Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 56,129
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 131,000
EITC recipients: 384,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 15,200
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 79,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 214,966
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 493,110
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 110,913
Participants in all Head Start programs: 17,835
Asset poverty rate: 22.5%
Average college graduate debt: $28,810
Unbanked households: 4.8%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 18.1%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 182,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 36%
Senior poverty rate: 5%
Women in poverty: 12.0%
Children in foster care: 6,539
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 61,568
Percent of children in immigrant families: 11%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 33%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 18
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 5.2%
Food insecurity: 11.6%
Minimum Wage: $7.25
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 113,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 7%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 24.1%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 29.6%
Poverty rate: 12.1%
Unemployment rate: 4.7%
High school graduation rate: 88%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 90.1%
Percent of college students with debt: 70%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 28.4%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.55%
Homeless people: 6,055
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 162,684
Percent renters: 32%
Total households: 2,293,250
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 915
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 34,600

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