Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 2,692
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 23,000
EITC recipients: 42,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 2,000
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 12,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 12,298
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 45,163
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 12,729
Participants in all Head Start programs: 2,971
Asset poverty rate: 31.60%
Average college graduate debt: $25,815
Unbanked households: 3.0%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 12.0%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: N/A
Senior poverty rate: 9.9%
Women in poverty: 11.9%
Children in foster care: 1,407
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 2,303
Percent of children in immigrant families: 7%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 26%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 20
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.0%
Food insecurity: 7.4%
Minimum Wage: $7.25
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: N/A
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 7.5%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 12.7%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 21.3%
Poverty rate: 10.3%
Unemployment rate: 2.6%
High school graduation rate: 86.6%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 89.6%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 66%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 29.6%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 5%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.81%
Homeless people: 1,089
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 24,000
Percent renters: 36%
Total households: 316,306
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 214
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 144

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports