Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 44,322
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 290,611
EITC recipients: 316,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 8,900
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 100,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 126,548
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 519,503
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 105,961
Participants in all Head Start programs: 12,211
Asset poverty rate: 16.60%
Average college graduate debt: $31,911
Unbanked households: 1.50%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 12.00%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: 26,000
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 145,000
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 66,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 22%
Senior poverty rate: 7.00%
Women in poverty: 10.00%
Children in foster care: 9,651
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 66,495
Percent of children in immigrant families: 20%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 28%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 12.10%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 5.00%
Food insecurity: 9.10%
Minimum Wage: $10.00
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 78,000
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 35,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 4.40%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 13.10%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 23.50%
Poverty rate: 9.50%
Unemployment rate: 3.20%
High school graduation rate: 82.70%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 92.90%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 67%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 36.70%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 4%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.38%
Homeless people: 7,341
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 140,000
Percent renters: 28%
Total households: 2,222,568
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 191
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 675

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