Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 11,000
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 66,000
EITC recipients: 81,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 4,000
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 36,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 29,772
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 123,104
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 19,501
Participants in all Head Start programs: 2,781
Asset poverty rate: 25.6%
Average college graduate debt: $30,549
Unbanked households: 5.0%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 16.3%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 29%
Senior poverty rate: 9.0%
Women in poverty: 13.1%
Children in foster care: 1,654
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 3,994
Percent of children in immigrant families: 26%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 38%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 13
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 8.0%
Food insecurity: 12.1%
Minimum Wage: $10.10
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: 4.6%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 20.3%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 27.1%
Poverty rate: 11.6%
Unemployment rate: 4.4%
High school graduation rate: 83.2%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 83.7%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 64%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 34.1%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 3%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.70%
Homeless people: 1,180
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 42,000
Percent renters: 40%
Total households: 408,748
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 178
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 198

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports