Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 5,622
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 31,000
EITC recipients: 45,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 3,000
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 10,911
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 28,151
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 64,603
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 12,756
Participants in all Head Start programs: 1,737
Assets
Asset poverty rate: N/A
Average college graduate debt: $27,801
Unbanked households: 1.5%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 12.4%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 32%
Senior poverty rate: 8.7%
Women in poverty: 12.5%
Family
Children in foster care: 1,332
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 6,297
Percent of children in immigrant families: 7%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 35%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 12
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 5.0%
Food insecurity: 13.2%
Minimum Wage: $10.00
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: 3.7%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 15.7%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 24.0%
Poverty rate: 11.9%
Unemployment rate: 3.3%
Education
High school graduation rate: 87.8%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 91.0%
Percent of college students with debt: 62%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 36.9%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 5%
Housing
Home foreclosure rate: 2.18%
Homeless people: 1,117
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 15,000
Percent renters: 29%
Total households: 254,851
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 36
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 1,508

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