Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 67,963
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 416,000
EITC recipients: 509,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 22,600
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 96,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 178,245
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 616,610
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 140,456
Participants in all Head Start programs: 20,789
Asset poverty rate: 21.6%
Average college graduate debt: $25,844
Unbanked households: 8.9%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 20.7%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 173,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 37%
Senior poverty rate: 7%
Women in poverty: 11.0%
Children in foster care: 10,624
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 99,046
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: 27
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.4%
Food insecurity: 16.9%
Minimum Wage: $7.65
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 128,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 9%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 28.3%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 34.1%
Poverty rate: 14.8%
Unemployment rate: 5.3%
High school graduation rate: 86%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 86.9%
Percent of college students with debt: 59%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 27.5%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 7%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.10%
Homeless people: 7,282
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 165,079
Percent renters: 32%
Total households: 2,361,232
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 1,226
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 43,700

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