• SNAP Matters to Seniors in Every Community—Metros, Small Towns, and Rural Areas

    Interactive Data Tool

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    This interactive map, produced in collaboration with the AARP Foundation, shows the share of all households with seniors (60+) that participate in SNAP in each county. Each county within a state is grouped into one of three categories: Metro, Small Town, and Rural.1

    Nationally, 4.7 million households with seniors benefited from SNAP in FY 2016.2 In every county of our nation, SNAP matters to seniors, whether they live in metropolitan, small town, or rural counties.

    Use the buttons above the map to select or deselect the different categories of counties. Scroll over a county to view senior household SNAP participation percentages. Click on a county to zoom in, and click on that county again to zoom out to national scope.


    Source: FRAC analysis of 5-year American Community Survey (ACS) data, 2012-2016.

    1"Metro counties" are those contained within Metropolitan Statistical Areas, as delineated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); each of which contains at least one Census Bureau-delineated urbanized area of 50,000 or more people. "Small town counties" are those contained within Micropolitan Statistical Areas, as delineated by OMB, each containing at least one Census Bureau-delineated urban cluster of between 10,000 and 50,000 people. "Rural counties" consist of non-metropolitan and non-micropolitan areas. Margins of error were calculated based on a 90% confidence level.

    2Source: Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2016, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, November 2017.