Asset poverty rate: 26.90%
Average college graduate debt: $29,209
Unbanked households: 11.40%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 8%
Food insecurity: 10.70%
Minimum wage: $12.50
Number of Black or African American children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 283,000
Number of Hispanic or Latino children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 369,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 5.20%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 12%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 27.40%
Poverty rate: 13%
Unemployment rate: 4%
High school graduation rate: 82.30%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 86.30%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 54%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 37.20%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Children in foster care: 16,086
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18: 387,593
Percent of children in immigrant families: 35%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 35%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 11.40%
Home foreclosure rate: 2.43%
Homeless people: 91,271
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 972,500
Percent renters: 46%
Total housing units: 8,488,066
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents: 224
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 837
Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 182,032
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 1,006,000
EITC recipients: 1,600,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 52,700
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 585,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 1,053,204
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 2,520,415
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 362,993
Participants in all Head Start programs: 48,090
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 18%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: 115,000
Number of Black or African American children below 200% poverty: 334,000
Number of Hispanic or Latino children below 200% poverty: 478,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 29%
Senior poverty rate: 12%
Women in poverty: 14.20%

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports