Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 45,463
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 279,000
EITC recipients: 420,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 10,900
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 97,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 123,868
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 566,359
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 145,290
Participants in all Head Start programs: 12,425
Asset poverty rate: 23.0%
Average college graduate debt: $27,457
Unbanked households: 4.8%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 12.7%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 274,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 23%
Senior poverty rate: 9%
Women in poverty: 10.0%
Children in foster care: 4,467
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 123,849
Percent of children in immigrant families: 27%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 36%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 18
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 4.7%
Food insecurity: 13.3%
Minimum Wage: $8.25
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 202,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 6%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 18.9%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 21.0%
Poverty rate: 9.7%
Unemployment rate: 5.3%
High school graduation rate: 85%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 88.1%
Percent of college students with debt: 58%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 38.2%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Home foreclosure rate: 2.77%
Homeless people: 7,856
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 167,032
Percent renters: 33%
Total households: 2,155,983
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 939
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 31,100

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