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Safety Net Almanac Data

About the Safety Net Almanac Data
These datasets were used to support the data visualizations for the Urban Institute's Safety Net Almanac .

The Safety Net Almanac brings together information about government programs that serve people in need.

The Safety Net Almanac features summaries of each program, legislative histories, and interactive graphics that illustrate who's receiving help and what the costs are for states and the federal government..

The Almanac includes eight major programs serving low-income families and individuals.

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Medicaid and CHIP
  • Child care assistance
  • Housing assistance
  • Unemployment Insurance

Data for the different programs have been stored in a common format described in the "data dictionary fields" sheet. The reference table "statistics_ref" gives information on all statistics stored in the database. Statistics are time series, stored in various time frames within 1969 – 2012 (current release), at national and state levels.

Each statistic has a unique "StatID," and statistics are grouped by programs (as defined in the "programs" section of the data dictionary spreadsheet).

These fields are compatible with DCAT, an RDF vocabulary designed to facilitate interoperability between data catalogs published on the Web.
Release Date
Homepage URL
Data Standard
Temporal Coverage
1969-01-01 00:00 to 2012-12-31 00:00
Time series, state and national statistics
Urban Institute
Contact Name
Douglas Murray
Data Dictionary Type
Contact Email
Public Access Level
These fields are specific to Urban Institute.
Data Dictionary Files
Geographic Level
Data Value
Original Data Source
Universe Target Population
Low-income families and individuals in the US
Data Quality or Limitations

Data last updated in 2012.

Urban Publications
Citation Requirements

Urban Institute. 2019. Safety Net Almanac Data. Accessible from . Data originally sourced from , developed at the Urban Institute, and made available under the ODC-BY 1.0 Attribution License.