Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 12,150
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 137,000
EITC recipients: 214,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 8,500
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 29,889
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 48,215
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 268,658
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 58,955
Participants in all Head Start programs: 10,725
Asset poverty rate: 20.6%
Average college graduate debt: $28,714
Unbanked households: 7.6%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 16.8%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 85,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 33%
Senior poverty rate: 8.0%
Women in poverty: 13.2%
Children in foster care: 7,223
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 29,149
Percent of children in immigrant families: 15%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 31%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 26
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 44,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 8.7%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 26.0%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 30.5%
Poverty rate: 12.1%
Unemployment rate: 4.2%
High school graduation rate: 85.7%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 89.2%
Percent of college students with debt: 63%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 31.7%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.17%
Homeless people: 2,255
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 71,000
Percent renters: 33%
Total households: 1,110,407
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 813
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 16,438

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports