Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 24,838
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 365,000
EITC recipients: 486,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 24,900
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 96,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 135,638
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 618,543
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 119,620
Participants in all Head Start programs: 14,997
Asset poverty rate: 27.4%
Average college graduate debt: $26,726
Unbanked households: 8.5%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 18.6%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 175,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 33%
Senior poverty rate: 8.7%
Women in poverty: 14.7%
Children in foster care: 12,408
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 38,282
Percent of children in immigrant families: 9%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 34%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 23
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 9.0%
Food insecurity: 14.7%
Minimum Wage: $7.85
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 100,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 9.1%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 28.0%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 31.8%
Poverty rate: 13.4%
Unemployment rate: 3.9%
High school graduation rate: 87.8%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 86.5%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 59%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 28.5%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 5%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.67%
Homeless people: 6,037
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 178,000
Percent renters: 33%
Total households: 2,385,135
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 526
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 948

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