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


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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