Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 8,503
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 87,000
EITC recipients: 102,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 1,600
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 23,620
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 39,571
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 110,692
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 20,806
Participants in all Head Start programs: 3,912
Asset poverty rate: N/A
Average college graduate debt: $29,083
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: 37%
Senior poverty rate: 9.1%
Women in poverty: 13.6%
Children in foster care: 1,873
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 11,496
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: 15
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 8.0%
Food insecurity: 14.8%
Minimum Wage: $9.00
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: 8.0%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 22.1%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 32.6%
Poverty rate: 12.5%
Unemployment rate: 3.9%
High school graduation rate: 86.5%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 90.3%
Percent of college students with debt: 63%
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: 2.97%
Homeless people: 2,241
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 35,000
Percent renters: 29%
Total households: 531,660
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 165
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 3,504

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