Special Report

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

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Hawaii
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $69,205 (the highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $16,610 (the highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $8,822 (the highest)
> Median family income: $96,462 (6th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.0% (24th highest – tied)

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Idaho
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $48,164 (9th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $7,732 (7th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,142 (25th highest)
> Median family income: $72,365 (13th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.3% (7th lowest – tied)

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Illinois
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $53,233 (19th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $11,018 (18th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,743 (11th lowest)
> Median family income: $87,771 (15th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.9% (24th lowest – tied)

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Indiana
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $46,807 (5th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $8,105 (14th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,493 (the lowest)
> Median family income: $73,876 (16th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.2% (21st highest – tied)

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Iowa
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $48,542 (11th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $7,505 (5th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,631 (5th lowest)
> Median family income: $78,152 (25th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.8% (22nd lowest – tied)