Special Report

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

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New Mexico
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $45,236 (3rd lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $8,414 (20th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,894 (16th lowest)
> Median family income: $61,826 (3rd lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 4.8% (5th highest)

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New York
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $61,975 (3rd highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $15,709 (3rd highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,767 (5th highest)
> Median family income: $89,475 (13th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.7% (12th highest – tied)

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North Carolina
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $55,129 (14th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $8,779 (22nd lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,932 (19th lowest)
> Median family income: $72,049 (12th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.7% (15th highest – tied)

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North Dakota
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $48,435 (10th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $8,320 (17th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $6,177 (21st highest)
> Median family income: $87,055 (17th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.5% (10th lowest)

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Ohio
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $45,223 (2nd lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $7,728 (6th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,708 (8th lowest)
> Median family income: $74,911 (19th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.7% (13th highest – tied)

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