Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 14,640
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 74,000
EITC recipients: 98,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 3,400
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 20,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 8,806
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 141,869
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 26,856
Participants in all Head Start programs: 2,950
Asset poverty rate: 13.9%
Average college graduate debt: $25,851
Unbanked households: 2.4%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 9.7%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: 38,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 18%
Senior poverty rate: 9.3%
Women in poverty: 10.5%
Children in foster care: 1,605
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 7,149
Percent of children in immigrant families: 29%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 31%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 19
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 5.0%
Food insecurity: 11.8%
Minimum Wage: $10.10
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 33,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 3.8%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 11.3%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 20.0%
Poverty rate: 9.5%
Unemployment rate: 2.6%
High school graduation rate: 81.6%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 90.3%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 49%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 31.9%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Home foreclosure rate: 2.31%
Homeless people: 7,220
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 53,000
Percent renters: 43%
Total households: 458,078
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 257
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 51

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports