Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 25,960
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 161,000
EITC recipients: 212,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 9,800
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 34,902
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 93,994
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 306,164
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 61,163
Participants in all Head Start programs: 8,990
Asset poverty rate: 25.5%
Average college graduate debt: $30,250
Unbanked households: 4.2%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 14.4%
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 40,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 32%
Senior poverty rate: 6.9%
Women in poverty: 13.1%
Children in foster care: 5,918
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 26,998
Percent of children in immigrant families: 11%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 29%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 19
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 7.0%
Food insecurity: 12.0%
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: 4.3%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 25.3%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 28.2%
Poverty rate: 11.8%
Unemployment rate: 3.9%
High school graduation rate: 90.5%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 90.6%
Percent of college students with debt: 66%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 26.8%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 5%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.09%
Homeless people: 3,064
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 82,000
Percent renters: 29%
Total households: 1,247,932
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 729
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 12,826

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