Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 20,512
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 215,000
EITC recipients: 302,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 5,300
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 43,503
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 87,496
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 431,726
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 80,555
Participants in all Head Start programs: 11,990
Asset poverty rate: 28.3%
Average college graduate debt: $26,173
Unbanked households: 9.7%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 26.8%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 157,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 41%
Senior poverty rate: 10.5%
Women in poverty: 18.6%
Children in foster care: 4,548
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 49,753
Percent of children in immigrant families: 12%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 39%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 38
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 11.0%
Food insecurity: 18.4%
Minimum Wage: $8.50
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 73,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 7.9%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 37.4%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 41.1%
Poverty rate: 17.2%
Unemployment rate: 3.9%
High school graduation rate: 86.9%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 82.9%
Percent of college students with debt: 57%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 21.8%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.11%
Homeless people: 2,463
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 95,000
Percent renters: 34%
Total households: 1,142,718
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 836
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 26,266

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