Self-Sufficiency

Percentage of Households Living in Poverty and Below Self-Sufficiency Standards

Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, San Francisco, and California | 2012 & 2018

Share of Households Living Below the Self-Sufficiency Standard, by Race/Ethnicity of Householder
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
2012 2018
Asian/Pacific Islander 23.8% 26.0%
Black 33.6% 45.2%
Hispanic or Latino 58.8% 57.2%
White 19.0% 17.6%
Other 30.8% 35.5%

Data Source:

Center for Women’s Welfare, University of Washington

United States Department of Health & Human Services

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Data is from the Self-Sufficiency Standard for California, from the Center for Women’s Welfare at the University of Washington School of Social Work. Silicon Valley data includes Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Developed by Dr. Diana Pearce, the Self-Sufficiency Standard defines the amount of income necessary to meet basic needs (including taxes) without public subsidies (e.g., public housing, food stamps, Medicaid or child care) and without private/informal assistance (e.g., free babysitting by a relative or friend, food provided by churches or local food banks, or shared housing). The family types for which a Standard is calculated range from one adult with no children, to one adult with one infant, one adult with one preschooler, and so forth, up to three-adult households with six teenagers. Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, White, and Other are non-Hispanic or Latino. 2012 data was based on 2012 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates; 2018 data was based on the 2016 ACS 1-Year Estimates, with updated cost estimates and earnings inflation-adjusted to 2018.

The Self-Sufficiency Standard defines the amount of income necessary to meet basic needs without public subsidies or private/informal assistance. Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, White, and Other are non-Hispanic or Latino.

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