Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 7,115
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 70,000
EITC recipients: 97,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 2,100
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 31,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 32,252
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 108,812
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 19,364
Participants in all Head Start programs: 3,158
Asset poverty rate: N/A
Average college graduate debt: $29,752
Unbanked households: 2.3%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 16.6%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 29%
Senior poverty rate: 8.1%
Women in poverty: 11.7%
Children in foster care: 1,837
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 3,488
Percent of children in immigrant families: 7%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 33%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 15
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 7.0%
Food insecurity: 13.8%
Minimum Wage: $10.00
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: 8.1%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 22.3%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 28.5%
Poverty rate: 11.1%
Unemployment rate: 3.6%
High school graduation rate: 87.5%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 89.7%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 59%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 30.1%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Home foreclosure rate: 2.66%
Homeless people: 2,280
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 34,000
Percent renters: 28%
Total households: 540,959
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 153
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 81

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