Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 26,208
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 138,000
EITC recipients: 219,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 6,100
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 81,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 100,416
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 303,564
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 53,381
Participants in all Head Start programs: 7,837
Asset poverty rate: 30.2%
Average college graduate debt: $29,750
Unbanked households: 5.6%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 14.4%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 157,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 29%
Senior poverty rate: 7%
Women in poverty: 9.0%
Children in foster care: 4,245
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 40,384
Percent of children in immigrant families: 24%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 34%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 12
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 5.0%
Food insecurity: 13.4%
Minimum Wage: $9.60
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 122,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 7%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 15.3%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 20.3%
Poverty rate: 10.5%
Unemployment rate: 5.9%
High school graduation rate: 86%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 88.6%
Percent of college students with debt: 62%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 38.0%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 5%
Home foreclosure rate: 3.06%
Homeless people: 4,450
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 109,734
Percent renters: 33%
Total households: 1,356,206
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 252
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 16,600

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports