Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 6,023
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 30,000
EITC recipients: 42,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 3,100
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 13,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 21,715
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 63,507
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 11,558
Participants in all Head Start programs: 1,473
Asset poverty rate: N/A
Average college graduate debt: $27,865
Unbanked households: 1.5%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 14.4%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 25%
Senior poverty rate: 7.1%
Women in poverty: 12.0%
Children in foster care: 1,323
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 1,784
Percent of children in immigrant families: 8%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 34%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 10
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 8.0%
Food insecurity: 12.1%
Minimum Wage: $10.50
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: 14.2%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 23.2%
Poverty rate: 11.3%
Unemployment rate: 3.1%
High school graduation rate: 87.7%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 90.6%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 60%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 36.4%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 7%
Home foreclosure rate: 2.12%
Homeless people: 1,225
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 15,000
Percent renters: 29%
Total households: 256,629
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 241
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 27

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Work Supports