Special Report

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


To determine the income it takes for a family meet basic needs in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed March 2018 data on the yearly income a two-parent, no children family needs in order to maintain a modest yet adequate standard of living from the Economic Policy Institute’s Family Budget Calculator. Income estimates account for expenses related to housing, food, transportation, health care, taxes, and other necessities, and were aggregated from the county to the state level.

Data on median family income and the percentage of families earning $10,000 or less came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey. All data are for the most recent year available.