Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 6,687
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 51,000
EITC recipients: 78,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 2,200
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 14,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 22,683
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 117,054
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 19,340
Participants in all Head Start programs: 5,270
Asset poverty rate: 23.0%
Average college graduate debt: $26,946
Unbanked households: 6.6%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 18.1%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 36%
Senior poverty rate: 6%
Women in poverty: 14.0%
Children in foster care: 2,232
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 13,743
Percent of children in immigrant families: 5%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 30%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 26
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.3%
Food insecurity: 11.8%
Minimum Wage: $8.05/$4.00
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: N/A
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 13%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 30.4%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 34.5%
Poverty rate: 14.6%
Unemployment rate: 4.0%
High school graduation rate: 84%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 91.7%
Percent of college students with debt: 67%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 29.3%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 7%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.76%
Homeless people: 1,745
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 29,672
Percent renters: 32%
Total households: 407,797
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 168
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 5,500

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports