New data in January
In 2017, county residents received $62 billion in federal funding through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
|SNAP Recipient Households
In 2017, 32% of SNAP recipient households were in a SNAP county-administered state.*
29% of counties had more than a quarter of children living in poverty in 2017.
|Medicaid and CHIP Benefits
In 2017, residents of small counties—counties with less than 50,000 residents—received more than $77 billion in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) benefits.
|Human Services Expenditures
In 2016, the nation’s counties invested more than $59 billion in human services.†
Five states saw their homeless population grow in double digits in 2017.
*10 states share SNAP administration with county agencies: California, Colorado, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.
†Data are from the US Bureau of the Census, Survey of State and Local Government Finance, which provides government finance statistics for two-thirds of counties with county governments.
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