Asset poverty rate: 23.8%
Average college graduate debt: $29,223
Unbanked households: 6.3%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 8%
Food insecurity: 14.2%
Minimum wage: $9.45
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 106,000
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 28,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 9.4%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 24,7%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 31.8%
Poverty rate: 13.4%
Unemployment rate: 3.1%
High school graduation rate: 88.3%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 89.7%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 58%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 29.5%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 7%
Children in foster care: 12,390
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 116,123
Percent of children in immigrant families: 8%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 34%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 22.5%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.57%
Homeless people: 6,194
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 169,600
Percent renters: 33%
Total households: 2,458,337
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 532
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 780
Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 24,769
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 385,156
EITC recipients: 476,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 24,800
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 97,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 123,733
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 526,699
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 114,323
Participants in all Head Start programs: 14,952
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 18%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: 5,000
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 169,000
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 49,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 30%
Senior poverty rate: 8.7%
Women in poverty: 14%

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports