Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 19,617
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 154,000
EITC recipients: 216,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 8,800
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 79,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 90,661
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 334,841
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 47,830
Participants in all Head Start programs: 6,140
Assets
Asset poverty rate: 24.6%
Average college graduate debt: $32,326
Unbanked households: 6.2%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 12.6%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 146,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 26%
Senior poverty rate: 7.1%
Women in poverty: 10.6%
Family
Children in foster care: 4,119
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 13,372
Percent of children in immigrant families: 26%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 33%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 9
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.0%
Food insecurity: 11.6%
Minimum Wage: $10.10
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 111,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 5.5%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 14.0%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 20.0%
Poverty rate: 9.6%
Unemployment rate: 4.7%
Education
High school graduation rate: 87%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 88.6%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 58%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 38.6%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 5%
Housing
Home foreclosure rate: 2.08%
Homeless people: 3,388
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 125,000
Percent renters: 34%
Total households: 1,356,762
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 326
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 141

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