Receipt of food stamps for households with children (5-year average)

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Definitions: The number and percent of households with children under 18 years old that received food stamps in the past 12 months. All figures are for households with children under the age of 18.

Data Source: Data for this measure come from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Fact Finder, American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates. 

Data were retrieved on June 30, 2017 from from http://factfinder2.census.gov (Table B22002).

*Please use these estimates with caution. The relative size of the margin of error is 10 percentage points or greater, which indicates that this estimate has a large margin of error. This generally occurs when estimate relies on small number of cases. To obtain total confidence interval values around the estimates for this indicator please contact Washington KIDS COUNT.

Footnotes: Data last updated in June 2017 by Washington KIDS COUNT.

The U.S. Census Bureau often revises previous estimates. Therefore, figures presented here may be different from figures presented elsewhere. 

The 2011-2015 ACS data release marked the seventh time that 5-year estimates were released for all areas. The ACS 2011-2015 data were collected during calendar years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

The 5-year ACS estimates represent the average characteristics over the 5-year period of time, and therefore are less current than 1-year and 3-yearACS estimates. However, these estimates are more reliable because they are based on a larger sample size and provide data for counties with populations less than 20,000. The 3-year estimates are available for geographic areas with populations of 20,000 or greater, while 1-year estimates are only published for populations of 65,000 or greater. More information about 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year ACS surveys and estimates are available online athttp://www.census.gov/acs/www/guidance_for_data_users/guidance_main/.

Eligibility for Washington State’s Basic Food Stamp Program is based on gross monthly income, household size, and monthly expenses. Benefits are provided to individuals and families with gross incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line. For more information on food stamp eligibility please see: http://foodhelp.wa.gov/basic_food.htm.