Poverty Status

Percentage of the Population Living in Poverty

San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties, San Francisco, California, and the United States

Share of Children Living in Poverty
2013-2015
2013 2014 2015
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties 12% 9% 9%
San Francisco 12% 12% 11%
California 23% 23% 21%
United States 22% 22% 21%

Data Source:

U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Data for the percentage of the population living in poverty are from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 1-year estimates. Silicon Valley data include San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Data for the share of children living in poverty include the population under age 18. Following the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s) Directive 14, the Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who is in poverty. If the total income for a family or unrelated individual falls below the relevant poverty threshold (e.g., household income of $24,250 for a family of four in 2015 within the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia), then the family (and every individual in it) or unrelated individual is considered in poverty.

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