Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 10,718
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 82,000
EITC recipients: 136,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 6,200
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 24,123
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 55,181
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 158,919
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 38,125
Participants in all Head Start programs: 6,313
Asset poverty rate: 17.0%
Average college graduate debt: $28,798
Unbanked households: 5.1%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 16.3%
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 49,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 32%
Senior poverty rate: 7.8%
Women in poverty: 12.6%
Children in foster care: 3,887
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 18,019
Percent of children in immigrant families: 15%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 29%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 22
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 7.0%
Food insecurity: 13.8%
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: 8.6%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 26.7%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 32.3%
Poverty rate: 11.4%
Unemployment rate: 3.4%
High school graduation rate: 89.7%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 90.4%
Percent of college students with debt: 60%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 30.2%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 5%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.55%
Homeless people: 2,754
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 54,000
Percent renters: 34%
Total households: 747,562
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 669
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 8,792

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