Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 34,405
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 316,000
EITC recipients: 351,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 10,200
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 78,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 201,396
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 502,740
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 92,443
Participants in all Head Start programs: 14,412
Assets
Asset poverty rate: 24.80%
Average college graduate debt: $31,051
Unbanked households: 3.40%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 14.00%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 162,000
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 85,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 26%
Senior poverty rate: 7.80%
Women in poverty: 11.60%
Family
Children in foster care: 7,721
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 68,084
Percent of children in immigrant families: 12%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 32%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 13.80%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.00%
Food insecurity: 10.00%
Minimum Wage: $7.25
Number of Black children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 100,000
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 43,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 5.50%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 19.10%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 26.90%
Poverty rate: 11.30%
Unemployment rate: 3.30%
Education
High school graduation rate: 88.60%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 92.20%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 63%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 30.00%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 5%
Housing
Home foreclosure rate: 0.78%
Homeless people: 5,685
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 163,900
Percent renters: 33%
Total households: 2,386,623
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 391
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 630

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.

TAX & ASSET-BUILDING POLICY

FAMILY AND WORK SUPPORTS

EDUCATION