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Resource | Research, Analysis & Background | Participation Characteristics SNAP Community Characteristics

Review your statewide factsheet for information about SNAP participation, food insecurity, and SNAP's economic impact in your state.

06/23/2023
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SNAP Household Characteristics and Participation Rates

These interactive graphics describe the economic and demographic characteristics of households participating in SNAP by state and over time, as well as SNAP participation rates by state and by household characteristic.

07/15/2019
Resource | Research | Participation Characteristics Characteristics of SNAP Households: FY 2010

This report describes the characteristics of SNAP households and participants nationwide in fiscal year 2010. It also presents an overview of SNAP eligibility requirements and benefit levels in fiscal year 2010. 

09/21/2011
Resource | Research | Participation Characteristics Characteristics of SNAP Households: FY 2017

The Characteristics report is published annually, dating back to 1976, and provides information about the demographic and economic circumstances of SNAP households. Using a sample of SNAP Quality Control (QC) data that is representative at both the state and national level, this report summarizes the characteristics of households and individuals who participated in SNAP in fiscal year 2017.

02/26/2019
Resource | Research | Participation Characteristics Characteristics of SNAP Households: FY 2011

This report describes the characteristics of SNAP households and participants nationwide in fiscal year 2011 (October 2010 through September 2011). It also presents an overview of SNAP eligibility requirements and benefit levels in fiscal year 2011.

11/20/2012
Resource | Research | Participation Characteristics Characteristics of SNAP Households: FY 2009

This report describes the characteristics of SNAP households and participants nationwide in fiscal year 2010 (October 2009 through September 2010). It also presents an overview of SNAP eligibility requirements and benefit levels in fiscal year 2010. 

10/18/2010
Resource | Research | Participation Characteristics Characteristics of SNAP Households: FY 2019

The Characteristics report is published annually, dating back to 1976, and provides information about the demographic and economic circumstances of SNAP households. Using a sample of SNAP Quality Control data that is representative at both the state and national level, this report summarizes the characteristics of households and individuals who participated in SNAP in fiscal year 2019.  Because SNAP is available to most low-income households, participants represent a broad cross section of the Nation's poor. 

03/29/2021
Resource | Research | Participation Characteristics Characteristics of SNAP Households: FY 2012

This annual report provides details on the demographic characteristics and economic circumstances of SNAP households at both the national and the state level.  In 2012, one-person households comprised more than half the caseload (50.3 percent) and the average SNAP household benefit declined by $7 to $274. 

02/20/2014
Resource | Research | Participation Characteristics Characteristics of SNAP Households: FY 2013

This annual report provides details on the demographic characteristics and economic circumstances of SNAP households at both the national and state level. In 2013, most participants were children or elderly - 44 percent of participants were under age 18 and 9 percent were age 60 or older. 

12/19/2014
Resource | Research | Participation Characteristics Characteristics of SNAP Households: FY 2008

This report provides information about the demographic and economic circumstances of SNAP households in fiscal year 2008. 

11/05/2009
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