Special Report

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

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Virginia
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $58,400 (9th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $13,418 (8th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,452 (12th highest)
> Median family income: $93,497 (10th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.6% (9th lowest – tied)

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Washington
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $52,981 (20th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $12,132 (11th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,432 (13th highest)
> Median family income: $94,709 (8th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.6% (8th lowest – tied)

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West Virginia
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $50,798 (22nd lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $7,464 (4th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,664 (6th lowest)
> Median family income: $60,920 (2nd lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 4.9% (4th highest)

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Wisconsin
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $48,807 (14th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $8,369 (19th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,692 (7th lowest)
> Median family income: $81,829 (21st highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.3% (7th lowest – tied)

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Wyoming
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $53,548 (17th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $8,362 (18th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,288 (17th highest)
> Median family income: $79,946 (24th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.0% (25th highest – tied)

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