January County Explorer update: SNAP benefits, childhood poverty and more

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New data in January


SNAP Benefits

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.*


Childhood Poverty

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.†


State Homelessness

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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