Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 52,738
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 279,000
EITC recipients: 417,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 10,900
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 81,519
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 117,748
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 604,560
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 139,576
Participants in all Head Start programs: 12,425
Asset poverty rate: 20.3%
Average college graduate debt: $27,148
Unbanked households: 4.8%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 12.8%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 266,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 23%
Senior poverty rate: 8.2%
Women in poverty: 10.4%
Children in foster care: 3,913
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 95,267
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: 17
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.0%
Food insecurity: 11.4%
Minimum Wage: $9.25
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: 6.1%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 20.3%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 21.0%
Poverty rate: 9.7%
Unemployment rate: 4.2%
High school graduation rate: 86.4%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 88.1%
Percent of college students with debt: 56%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 38.8%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.85%
Homeless people: 7,689
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 185,000
Percent renters: 33%
Total households: 2,194,657
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 939
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 31,928

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