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Data on approved housing units and their valuations by state is from the U.S. Census Bureau Building Permits Survey. The analysis considers data from January to December 2018. State population, median income, and employment were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau 2017 and 2012 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates.

The number of households receiving federal benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, is at its lowest level in nine years, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which administers the program.

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