Special Report

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

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Kansas
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $49,312 (15th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $8,056 (13th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,997 (21st lowest)
> Median family income: $79,006 (25th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.7% (17th lowest – tied)

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Kentucky
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $45,538 (4th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $7,286 (2nd lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,606 (4th lowest)
> Median family income: $66,183 (7th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 5.1% (3rd highest)

Louisiana
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $50,252 (20th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $8,851 (24th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,963 (20th lowest)
> Median family income: $65,105 (5th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 6.0% (the highest)

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Maine
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $54,976 (15th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $10,167 (19th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,986 (3rd highest)
> Median family income: $76,316 (22nd lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.6% (11th lowest – tied)

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Maryland
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $58,983 (7th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $14,919 (4th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,391 (14th highest)
> Median family income: $105,679 (3rd highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.6% (6th lowest – tied)