Asset poverty rate: N/A
Average college graduate debt: $31,213
Unbanked households: 4%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6%
Food insecurity: 12.9%
Minimum wage: $12.00
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: n/a
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 8%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 19.1%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 28.5%
Poverty rate: 11.1%
Unemployment rate: 3.2%
High school graduation rate: 86.9%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 92.5%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 55%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 31.5%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Children in foster care: 1,584
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 15,877
Percent of children in immigrant families: 7%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 31%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 13.1%
Home foreclosure rate: 2.25%
Homeless people: 2,241
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 27,800
Percent renters: 28%
Total households: 573,618
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents: 134
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 93
Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 7,011
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 62,780
EITC recipients: 95,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 2,300
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 33,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 29,555
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 103,457
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 18,320
Participants in all Head Start programs: 3,108
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 14%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: n/a
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 31%
Senior poverty rate: 8.1%
Women in poverty: 12.1%

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