Erie Vital Signs

Poverty and Self-Sufficiency : Self-Sufficiency

Recent Performance

This trend is slightly negative or declining.

In 2010, 25.1 percent of Erie County families had incomes that were below the “self-sufficiency” standard, the fourth highest among 10 cities and counties in Pennsylvania. This also represented a slight increase compared to the 24.0 percent figure in 2007.

The Basics

Families are considered "self-sufficient" if they have access to basic needs and resources. This indicator measures the percentage of families in an area that are below the self-sufficiency standard.

Why is this important?

Measuring self-sufficiency is important because it helps a community determine the proportion of the population that does not have the minimum level of resources which are adequate to meet basic needs. The percent of local families living below the self-sufficiency standard is one important indicator of the economic well-being of residents in an area.

The Details

The Self-Sufficiency Standard is published by Pathways PA, a nonprofit advocacy group for women and children, and measures how much income is needed for a family of a certain composition in a given county to adequately meet their basic needs—without public or private assistance. The data reveal the percentage of families in each city or county that do not have enough income to support themselves.

The Nitty-Gritty Details

Pathways PA, Self-Sufficiency & Workforce Development


This EVS indicator has no subcategories.

Peer Areas

These variables include data on the following cities and counties in Pennsylvania (which are not the same as the 13 Erie Vital Signs standard peer areas): Allentown City, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Erie City and Erie County, Lackawanna County, Lehigh County, Luzerne County, Northampton County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County.




Pathways PA, Self-Sufficiency & Workforce Development

Other Related Data

Latest Erie Data from the Economic Research Institute of Erie, at the Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend

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