Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 40,335
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 87,000
EITC recipients: 101,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 1,600
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 32,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 54,384
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 116,061
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 22,605
Participants in all Head Start programs: 3,912
Asset poverty rate: 20.3%
Average college graduate debt: $30,908
Unbanked households: 2.4%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 18.7%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 37%
Senior poverty rate: 9%
Women in poverty: 17.0%
Children in foster care: 1,787
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 16,452
Percent of children in immigrant families: 6%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 35%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 17
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 5.2%
Food insecurity: 15.1%
Minimum Wage: $7.50
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: N/A
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 9%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 22.6%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 32.6%
Poverty rate: 13.4%
Unemployment rate: 4.7%
High school graduation rate: 86%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 90.3%
Percent of college students with debt: 68%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 29.4%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Home foreclosure rate: 3.43%
Homeless people: 2,726
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 38,224
Percent renters: 29%
Total households: 553,086
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 165
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 4,100

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports