Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 79,040
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 1,207,000
EITC recipients: 2,000,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 62,700
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 174,235
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 148,926
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 2,596,107
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 481,520
Participants in all Head Start programs: 46,988
Asset poverty rate: 29.6%
Average college graduate debt: $24,181
Unbanked households: 5.9%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 22.8%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 1,294,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 36%
Senior poverty rate: 10.4%
Women in poverty: 15.8%
Children in foster care: 22,362
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 301,277
Percent of children in immigrant families: 32%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 40%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 21
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 10.0%
Food insecurity: 15.1%
Minimum Wage: $8.10
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 753,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 12.5%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 32.4%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 37.8%
Poverty rate: 14.7%
Unemployment rate: 4.9%
High school graduation rate: 76.1%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 85.5%
Percent of college students with debt: 53%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 28.4%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Home foreclosure rate: 2.48%
Homeless people: 33,559
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 771,000
Percent renters: 35%
Total households: 7,573,456
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 3,744
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 153,854

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports