Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 11,213
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 66,000
EITC recipients: 72,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 4,800
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 13,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 13,633
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 104,777
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 17,162
Participants in all Head Start programs: 2,194
Asset poverty rate: N/A
Average college graduate debt: $33,650
Unbanked households: 4.8%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 17.0%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 28%
Senior poverty rate: 8.5%
Women in poverty: 15.1%
Children in foster care: 780
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 5,548
Percent of children in immigrant families: 20%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 39%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 20
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 7.0%
Food insecurity: 12.0%
Minimum Wage: $8.25
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: N/A
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 5.4%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 22.0%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 27.9%
Poverty rate: 13.6%
Unemployment rate: 4.9%
High school graduation rate: 86%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 87.2%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 62%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 31.0%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 7%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.86%
Homeless people: 994
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 25,000
Percent renters: 29%
Total households: 357,937
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 440
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 162

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports