The Income a Family Really Needs to Avoid Poverty in Every State

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South Dakota
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $47,393 (17th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $7,057 (3rd lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,965 (19th highest)
> Median family income: $72,183 (23rd lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.3% (25th highest)

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Tennessee
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $47,398 (18th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $7,927 (16th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,892 (24th highest)
> Median family income: $65,656 (9th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 4.5% (8th highest)

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Texas
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $46,717 (13th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $9,649 (20th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,311 (2nd lowest)
> Median family income: $71,868 (20th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 4.2% (12th highest)

Utah
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $47,333 (16th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $8,899 (25th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,585 (14th lowest)
> Median family income: $81,599 (16th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.3% (3rd lowest)

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Vermont
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $58,372 (5th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $10,941 (13th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $7,031 (2nd highest)
> Median family income: $80,452 (18th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.9% (21st lowest)