Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 47,696
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 322,000
EITC recipients: 398,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 8,500
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 94,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 104,480
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 611,835
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 132,843
Participants in all Head Start programs: 10,069
Asset poverty rate: 20.3%
Average college graduate debt: $27,241
Unbanked households: 4.8%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 12.4%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 251,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 22%
Senior poverty rate: 7.9%
Women in poverty: 10.1%
Children in foster care: 3,841
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 36,828
Percent of children in immigrant families: 28%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 36%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 16
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.0%
Food insecurity: 11.1%
Minimum Wage: $10.10
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 189,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 6.1%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 19.5%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 20.1%
Poverty rate: 9.3%
Unemployment rate: 4.1%
High school graduation rate: 87.0%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 88.0%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 56%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 39.3%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.63%
Homeless people: 7,247
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 182,000
Percent renters: 34%
Total households: 2,207,343
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 346
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 612

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports