California SNAP (Food Stamp) Household Statistics
The United States Department of Agriculture administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This program, previously known as food stamps, is designed to help guarantee low-income households and individuals access to a basic level of nutrition.
In California and throughout the country, SNAP households are a major focus of the American Community Survey (ACS), conducted each year by the U.S. Census Bureau. A household in California is a group of people living in a house, apartment, or other housing unit. Households may be family households or non-family households.
Unlike the Census, which is an exact count of people and households every ten years, ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample. Note that the data in this article is presented as counts of households, not of individuals.
How has the number of California households receiving SNAP changed over time?
How many California households receiving SNAP have children?
How many SNAP households in California live below poverty level?
How does the median income of California SNAP households compare to other households?
How does the median income of SNAP households vary within California?
Note: Hover over a county to view the median income for its SNAP households.
About the Data
Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates. The following tables are used:
• Households received Food Stamps/SNAP: Table B22003
• Households with Children: Table B22002
• Poverty Status: Table B22003
• Median Household Income trend and map: Table B22008
This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.