Definition: The Self-Sufficiency Standard measures how much income is needed for a family of a certain composition living in a particular county to adequately meet its basic needs (e.g., in 2014 in California, a family with two working adults, one preschooler, and one school-age child needed a total annual income of $63,979).
Footnote: The Self-Sufficiency Standard is based on the costs families face on a daily basis – housing, food, child care, out-of-pocket medical expenses, transportation, and other necessary spending. The model assumes that all adults work full time. California figures are an average of all county-level figures per household type. For more information, see http://www.selfsufficiencystandard.org/pubs.html.