Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 44,682
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 318,000
EITC recipients: 409,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 4,900
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 72,758
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 129,657
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 570,434
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 111,926
Participants in all Head Start programs: 19,849
Asset poverty rate: 25.1%
Average college graduate debt: $27,536
Unbanked households: 9.0%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 25.6%
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: 11.1%
Women in poverty: 20.5%
Children in foster care: 7,538
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 65,985
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: 32
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 12.0%
Food insecurity: 15.8%
Minimum Wage: $7.25
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 24,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 5.1%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 27.4%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 33.5%
Poverty rate: 18.5%
Unemployment rate: 4.9%
High school graduation rate: 87.5%
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: 23.3%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.68%
Homeless people: 4,237
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 127,000
Percent renters: 33%
Total households: 1,717,706
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 747
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 40,897

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