Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 2,684
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 109,000
EITC recipients: 131,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 3,600
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 15,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 50,186
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 209,573
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 41,689
Participants in all Head Start programs: 4,758
Asset poverty rate: 29.6%
Average college graduate debt: $26,091
Unbanked households: 5.4%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 18.5%
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 52,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 35%
Senior poverty rate: 7%
Women in poverty: 14.0%
Children in foster care: 1,342
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 28,402
Percent of children in immigrant families: 13%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 26%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 23
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.0%
Food insecurity: 15.1%
Minimum Wage: $7.25
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment 21,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 11%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 29.0%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 38.6%
Poverty rate: 15.1%
Unemployment rate: 4.2%
High school graduation rate: 77.3%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 88.3%
Percent of college students with debt: 72%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 25.0%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 7%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.99%
Homeless people: 2,104
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 36,127
Percent renters: 31%
Total households: 585,259
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 399
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 11,000

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports