Self-Sufficiency – Calculator

Learn what actual monthly costs are for basic needs in each NYC borough, and what income is needed to meet those expenses.

The Self-Sufficiency Standard measures how much income is needed to meet NYC families’ basic necessities – including housing, food, health care, and childcare – without any public or private assistance. The 2018 Self-Sufficiency Standard Report found that two in five households in New York City do not earn enough to cover the city’s basic costs of living. Read the report and learn more here.