Peer regions were chosen for their comparable size and composition. These same regions have been used for comparison in multiple other studies and reports.
Source: U.S. Census, 2012-2016 5-Year Estimate American Community Survey.
The jurisdictions in the CRC-footprint include: the City of Richmond, the Town of Ashland, and the Counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
* Includes the Town of Ashland
Why It's Important
This indicator measures the percentage of the population relying on federal assistance through SNAP (former “food stamps”) to make ends meet. It includes general assistance and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). SNAP helps low income families who qualify with coupons or cards than can be used to purchase food.
In the Richmond Region, the percent of households receiving SNAP has increased from 11.1% to 11.2% since 2013.