Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 31,367
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 397,000
EITC recipients: 584,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 29,200
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 157,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 273,831
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 843,539
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 147,937
Participants in all Head Start programs: 15,943
Asset poverty rate: 20.3%
Average college graduate debt: $28,233
Unbanked households: 7.4%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 14.3%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 399,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 28%
Senior poverty rate: 8.4%
Women in poverty: 10.9%
Children in foster care: 6,527
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 39,231
Percent of children in immigrant families: 38%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 31%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 11
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.0%
Food insecurity: 10.3%
Minimum Wage: $8.60
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 255,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 7.7%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 18.6%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 22.5%
Poverty rate: 10.0%
Unemployment rate: 4.5%
High school graduation rate: 89.7%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 87.4%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 62%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 38.6%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 5%
Home foreclosure rate: 4.35%
Homeless people: 8,536
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 319,000
Percent renters: 36%
Total households: 3,218,798
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 241
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 636

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports