July 2nd, 2022 Which State has the Highest SNAP Income Limit? A 50 State Ranking

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50 State Ranking

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While the federal government sets the federal SNAP policy rules, states can use other eligibility programs to effectively raise income limits and remove assets tests. Best case scenario, states can raise the income limit for SNAP from 130% to 200% FPL (Federal Poverty Level) and completely remove the asset test. Additionally, states can choose to remove the net income test from eligibility criteria.

The following table ranks each state on how generous their eligibility criteria is -- where you can have the most income and highest assets while still being eligible for SNAP. It's a general ranking of in which states it's easiest to get SNAP benefits, and given that one could have high income and low assets, or low income and high assets, based on an individuals situation a personalized ranking would vary.

Additionally, the table below has nothing to do with SNAP benefit amounts. In fact, the factors that determine whether one would be eligible for SNAP (like the states gross income limit and asset limit) have very little to do with the states allowable net income deductions -- what types of expenses are allowed to be deducted from your income. As SNAP benefit amounts are entirely based on net income, even states that rank highly here could give relatively lower benefit amounts for the same household -- see our 50 State Benefit Map for more information.

Rank State Income Limit Asset Limit
1 Delaware 200% None
2 District of Columbia 200% None
3 Florida 200% None
4 Hawaii 200% None
5 Kentucky 200% None
6 Maryland 200% None
7 Massachusetts 200% None
8 Montana 200% None
9 Nevada 200% None
10 North Carolina 200% None
11 Oregon 200% None
12 Virginia 200% None
13 Washington 200% None
14 West Virginia 200% None
15 Wisconsin 200% None
16 California 200% None
17 Colorado 200% None
18 North Dakota 200% None
19 Michigan 200% $15,000
20 Rhode Island 185% None
21 Arizona 185% None
22 Connecticut 185% None
23 Maine 185% None
24 New Jersey 185% None
25 Vermont 185% None
26 New York 200% None
27 Virgin Islands 175% None
28 Illinois 165% None
29 Nebraska 165% $25,000
30 Pennsylvania 160% None
31 New Hampshire 185% None
32 Guam 165% None
33 Minnesota 165% None
34 New Mexico 165% None
35 Iowa 160% None
36 Oklahoma 130% None
37 Louisiana 130% None
38 Ohio 130% None
39 Alabama 130% None
40 Georgia 130% None
41 South Carolina 130% None
42 Texas 165% $5,000
43 Indiana 130% $5,000
44 Idaho 130% $5,000
45 Alaska 130% $2,500
46 Arkansas 130% $2,500
47 Kansas 130% $2,500
48 Mississippi 130% $2,500
49 Missouri 130% $2,500
50 South Dakota 130% $2,500
51 Tennessee 130% $2,500
52 Utah 130% $2,500
53 Wyoming 130% $2,500

While New York and New Hampshire have high income limits for those with dependents, households without dependents must meet significantly lower income limits.

For states that are tied, whether the state has a strict net income test, more generous criteria for households that have someone who is 60+ or has a disability, or better child support treatment options was used as a tiebreaker. However, states that appear identical in the metrics listed in the chart would likely have a 99% overlap in eligibility clients in practice, with all the non-BBCE states (those with $2,500 asset limits) being essentially identical.

There may be other factors that make SNAP eligibility more limiting in some states that aren't accounted for here.

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