NYC True Cost of Living: Key Findings

Explore the 2021 Self-Sufficiency Report’s interactive data sets below and learn more about what it takes to make ends meet New York City.

The Self-Sufficiency Standard (renamed the NYC True Cost of Living in 2022) 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 2021 Report found that one in three households in New York City do not earn enough to cover the city’s basic costs of living. Read the report and learn more.