Self-Sufficiency Standard


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.


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The Missouri Department of Economic Development helps create greater opportunities for Missourians to prosper. The former Missouri Women’s Council within the Department was the partner for the calculation of the 2002 Standard. Read more.

The Council used the Standard to inform the public on costs and design public policies to support Missouri families.

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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The Standard in Use - Missouri