Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 24,830
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 826,000
EITC recipients: 1,100,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 35,200
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 116,488
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 161,806
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 1,218,107
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 253,653
Participants in all Head Start programs: 27,691
Asset poverty rate: 25.8%
Average college graduate debt: $27,043
Unbanked households: 11.9%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 24.2%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 776,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 40%
Senior poverty rate: 10.1%
Women in poverty: 17.4%
Children in foster care: 10,935
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 173,498
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: 26
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 11.0%
Food insecurity: 16.2%
Minimum Wage: $5.15 ($7.25 federal rate applies)
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 465,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 12.9%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 29.9%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 37.0%
Poverty rate: 16.0%
Unemployment rate: 5.4%
High school graduation rate: 72.5%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 84.3%
Percent of college students with debt: 61%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 29.9%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 10%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.01%
Homeless people: 12,909
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 371,000
Percent renters: 37%
Total households: 3,686,135
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 1,788
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 93,450

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports