Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 14,878
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 937,730
EITC recipients: 1,040,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 28,600
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 140,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 139,699
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 1,229,636
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 217,695
Participants in all Head Start programs: 24,363
Asset poverty rate: 27.30%
Average college graduate debt: $29,220
Unbanked households: 10.60%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 20.00%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: 30,000
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 696,000
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 230,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 33%
Senior poverty rate: 10.10%
Women in poverty: 14.70%
Children in foster care: 13,146
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 263,343
Percent of children in immigrant families: 21%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 39%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 21.90%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 9.00%
Food insecurity: 14.40%
Minimum Wage: $7.25
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 414,000
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 100,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 13.70%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 25.40%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 35.80%
Poverty rate: 14.90%
Unemployment rate: 3.70%
High school graduation rate: 80.60%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 86.50%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 55%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 31.90%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.66%
Homeless people: 12,909
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 331,600
Percent renters: 37%
Total households: 3,852,714
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 506
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 1,068

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