Research Brief

Poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area

March 2015

This research brief examines aspects of poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area, its regional distribution and areas of intense concentration, as well as the demographics of the impoverished population.

For the purposes of this research brief, estimates of the impoverished population are based on the federal poverty thresholds which ranged from $11,490 for a one-person household to $23,550 for a family of four, to $39,630+ for a household with eight or more people in 2013. Households with annual incomes below the appropriate threshold are determined to be living in poverty. These thresholds are intended to provide an indication of the population share that lacks resources for basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. However, for expensive regions such as the Bay Area, this measure likely underestimates the extent of economic hardship.