Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 23,714
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 167,000
EITC recipients: 201,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 9,500
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 43,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 80,346
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 328,245
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 61,996
Participants in all Head Start programs: 7,449
Asset poverty rate: 25.5%
Average college graduate debt: $29,435
Unbanked households: 4.2%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 14.4%
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 42,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 30%
Senior poverty rate: 6.6%
Women in poverty: 11.7%
Children in foster care: 6,004
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 8,790
Percent of children in immigrant families: 11%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 30%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 17
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.0%
Food insecurity: 11.5%
Minimum Wage: $7.25
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 24,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 4.7%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 23.2%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 28.4%
Poverty rate: 10.7%
Unemployment rate: 3.3%
High school graduation rate: 90.8%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 90.3%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 62%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 28.4%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 4%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.96%
Homeless people: 2,756
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 80,000
Percent renters: 29%
Total households: 1,257,505
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 282
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 675

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports