Self-Sufficiency

Percentage of Households Living in Poverty and Below Self-Sufficiency Standards, 2012

Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, San Francisco, and California

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

Data Source:

Center for Women’s Welfare

United States Department of Health & Human Services

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Data is from the Self-Sufficiency Standard for California for 2012, from the Center for Women’s Welfare at the University of Washington School of Social Work. Silicon Valley data represents an average of the values of 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 two-adult families with three teenagers. Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, White, and Other are non-Hispanic or Latino.

The Self-Sufficiency Standard defines the amount of income necessary to meet basic needs without public subsidies or private/informal assistance. The federal poverty limit for Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties in 2012 ranged from $11,170 for a one-person household to $38,890+ for a household with eight or more people. The poverty limit for a family of four was $23,050. Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, White, and Other are non-Hispanic or Latino.

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