Nearly all products and services, even necessities like groceries, have seen price increases due to inflation. A carton of eggs priced 32 percent more in May than it did a year earlier. American households now spend $311 more each month on essentials than they did a year ago, according to a study by Moody’s Analytics.
Millions more Americans may need to rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Aid Program, the federal government’s food assistance program, to withstand the price increases.
By 2020, 13.8 million households in the United States, or almost one in ten, were receiving SNAP payments, formerly known as food stamps. On a more local level, there are numerous wealthy communities where receiving SNAP benefits is not all that prevalent.
24/7 Wall St. used five-year estimates of the proportion of families who got SNAP benefits in the previous 12 months from the 2020 American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau to identify the 50 metropolitan regions with the lowest SNAP recipiency rates. 11.4 percent of American families as of 2020 got SNAP assistance. That percentage of households varies throughout the 50 metro regions on this list, from 7.5% to as little as 4.1%.
Income is the main determinant of SNAP eligibility, while other elements including assets and household composition also have an influence. Therefore, as could be predicted, fewer households receive SNAP assistance in metro areas with greater earnings. The typical household income throughout the country is $64,994. 35 of the 50 cities on this list have greater median household earnings than the average.
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The typical household earns $129,343 in the San Jose metropolitan statistical region, which has the second-lowest SNAP recipiency rate. These are the states with the highest rates of child poverty.
Since income is the main factor in SNAP eligibility, unemployment has a significant impact on the number of people who get benefits since unemployed employees are more likely to have little to no income. All but three of the metro areas on this list have five-year average unemployment rates that are lower than the 5.3% national figure.
The lowest five-year unemployment rate of any American metro region is found in the Bismarck, North Dakota, metropolitan area, at 2.4%. Since the epidemic started, these states have had the worst increases in unemployment.
24/7 Wall St. examined five-year estimates of the proportion of households who got SNAP benefits in the previous 12 months from the 2020 American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau to identify the metro areas with the lowest SNAP recipiency rates.
Our definition of metros was based on the 384 metropolitan statistical regions established by the United States Office of Management and Budget and utilized by the Census Bureau.
Based on the proportion of households that had SNAP assistance in the previous 12 months as of 2020, metro areas were rated. We utilized the number of households that had SNAP assistance in the previous 12 months to break ties.
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Five-year projections from the 2020 ACS are also available for the poverty rate, median household income, and unemployment rate. All ACS statistics are five-year estimates since the Census Bureau did not publish one-year estimates for 2020 because to problems with data collecting brought on by the COVID-19 epidemic.