Poverty Status

Percentage of the Population Living in Poverty

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

Data Source:

United States 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 (ACS) 1-Year Estimates; 2020 data are from the 2020 1-Year Public Use Microdata (PUMS) with experimental weights. Data by race and ethnicity are from the ACS 5-Year Estimates for 2015-2019. Silicon Valley includes San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. 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 $26,200 for a family of four in 2020 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.

*2020 estimate from 1-year American Community Survey microdata with experimental weights.

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