Self Sufficiency Calculator

What is Self Sufficiency?


This Calculator includes a variety of resources, including the Self Sufficiency Standard.

The Self Sufficiency Standard measures how much income is needed for a family of a given composition - ranging from a one person household to a large family - in a given place, to adequately meet its basic needs without any public or private assistance.

Using the Calculator you can look at your overall budget, see the Self Sufficiency Standard cost-of-living approximation for your family type, and learn about resources that can assist you in planning and making progress toward economic Self Sufficiency


The Self Sufficiency Calculator can help you:

  1. Plan and develop career goals so you can work towards a better paying job.
  2. Decide if a job you are considering will pay enough to meet your family's needs.
  3. Determine if you might be eligible for public benefits that can help with expenses like health care or child care.
  4. Test and compare different work or living options and see how they affect your bottom line.
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