Special Report

The Income a Family Needs to Cover Normal Living Expenses in Every State

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South Dakota
> Annual cost of living (family of 4): $78,824 (17th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 4): $9,670 (4th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 4): $9,546 (23rd lowest)
> Median family income: $77,042 (24th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.5% (20th highest)

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Tennessee
> Annual cost of living (family of 4): $74,197 (7th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 4): $10,906 (18th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 4): $9,595 (24th lowest)
> Median family income: $68,793 (9th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 4.1% (10th highest)

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Texas
> Annual cost of living (family of 4): $76,087 (10th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 4): $13,475 (22nd highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 4): $8,660 (4th lowest)
> Median family income: $76,073 (22nd lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.9% (12th highest)

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Utah
> Annual cost of living (family of 4): $80,653 (23rd lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 4): $12,508 (24th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 4): $9,239 (14th lowest)
> Median family income: $84,590 (18th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.1% (3rd lowest)

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Vermont
> Annual cost of living (family of 4): $94,517 (8th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 4): $14,321 (16th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 4): $11,430 (4th highest)
> Median family income: $83,023 (19th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.5% (8th lowest)

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