Self-Sufficiency Standard

North Carolina

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.


United Way of North Carolina works collectively with 50 local United Ways to solve their communities’ most pressing problems and create a North Carolina where everyone can thrive. Read more.

The United Way uses the Standard to help develop sustainable solutions and strategies to support families in achieving financial stability. They developed a toolkit to help their partner organizations apply the Standard to their work.

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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