Self-Sufficiency Standard

Washington State

The Center for Women’s Welfare Self-Sufficiency Standard defines the income working families need to meet a minimum yet adequate level, taking into account family composition, ages of children, and geographic differences in costs. The Standard is an affordability and living wage economic security measure that provides an alternative to the official poverty measure.


The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) creates career pathways for adults and youth through demand-driven workforce and training programs. Read more.

WDC uses the Standard in their Self-Sufficiency Calculator to support good career planning, help individuals understand where they are starting, explore options, and make decisions about what to do next.

How to cite

All Self-Sufficiency Standard data that has been produced by the Center for Women’s Welfare is publicly available. When using the data, please credit the Self-Sufficiency Standard at the Center for Women’s Welfare, University of Washington.

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