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The Center for Women’s Welfare Self-Sufficiency Standard Calculator 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. Users can explore how the cost of living at a basic needs level changes across counties and family types.
Explore the different ways the Standard is used to create online tools that help users quickly and easily access the data. Additionally, online policy tools, such as our American Families Plan analysis, help understand what families need to meet basic needs.
Looking for tools to educate others on the Self-Sufficiency Standard? Explore our handouts, sample slides, and recordings for promoting the Standard.
The official poverty measure is outdated. Read how the Standard was developed to address the shortcomings of the official poverty measure.