Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 9,205
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 118,000
EITC recipients: 182,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 6,400
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 20,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 31,082
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 204,373
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 53,748
Participants in all Head Start programs: 5,930
Asset poverty rate: 24.5%
Average college graduate debt: $18,810
Unbanked households: 3.9%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 10.8%
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 89,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 27%
Senior poverty rate: 6.4%
Women in poverty: 10.4%
Children in foster care: 2,838
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 11,638
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: 16
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 5.0%
Food insecurity: 12.5%
Minimum Wage: $7.25
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 40,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 9.2%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 21.0%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 29.2%
Poverty rate: 9.7%
Unemployment rate: 3.5%
High school graduation rate: 84.8%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 90.4%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 39%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 32.6%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Home foreclosure rate: 2.12%
Homeless people: 2,852
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 57,000
Percent renters: 30%
Total households: 975,448
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 237
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 453

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