Q: § __.12(m) – 1: Where do institutions find income level data for geographies and individuals?
A: The median family income (MFI) levels for geographies, i.e., census tracts, are calculated using income data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and geographic definitions from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and are updated approximately every five years. Geographic income data, along with detailed information about the FFIEC’s calculation of geographic MFI data, are available on the FFIEC Web site at http://www.ffiec.gov/cra.htm.
The income levels for individuals
are calculated annually by the FFIEC using geographic definitions from the OMB, income data from the ACS, and the Consumer Price Index from the Congressional Budget Office. Individual MFI data for metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) and statewide nonmetropolitan areas, along with detailed information about the FFIEC’s calculation of individual MFI data, are available on the FFIEC Web site at http://www.ffiec.gov/cra.htm
This Interagency Q&A, and others, was released in July 2016.
The 2016 Q&As consolidates and supersedes all previously published “Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment,” and were noted as being effective immediately. They may be found here: http://www.ffiec.gov/cra/qnadoc.htm