Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 9,084
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 140,000
EITC recipients: 191,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 6,500
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 20,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 44,284
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 222,301
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 61,360
Participants in all Head Start programs: 7,641
Asset poverty rate: 23.0%
Average college graduate debt: $18,921
Unbanked households: 3.3%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 13.0%
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 95,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 31%
Senior poverty rate: N/A
Women in poverty: 11.0%
Children in foster care: 2,706
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 60,552
Percent of children in immigrant families: 17%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 19%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 19
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 4.8%
Food insecurity: 14.3%
Minimum Wage: $7.25
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 49,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 12%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 26.0%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 31.3%
Poverty rate: 11.3%
Unemployment rate: 3.7%
High school graduation rate: 83%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 90.6%
Percent of college students with debt: 54%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 31.1%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.80%
Homeless people: 3,081
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 52,854
Percent renters: 30%
Total households: 896,194
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 770
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 12,600

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Work Supports