The Self-Sufficiency Standard

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How much is enough in Wyoming?

The Self-Sufficiency Standard Defined

The Self-Sufficiency Standard calculates how much income families of various sizes and compositions need to make ends meet at a minimally adequate level without public or private assistance. Use our self-sufficiency calculator to assess the cost of living and wages needed to get by in your county.

Housing, child care, and food account for nearly two-thirds of expenses


  • Housing = $747
  • Child Care = $1,211
  • Food = $805
  • Transportation = $421
  • Health Care = $511
  • Miscellaneous = $369
  • Taxes (Net) = $308

Hourly wage to be self-sufficient varies by county


The median wage has not kept up with increase in the cost of living


Hourly wage to be self-sufficient varies by family type


Getting to Self-Sufficiency

Closing the wage gap between current wages and the Self-Sufficiency Standard requires both reducing costs and raising incomes.

How does the standard compare?



How do Wyoming’s jobs stack up?


How do work supports help families meet basic needs?


This figure show how much work supports can reduce a family’s expenses, so they can get on a lower wage until she is able to earn a Self-Sufficiency level wage.

  • A housing voucher reduces costs from $822 to $558 per month (30% of income).
  • Child care assistance reduces child care costs from $919 to $29 per month.
  • Food assistance reduces groceries from $596 to $445 per month.
  • Kid Care CHIP reduces health care costs from $446 to $152 per month.