Special Report

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

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Alabama
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $50,069 (19th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $7,797 (10th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,138 (25th lowest)
> Median family income: $66,171 (6th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 4.6% (6th highest)

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Alaska
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $67,108 (2nd highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $12,335 (10th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,604 (3rd lowest)
> Median family income: $91,971 (11th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.0% (3rd lowest – tied)

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Arizona
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $54,307 (16th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $9,507 (25th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,895 (17th lowest)
> Median family income: $74,468 (17th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.9% (10th highest – tied)

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Arkansas
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $44,839 (the lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $7,041 (the lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,714 (9th lowest)
> Median family income: $62,387 (4th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.9% (11th highest – tied)

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California
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $61,900 (4th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $16,139 (2nd highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,632 (7th highest)
> Median family income: $91,377 (12th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.9% (23rd lowest – tied)