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

Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, San Francisco, California, with comparison regions | 2018

Data Source:

Center for Women’s Welfare, University of Washington


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. 2018 data was based on the 2016 ACS 1-Year Estimates, with updated cost estimates and earnings inflation-adjusted to 2018. Self-Sufficiency wages are for 2020. New York City and Colorado Self-Sufficiency data are from Dr. Diana Pearce, Overlooked & Undercounted 2018, Brief 2. A City Evolving How Making Ends Meet has Changed in New York City (University of Washington School of Social Work , Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement, and United Way of New York City, 2018) and Overlooked & Undercounted 2018, Struggling To Make Ends Meet In Colorado(University of Washington School of Social Work & Colorado Center on Law and Policy, December 2018).

The Self-Sufficiency Standard defines the amount of income necessary to meet basic needs without public subsidies or private/informal assistance.

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