Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 12,014
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 63,000
EITC recipients: 73,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 4,600
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 11,117
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 16,445
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 104,944
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 18,097
Participants in all Head Start programs: 1,522
Asset poverty rate: N/A
Average college graduate debt: N/A
Unbanked households: 4.8%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 19.1%
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: 6.9%
Women in poverty: 12.9%
Children in foster care: 682
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 13,035
Percent of children in immigrant families: 16%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 42%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 18
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 8.0%
Food insecurity: 12.1%
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: 5.7%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 22.8%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 27.8%
Poverty rate: 11.7%
Unemployment rate: 4.3%
High school graduation rate: 87%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 87.7%
Percent of college students with debt: 65%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 30.9%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 5%
Home foreclosure rate: 2.29%
Homeless people: 1,070
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 26,000
Percent renters: 29%
Total households: 351,085
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 180
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 4,141

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