Asset poverty rate: 23.4%
Average college graduate debt: $28,960
Unbanked households: 7%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6%
Food insecurity: 9.6%
Minimum wage: $11.00
Number of Black or African American children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 183,000
Number of Hispanic or Latino children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment 184,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 7.4%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 18.1%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 26.5%
Poverty rate: 11.5%
Unemployment rate: 4.1%
High school graduation rate: 86.5%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 88.7%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 59%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 35.1%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Children in foster care: 18,317
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 235,476
Percent of children in immigrant families: 25%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 34%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 14.6%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.3%
People experiencing homelessness: 10,431
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 431,700
Percent renters: 34%
Total housing units 5,426,429
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents: 302
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 834
Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 21,065
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 775,000
EITC recipients: 908,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 30,400
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 225,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 236,371
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 1,458,386
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 164,318
Participants in all Head Start programs: 34,803
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 16%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: 32,000
Number of Black or African American children below 200% poverty: 243,000
Number of Hispanic or Latino children below 200% poverty: 351,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 28%
Senior poverty rate: 8.6%
Women in poverty: 12.6%

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports