Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 44,821
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 216,000
EITC recipients: 326,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 10,000
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 93,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 132,855
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 532,615
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 111,121
Participants in all Head Start programs: 12,347
Asset poverty rate: 19.8%
Average college graduate debt: $31,342
Unbanked households: 3.4%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 12.3%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 138,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 24%
Senior poverty rate: 7.0%
Women in poverty: 10.4%
Children in foster care: 8,793
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 15,387
Percent of children in immigrant families: 19%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 28%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 13
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.0%
Food insecurity: 9.2%
Minimum Wage: $9.65
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 85,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 4.4%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 18.4%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 23.5%
Poverty rate: 9.5%
Unemployment rate: 3.7%
High school graduation rate: 81.9%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 91.6%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 68%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 34.8%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 5%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.47%
Homeless people: 7,668
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 136,000
Percent renters: 29%
Total households: 2,162,211
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 194
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 852

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports