Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 10,679
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 85,000
EITC recipients: 129,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 5,500
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 27,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 43,689
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 163,545
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 37,440
Participants in all Head Start programs: 5,159
Asset poverty rate: 17.0%
Average college graduate debt: $26,452
Unbanked households: 5.1%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 13.9%
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 51,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 28%
Senior poverty rate: 7.2%
Women in poverty: 12.0%
Children in foster care: 4,012
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 7,431
Percent of children in immigrant families: 16%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 29%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 19
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.0%
Food insecurity: 11.9%
Minimum Wage: $9.00
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 24,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 8.3%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 22.2%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 29.2%
Poverty rate: 10.8%
Unemployment rate: 2.9%
High school graduation rate: 88.9%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 90.1%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 55%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 31.4%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 4%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.48%
Homeless people: 2,501
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 52,000
Percent renters: 34%
Total households: 754,490
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 283
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 465

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports