Self-Sufficiency Standard

New Jersey

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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Legal Services in New Jersey supports access to essential civil legal aid for all economically disadvantaged people and addresses recurrent problems impacting the lives of low-income people. Read more.

Legal Services uses the Standard to support their research on the real cost of living and more accurate indicators of poverty.

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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