In the map above, we have the SNAP benefit amounts by state for a household of 2 people with monthly income of $1800, $3000 in cash savings, $400 in monthly rent, and that pays heat, elecricity, and phone bills.
There are three eligibility tests for SNAP: the Gross Income test, the Net Income test, and the Asset test. While the baseline eligibility rules are set at a federal level, states can raise gross income limits, remove asset tests, and set utility allowance and other deduction amounts used to calculate net income—making it easier to pass the net income test.
The biggest variation in eligibility between states will often be whether or not the household is elgibile at all instead of significant variation in the dollar amount. States that have higher utility allotment amounts can give higher benefit amounts to those households eligible, as benefit amounts are dependent on households' net income. This map doesn't take into account any temporary increases to benefit amounts due to the pandemic.
Some states have some additional complexities in their SNAP elgibility rules. For this map, in New York and New Hampshire, the household has a dependent. For New York, the household is in New York City. For Alaska, the household is in Anchorage.
You can use the form below to edit the profile displayed in the map above. You can also use our 50 State SNAP Prescreener to see how we calculated these results.