Special Report

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

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South Dakota
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $49,431 (17th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $7,361 (3rd lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,222 (19th highest)
> Median family income: $76,826 (24th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.1% (23rd highest)

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Tennessee
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $49,436 (18th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $8,268 (16th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,145 (24th highest)
> Median family income: $69,993 (9th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.7% (16th highest – tied)

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Texas
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $48,725 (13th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $10,063 (20th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,539 (2nd lowest)
> Median family income: $76,727 (23rd lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.9% (9th highest – tied)

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Utah
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $49,368 (16th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $9,281 (25th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,825 (14th lowest)
> Median family income: $86,152 (18th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.0% (3rd lowest – tied)

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Vermont
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $60,882 (5th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $11,411 (13th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $7,334 (2nd highest)
> Median family income: $83,458 (19th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.6% (10th lowest – tied)

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