Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 57,343
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 337,000
EITC recipients: 596,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 30,500
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 161,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 351,305
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 840,688
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 166,958
Participants in all Head Start programs: 15,933
Asset poverty rate: 24.2%
Average college graduate debt: $28,318
Unbanked households: 8.2%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 15.7%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 430,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 29%
Senior poverty rate: 6%
Women in poverty: 12.0%
Children in foster care: 6,946
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 123,318
Percent of children in immigrant families: 36%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 32%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 13
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 5.0%
Food insecurity: 11.4%
Minimum Wage: $8.38
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 304,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 11%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 21.6%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 22.5%
Poverty rate: 10.8%
Unemployment rate: 6.2%
High school graduation rate: 88%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 88.0%
Percent of college students with debt: 68%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 37.4%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Home foreclosure rate: 7.31%
Homeless people: 11,671
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 313,512
Percent renters: 35%
Total households: 3,188,498
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 1,564
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 35,200

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