Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 103,122
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 693,000
EITC recipients: 914,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 26,000
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 229,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 407,336
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 1,180,198
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 221,746
Participants in all Head Start programs: 35,365
Asset poverty rate: 27.5%
Average college graduate debt: $29,579
Unbanked households: 5.8%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 20.1%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 364,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 36%
Senior poverty rate: 7.7%
Women in poverty: 15.1%
Children in foster care: 13,725
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 66,030
Percent of children in immigrant families: 8%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 37%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 22
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 10.0%
Food insecurity: 15.1%
Minimum Wage: $8.30
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 244,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 6.0%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 25.4%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 31.1%
Poverty rate: 14.0%
Unemployment rate: 5.1%
High school graduation rate: 80.7%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 87.6%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 64%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 27.5%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.66%
Homeless people: 10,095
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 358,000
Percent renters: 34%
Total households: 4,667,192
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 444
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 2,163

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