Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 107,761
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 734,000
EITC recipients: 963,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 25,600
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 202,147
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 431,254
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 1,152,976
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 234,719
Participants in all Head Start programs: 43,757
Asset poverty rate: 27.5%
Average college graduate debt: $29,391
Unbanked households: 5.8%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 20.9%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 366,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 40%
Senior poverty rate: 8.1%
Women in poverty: 15.9%
Children in foster care: 13,205
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 146,059
Percent of children in immigrant families: 7%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 38%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 23
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 10.0%
Food insecurity: 16.0%
Minimum Wage: $8.15/$7.25
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 252,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 5.6%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 28.1%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 32.3%
Poverty rate: 14.6%
Unemployment rate: 4.9%
High school graduation rate: 81.8%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 88.1%
Percent of college students with debt: 66%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 26.8%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.91%
Homeless people: 10,404
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 375,000
Percent renters: 34%
Total households: 4,624,669
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 2,490
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 70,423

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports