Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 34,945
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 275,000
EITC recipients: 265,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 8,200
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 56,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 61,608
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 413,573
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 89,534
Participants in all Head Start programs: 13,321
Asset poverty rate: 30.1%
Average college graduate debt: $27,108
Unbanked households: 5.1%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 16.2%
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 126,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 30%
Senior poverty rate: 8.7%
Women in poverty: 14.1%
Children in foster care: 7,625
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 16,200
Percent of children in immigrant families: 22%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 31%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 17
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 7.0%
Food insecurity: 12.9%
Minimum Wage: $10.75
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 65,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 6.8%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 15.4%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 31.8%
Poverty rate: 13.2%
Unemployment rate: 4.1%
High school graduation rate: 74%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 88.6%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 57%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 32.7%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.02%
Homeless people: 13,953
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 153,000
Percent renters: 39%
Total households: 1,603,635
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 378
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 1,113

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports