Participation in federal programs
Adults and Children receiving welfare (TANF): 23,939
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 498,000
EITC recipients: 567,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 14,400
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 45,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 7,492
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: N/A
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 176,140
Participants in all Head Start programs: 20,369
Asset poverty rate: 32.0%
Average college graduate debt: $22,609
Unbanked households: 12.8%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 25.2%
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: 16%
Women in poverty: 20.0%
Children in foster care: 14,399
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 145,802
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: 30
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 8.2%
Food insecurity: 15.6%
Minimum Wage: $8.05
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment 250,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 12%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 25.2%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 38.6%
Poverty rate: 37%
Unemployment rate: 6.4%
High school graduation rate: 75%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 85.6%
Percent of college students with debt: 57%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 27.6%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.79%
Homeless people: 10,495
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 200,866
Percent renters: 17.4%
Total households: 2,387,246
Justice system
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 936
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 54,800

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