Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 38,473
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 416,000
EITC recipients: 519,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 22,600
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 78,214
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 148,453
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 624,308
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 127,551
Participants in all Head Start programs: 20,789
Asset poverty rate: 27.4%
Average college graduate debt: $29,183
Unbanked households: 8.5%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 19.9%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 176,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 37%
Senior poverty rate: 8.2%
Women in poverty: 15.1%
Children in foster care: 12,160
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 77,169
Percent of children in immigrant families: 7%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 35%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 25
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 9.0%
Food insecurity: 15.6%
Minimum Wage: $7.70
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 113,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 8.9%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 29.0%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 34.1%
Poverty rate: 14.0%
Unemployment rate: 4.4%
High school graduation rate: 87.3%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 86.9%
Percent of college students with debt: 61%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 27.8%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 7%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.83%
Homeless people: 6,194
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 183,000
Percent renters: 33%
Total households: 2,372,190
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 1,226
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 43,758

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