Children receiving public assistance

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Definitions: Percent of children in families with supplemental security income, cash public assistance income, or Food Stamps/SNAP

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Various Years, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. Table B09010: Receipt of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Cash Public Assistance Income, or Food Stamps/SNAP in the Past 12 Months by Household Type for Children Under 18 Years in Households - Universe: Population Under 18 Years in Households.

Technical Note:
Please note, the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates provide average characteristics aggregated over a 5-year period. The primary advantage of using multiyear estimates is the increased statistical reliability of the data for less populated areas and small population subgroups. However, 5-year estimates are less current than single year estimates (i.e., since they are derived from averages over five calendar years) and should not be compared to single year estimates. The Census Bureau suggests comparing periods that do not overlap, such as comparing 2007-2011 with 2012-2016, which means waiting longer to identify a trend. However, in areas undergoing fundamental shifts in the size or composition of the population, change may be so substantial that it will be obvious after only a few years. Please see the ACS data use handbook for more information (https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2008/acs/ACSGeneralHandbook.pdf).

Estimates for Kauai County in 2011 and 2010; Maui County in 2010 only offer medium reliability and should be used with caution. For more information, contact the Center on the Family. 

A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at the link in the footnotes below.

Footnotes: Children receiving public assistance.