Self-Sufficiency Standard for California

The Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Standard ( Self-Sufficiency Standard) measures the minimum income necessary to cover all of a non-elderly (under 65 years old) individual or family’s basic expenses - housing, food, child care, health care, transportation, and taxes  - without public or private assistance. The California Self-Sufficiency Standard is available for all 58 counties across the state.

This tool allows you to look up the Self-Sufficiency Standard for a specific county and household type in California.

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Interested in economic security for those 65 years and older? Click here to learn more about the Elder Index, the county-specific measure of the minimum income needed for individuals 65 years and older.