Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 7,149
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 200,000
EITC recipients: 287,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 4,800
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 52,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 63,797
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 430,502
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 76,519
Participants in all Head Start programs: 9,983
Asset poverty rate: 28.3%
Average college graduate debt: $26,181
Unbanked households: 9.7%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 23.5%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 151,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 38%
Senior poverty rate: 10.2%
Women in poverty: 17.6%
Children in foster care: 4,880
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 23,319
Percent of children in immigrant families: 12%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 38%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 35
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 10.0%
Food insecurity: 17.2%
Minimum Wage: $8.50
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 83,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 7.9%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 35.0%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 40.4%
Poverty rate: 16.4%
Unemployment rate: 3.6%
High school graduation rate: 84.6%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 82.0%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 55%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 22.4%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 10%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.97%
Homeless people: 2,467
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 94,000
Percent renters: 34%
Total households: 1,153,082
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 599
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 555

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports