Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 18,272
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 809,000
EITC recipients: 1,000,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 30,900
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 135,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 128,481
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 1,257,272
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 237,224
Participants in all Head Start programs: 24,597
Asset poverty rate: 25.8%
Average college graduate debt: $27,325
Unbanked households: 11.9%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 22.6%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 730,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 35%
Senior poverty rate: 10.1%
Women in poverty: 16.1%
Children in foster care: 12,381
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 71,062
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: 24
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 10.0%
Food insecurity: 15.1%
Minimum Wage: $5.15
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 432,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 13.4%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 28.4%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 35.8%
Poverty rate: 14.9%
Unemployment rate: 4.9%
High school graduation rate: 78.8%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 83.9%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 57%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 30.5%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.86%
Homeless people: 10,174
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 364,000
Percent renters: 37%
Total households: 3,745,074
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 517
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 1,110

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