Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 41,243
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 131,000
EITC recipients: 391,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 15,200
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 66,670
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 225,800
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 490,939
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 100,152
Participants in all Head Start programs: 17,835
Assets
Asset poverty rate: 24.0%
Average college graduate debt: $29,159
Unbanked households: 3.4%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 15.9%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 176,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 36%
Senior poverty rate: 7.6%
Women in poverty: 12.8%
Family
Children in foster care: 7,091
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 48,462
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: 16
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 7.0%
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: 114,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 5.3%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 23.9%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 29.6%
Poverty rate: 11.8%
Unemployment rate: 4.1%
Education
High school graduation rate: 88.6%
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%
Housing
Home foreclosure rate: 1.35%
Homeless people: 5,685
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 160,000
Percent renters: 33%
Total households: 2,326,998
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 915
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 33,913

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