Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 13,307
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 82,000
EITC recipients: 134,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 6,200
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 28,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 43,546
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 159,459
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 39,757
Participants in all Head Start programs: 6,313
Asset poverty rate: 18.5%
Average college graduate debt: $26,278
Unbanked households: 5.7%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 15.8%
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%
Women in poverty: 12.0%
Children in foster care: 4,584
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 24,174
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: 5.2%
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: 10%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 28.9%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 32.3%
Poverty rate: 12.6%
Unemployment rate: 2.9%
High school graduation rate: 88%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 90.4%
Percent of college students with debt: 63%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 29.5%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 5%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.76%
Homeless people: 3,026
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 53,025
Percent renters: 34%
Total households: 731,347
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 669
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 8,500

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