Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 2,800
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 95,000
EITC recipients: 127,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 3,300
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 15,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 32,399
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 193,693
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 36,526
Participants in all Head Start programs: 3,305
Asset poverty rate: 31.7%
Average college graduate debt: $26,978
Unbanked households: 3.6%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 17.2%
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 36%
Senior poverty rate: 8.1%
Women in poverty: 14.1%
Children in foster care: 1,518
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 7,422
Percent of children in immigrant families: 14%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 26%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 20
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 7.0%
Food insecurity: 13.2%
Minimum Wage: $7.25
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment 23,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 10.1%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 26.8%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 37.9%
Poverty rate: 12.8%
Unemployment rate: 3.3%
High school graduation rate: 78.9%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 87.9%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 61%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 27.6%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 7%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.51%
Homeless people: 2,037
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 42,000
Percent renters: 31%
Total households: 625,135
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 489
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 393

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