Median Family Income (MFI) is important not only as a gauge of internal regional economic health, but also because many federal and state programs related to affordable housing, child care support, health care, and public education are indexed to the MFI.
MFI is calculated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a region and is not sensitive to income distribution within a region.
Low Income Families
Children Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch
Limits for both family and household income are established by metropolitan statistical area (MSA), regardless of city or county variations within the MSA. Poverty thresholds are set for the nation as a whole.