Special Report

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

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Massachusetts
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $58,129 (10th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $14,163 (6th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,777 (4th highest)
> Median family income: $108,348 (the highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.6% (5th lowest – tied)

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Michigan
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $47,086 (6th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $8,521 (21st lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,787 (13th lowest)
> Median family income: $75,703 (20th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.4% (19th highest – tied)

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Minnesota
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $53,246 (18th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $9,596 (24th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,167 (22nd highest)
> Median family income: $93,584 (9th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 1.9% (2nd lowest)

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Mississippi
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $48,125 (8th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $7,784 (9th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,123 (24th lowest)
> Median family income: $58,503 (the lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 5.7% (2nd highest)

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Missouri
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $48,606 (12th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $7,888 (11th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,738 (10th lowest)
> Median family income: $73,457 (15th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.4% (19th highest – tied)