Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 52,993
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 418,362
EITC recipients: 380,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 8,400
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 85,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 112,008
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 560,679
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 101,743
Participants in all Head Start programs: 15,830
Asset poverty rate: 24.50%
Average college graduate debt: $28,438
Unbanked households: 7.20%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 23.00%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 93,000
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 38,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 39%
Senior poverty rate: 10.30%
Women in poverty: 17.80%
Children in foster care: 8,089
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 103,441
Percent of children in immigrant families: 9%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 35%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 29%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 11.00%
Food insecurity: 14.90%
Minimum Wage: $7.25
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: N/A
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 22,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 5.60%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 24.30%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 34.50%
Poverty rate: 17.20%
Unemployment rate: 4.30%
High school graduation rate: 89.70%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 85.50%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 60%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 24.80%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.12%
Homeless people: 4,237
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 127,100
Percent renters: 33%
Total households: 1,748,732
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 527
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 555

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