Asset poverty rate: 19.9%
Average college graduate debt: $32,165
Unbanked households: 2.5%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6%
Food insecurity: 10.7%
Minimum wage: $11.75
Number of Black or African American children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 139,000
Number of Hispanic or Latino children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment 56,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 6%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 16.6%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 21.2%
Poverty rate: 9%
Unemployment rate: 3.6%
High school graduation rate: 87.1%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 90.2%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 49%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 40.8%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 7%
Children in foster care: 3,840
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 143,672
Percent of children in immigrant families: 29%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 35%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 13.9%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.21%
People experiencing homelessness: 6,360
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 182,000
Percent renters: 33%
Total housing units: 2,530,844
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents: 305
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 495
Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 54,624
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 252,000
EITC recipients: 391,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 11,300
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 99,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 96,322
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 674,178
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 122,523
Participants in all Head Start programs: 9,483
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 12%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: 18,000
Number of Black or African American children below 200% poverty: 164,000
Number of Hispanic or Latino children below 200% poverty: 88,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 20%
Senior poverty rate: 7.8%
Women in poverty: 9.9%

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