This indicator tells us the percent of the population below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. While we often focus on individuals and families that earn incomes placing them below the federal poverty level, research in our region demonstrates that incomes above 200% of the Federal Poverty Level are necessary for many of our region’s families to achieve self-sufficiency (see, for example, www.SelfSufficiencyStandard.org). Self-sufficiency means being able to afford the costs of daily life – from housing to food, health care to transportation, and child care without public or private assistance or going into debt.
KEY FACT: 3 in 10 (25.5%) of our region’s residents currently struggle to achieve self-sufficiency. That translates to 552,953 people.