Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 45,000
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 221,000
EITC recipients: 344,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 13,100
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 79,577
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 135,647
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 512,522
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 116,031
Participants in all Head Start programs: 16,573
Assets
Asset poverty rate: 19.8%
Average college graduate debt: $31,435
Unbanked households: 3.4%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 12.7%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 145,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 30%
Senior poverty rate: 7.2%
Women in poverty: 10.8%
Family
Children in foster care: 7,610
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 43,866
Percent of children in immigrant families: 18%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 28%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 14
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 5.0%
Food insecurity: 9.9%
Minimum Wage: $9.50/$7.75
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 91,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 4.1%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 19.7%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 23.9%
Poverty rate: 9.9%
Unemployment rate: 3.9%
Education
High school graduation rate: 81.2%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 91.8%
Percent of college students with debt: 70%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 34.7%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 4%
Housing
Home foreclosure rate: 0.56%
Homeless people: 7,341
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 139,000
Percent renters: 28%
Total households: 2,148,725
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 828
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 17,198

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

Education