Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 10,486
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 277,000
EITC recipients: 364,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 10,100
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 62,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 36,451
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 435,439
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 83,857
Participants in all Head Start programs: 24,170
Asset poverty rate: 27.8%
Average college graduate debt: $29,166
Unbanked households: 12.6%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 29.4%
Number of Black children below 200% poverty: 221,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 46%
Senior poverty rate: 13.7%
Women in poverty: 21.9%
Children in foster care: 5,486
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 27,348
Percent of children in immigrant families: 4%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 45%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 33
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 14.0%
Food insecurity: 20.1%
Minimum Wage: No state minimum wage law (federal applies)
Number of Black children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment 148,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 12.0%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 37.1%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 42.5%
Poverty rate: 19.8%
Unemployment rate: 5.3%
High school graduation rate: 75.4%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 79.9%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 50%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 21.8%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 9%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.12%
Homeless people: 1,472
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 96,000
Percent renters: 32%
Total households: 1,091,980
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 597
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 243

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports