Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 11,777
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 284,000
EITC recipients: 390,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 10,100
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 50,812
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 44,451
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 456,106
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 84,867
Participants in all Head Start programs: 26,795
Asset poverty rate: 27.8%
Average college graduate debt: $26,177
Unbanked households: 12.6%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 31.1%
Number of Black children below 200% poverty: 238,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 44%
Senior poverty rate: 12.3%
Women in poverty: 22.8%
Children in foster care: 4,773
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 60,357
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: 35
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 17.0%
Food insecurity: 21.5%
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 156,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 11.8%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 36.9%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 43.6%
Poverty rate: 20.8%
Unemployment rate: 5.7%
High school graduation rate: 77.6%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 81.0%
Percent of college students with debt: 62%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 20.8%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 10%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.33%
Homeless people: 1,738
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 99,000
Percent renters: 32%
Total households: 1,091,245
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 413
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 31,626

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