Special Report

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

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Alabama
> Annual cost of living (family of 4): $79,057 (18th lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 4): $9,784 (6th lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 4): $9,631 (25th lowest)
> Median family income: $66,772 (7th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 4.6% (6th highest)

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Alaska
> Annual cost of living (family of 4): $94,945 (7th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 4): $14,566 (14th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 4): $9,419 (21st lowest)
> Median family income: $92,648 (10th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 2.5% (9th lowest)

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Arizona
> Annual cost of living (family of 4): $84,889 (19th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 4): $13,875 (18th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 4): $9,338 (18th lowest)
> Median family income: $73,456 (17th lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.9% (14th highest)

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Arkansas
> Annual cost of living (family of 4): $70,474 (2nd lowest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 4): $8,993 (the lowest)
> Annual food costs (family of 4): $8,838 (5th lowest)
> Median family income: $62,067 (3rd lowest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 4.4% (7th highest)

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California
> Annual cost of living (family of 4): $101,407 (4th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 4): $23,734 (the highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 4): $10,543 (10th highest)
> Median family income: $89,798 (12th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.1% (25th lowest)

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