Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 58,549
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 313,000
EITC recipients: 388,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 7,500
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 84,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 118,148
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 571,499
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 107,885
Participants in all Head Start programs: 15,984
Asset poverty rate: 25.1%
Average college graduate debt: $28,950
Unbanked households: 9.0%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 24.5%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 114,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 42%
Senior poverty rate: 10.3%
Women in poverty: 18.6%
Children in foster care: 7,812
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 36,936
Percent of children in immigrant families: 8%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 36%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 31
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 12.0%
Food insecurity: 15.5%
Minimum Wage: $7.25
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 70,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 5.4%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 26.5%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 34.5%
Poverty rate: 17.2%
Unemployment rate: 5.3%
High school graduation rate: 88.0%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 81.3%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 60%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 23.4%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.47%
Homeless people: 4,025
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 124,000
Percent renters: 33%
Total households: 1,725,034
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 474
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 510

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Work Supports