Explore below to learn more about the Standard, how it is calculated, how it is used, plus resources for current users.


Start here to understand what the the Self-Sufficiency Standard is and the basic overview of the Standard's frequently asked questions.


Read more about the Standard’s methodology to learn about the different criteria employed to ensure it is consistent and accurate across states, yet varied by geography and family composition.

Using the Standard

Explore examples of how to use the Standard in your own work. The Standard is used across the U.S. by academics, advocates, businesses, community organizations, governments, and others.

Understanding Poverty Measurement

Learn how the Official Poverty Measure, is increasingly problematic and outdated as a measure of income adequacy.

Self-Sufficiency Standard Calculator

View the Self-Sufficiency Standard data for your state by county and different family types.