Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 112,481
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 734,000
EITC recipients: 950,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 25,600
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 231,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 459,286
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 1,262,049
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 252,919
Participants in all Head Start programs: 43,757
Asset poverty rate: 23.7%
Average college graduate debt: $29,353
Unbanked households: 7.2%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 22.5%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 365,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 40%
Senior poverty rate: 10%
Women in poverty: 16.0%
Children in foster care: 12,223
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 192,220
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: 25
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.8%
Food insecurity: 16.0%
Minimum Wage: $8.10/$7.25
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 270,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 7%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 28.4%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 32.3%
Poverty rate: 14.8%
Unemployment rate: 5.0%
High school graduation rate: 82%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 88.1%
Percent of college students with debt: 67%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 26.6%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Home foreclosure rate: 2.43%
Homeless people: 11,823
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 344,904
Percent renters: 33%
Total households: 4,570,015
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 2,490
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 71,200

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