New poverty statistics for the state of Illinois were released January 16*. Champaign County's poverty rate is 23.4%, an increase of 3.8% since 2010. The child poverty rate is 21.4%, a 1.2% increase over 2010. Most families in poverty are working: 84.5% of families receiving SNAP benefits have 1 or more working adults. Making ends meet continues to get tougher here in Illinois.
- Self Sufficiency wage for a One-Parent family with a preschooler and school-age child: $45,598
- Total number of people in poverty: 43,484
- Child food insecurity rate: 19.4%