Definition: Estimated percentage of households with children with incomes falling above and below the California Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Standard (e.g., in 2012, 51% of California households with children were living below the Self-Sufficiency Standard).
Data Source: Dr. Diana Pearce, Center for Women's Welfare, School of Social Work, University of Washington. Retrieved from: http://www.insightcced.org/tools-metrics/self-sufficiency-standard-tool-for-california/ (Mar. 2014).
Footnote: The Self-Sufficiency Standard measures the basic costs for housing, food, child care, health care, transportation, and other expenses, and adjusts for applicable taxes and tax credits, to define the necessary wages for families in California. The percentage of households with children living above and below the Self-Sufficiency Standard is calculated using the Standards for each county and demographic estimates from the 2012 American Community Survey (which are subject to both sampling and nonsampling error). For more information, see http://www.selfsufficiencystandard.org/pubs.html.