Special Report

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

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Montana
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $52,011 (25th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $8,172 (15th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,077 (23rd lowest)
> Median family income: $73,014 (14th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.7% (18th lowest – tied)

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Nebraska
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $51,371 (24th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $7,980 (12th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,784 (12th lowest)
> Median family income: $80,062 (23rd highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.2% (5th lowest – tied)

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Nevada
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $47,864 (7th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $9,634 (23rd highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,197 (20th highest)
> Median family income: $76,124 (21st lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.2% (21st highest – tied)

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New Hampshire
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $52,897 (21st highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $11,658 (12th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,601 (8th highest)
> Median family income: $97,112 (5th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 1.6% (the lowest)

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New Jersey
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $58,924 (8th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $14,681 (5th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,564 (9th highest)
> Median family income: $105,705 (2nd highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.3% (7th lowest – tied)