Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 13,201
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 284,000
EITC recipients: 384,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 10,100
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 62,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 65,526
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 477,551
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 93,273
Participants in all Head Start programs: 26,795
Asset poverty rate: 30.4%
Average college graduate debt: $26,177
Unbanked households: 14.5%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 29.0%
Number of Black children below 200% poverty: 233,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 44%
Senior poverty rate: 16%
Women in poverty: 24.0%
Children in foster care: 3,779
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 101,169
Percent of children in immigrant families: 4%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 47%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 38
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 10.4%
Food insecurity: 21.1%
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 158,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 12%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 38.3%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 43.6%
Poverty rate: 22.0%
Unemployment rate: 6.5%
High school graduation rate: 76%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 81.0%
Percent of college students with debt: 60%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 21.1%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 10%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.73%
Homeless people: 2,226
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 81,978
Percent renters: 31%
Total households: 1,092,627
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 413
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 25,400

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