Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 2,812
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 101,748
EITC recipients: 124,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 3,600
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 15,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 35,252
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 195,692
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 33,717
Participants in all Head Start programs: 3,275
Asset poverty rate: 20.00%
Average college graduate debt: $27,686
Unbanked households: 2.30%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 14.00%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: n/a
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 29%
Senior poverty rate: 8.10%
Women in poverty: 11.70%
Children in foster care: 1,593
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 30,682
Percent of children in immigrant families: 13%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 25%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 18.60%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.00%
Food insecurity: 12.30%
Minimum Wage: $7.25
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: N/A
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: n/a
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 11.10%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 25.70%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 37.90%
Poverty rate: 12.80%
Unemployment rate: 3.10%
High school graduation rate: 79.70%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 90.50%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 62%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 27.70%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 9%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.41%
Homeless people: 2,247
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 38,200
Percent renters: 31%
Total households: 655,859
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 447
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 408

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