Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 22,548
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 138,000
EITC recipients: 221,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 6,100
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 72,842
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 102,681
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 314,797
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 49,155
Participants in all Head Start programs: 7,837
Assets
Asset poverty rate: 24.6%
Average college graduate debt: $36,865
Unbanked households: 6.2%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 14.2%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 149,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 29%
Senior poverty rate: 6.5%
Women in poverty: 10.6%
Family
Children in foster care: 3,908
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 41,280
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: 10
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 7.0%
Food insecurity: 12.2%
Minimum Wage: $10.10
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 119,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 4.9%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 15.8%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 20.3%
Poverty rate: 9.8%
Unemployment rate: 5.2%
Education
High school graduation rate: 87%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 88.6%
Percent of college students with debt: 64%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 38.3%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 5%
Housing
Home foreclosure rate: 2.31%
Homeless people: 3,902
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 128,000
Percent renters: 33%
Total households: 1,357,269
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 252
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 11,735

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