Elder Index for CA | Past Initiative

The Elder Economic Security Index (Elder Index) is the only county-specific measure of the minimum income necessary to cover all of an older adult’s basic expenses—housing, food, health care, and transportation. The California Elder Index is available for all 58 counties across the state and the City of Los Angeles.

Click here for the Elder Index methodology and Elder Index data prior to 2011.

The new Elder Index Dashboard for 2013 and 2011 is now available, courtesy of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Long-Term Care Data

The Elder Index does not include the cost of home-based long term care assistance. In-home long term care costs can double a senior’s overall expenses. Click here for more information. Click here for more information on the Elder Index.

Interested in economic security for those under 65 years?

Click here to learn more about the Self-Sufficiency Standard, the county-and-family-specific measure of the minimum income needed for individuals and families under 65 years old.

Self Sufficiency Standard for California | Past Initiative

Please note that is a past initiative, for the most recent data please click here.

Community groups, foundations, job training organizations and public agencies in California are using a tool that has enabled them to better help their clients and members move from poverty to economic independence: the Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Standard (Self-Sufficiency Standard). This measures how much income is needed for families of various compositions living in different counties to adequately meet their minimal basic needs. It is based on the costs families face on a daily basis – housing, food, child care, out-of-pocket medical expenses, transportation and other necessary spending. The Self-Sufficiency Standard provides a more complete picture of what it takes for families to make ends meet in contrast to the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). By using the Self-Sufficiency Standard, we can see that the number of families struggling to make ends meet is actually larger than commonly recognized. As a result, those families’ needs are rarely recognized by public agencies that use traditional measures of poverty.
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Metrics Matter: An Innovation Network for Economic Security | Past Initiative

How do we mobilize campaigns and develop systems to support, rather than hinder, families in their own efforts towards economic stability?

Metrics Matter is an innovation network for national, state and local leaders promoting economic security who:

  • Build public will for more inclusive public policies and practices;
  • Use an age, gender or race lens in their research, advocacy or services;
  • Connect with local organizations and communities;
  • Devise or use improved economic security indicators to track family economic security.


What We Do

Through greater collaboration, peer learning, and shared frameworks, Metrics Matter increases the knowledge and impact of national and state organizations and coalitions focused on economic security.  Specifically, we aim to:

  • Identify best practices and opportunities for innovation when measuring and promoting economic security;
  • Elevate the economic security field around common principles and shared learning;
  • Ensure there are race, age, gender and geographic lenses when analyzing who is economically secure or insecure.


The Insight Center supports the network and organizes national convenings, webinars and listservs to deepen communications and peer learning among state, local, and national leaders.