Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 34,944
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 582,000
EITC recipients: 766,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 16,200
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 145,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 454,482
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 938,839
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 224,106
Participants in all Head Start programs: 30,846
Asset poverty rate: 29.2%
Average college graduate debt: $30,327
Unbanked households: 6.0%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 20.2%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 341,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 35%
Senior poverty rate: 8.5%
Women in poverty: 15.1%
Children in foster care: 11,599
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 44,304
Percent of children in immigrant families: 13%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 35%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 18
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 9.0%
Food insecurity: 14.2%
Minimum Wage: $9.25
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 256,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 5.2%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 24.9%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 31.9%
Poverty rate: 14.2%
Unemployment rate: 4.8%
High school graduation rate: 79.8%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 88.1%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 58%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 28.3%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 7%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.55%
Homeless people: 9,051
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 291,000
Percent renters: 29%
Total households: 3,930,017
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 437
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 1,554

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports