 9,707
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 228,000
Percent renters: 37%
Total households: 2,519,052
Justice system
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 936
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 54,922

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports