Asset poverty rate: N/A
Average college graduate debt: $28,039
Unbanked households: 4.3%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 7%
Food insecurity: 11.1%
Minimum wage: $8.65
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: N/A
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: n/a
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 8.2%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 22.7%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 30.1%
Poverty rate: 12.5%
Unemployment rate: 3.6%
High school graduation rate: 85.8%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 92.4%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 56%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 31.7%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 9%
Children in foster care: 3,853
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 16,858
Percent of children in immigrant families: 6%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 29%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 21.2%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.52%
Homeless people: 1,418
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 27,800
Percent renters: 32%
Total households: 437,651
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents: 350
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 183
Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 10,137
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 49,357
EITC recipients: 74,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 2,500
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 14,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 19,519
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 124,614
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 16,682
Participants in all Head Start programs: 4,851
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 16.00%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: n/a
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 29%
Senior poverty rate: 7.2%
Women in poverty: 13.8%

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