Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 49,986
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 318,000
EITC recipients: 404,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 4,900
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 85,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 148,630
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 543,906
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 123,123
Participants in all Head Start programs: 19,849
Asset poverty rate: 21.4%
Average college graduate debt: $25,939
Unbanked households: 9.7%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 25.8%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 103,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 45%
Senior poverty rate: 15%
Women in poverty: 20.0%
Children in foster care: 7,162
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 94,613
Percent of children in immigrant families: 8%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 35%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 35
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 7.7%
Food insecurity: 16.4%
Minimum Wage: $7.25
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 65,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 7%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 30.9%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 33.5%
Poverty rate: 18.5%
Unemployment rate: 5.2%
High school graduation rate: 86%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 81.9%
Percent of college students with debt: 64%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 22.2%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Home foreclosure rate: 2.07%
Homeless people: 5,089
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 111,119
Percent renters: 32%
Total households: 1,702,235
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 747
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 33,500

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