Special Report

States Where It's Most Difficult to Get Welfare - Even If You Need It

Source: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images News via Getty Images

10. Alabama
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 7.4 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 11.6% (7th highest)
> Median family income: $66,772 (7th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $215 (2nd lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 8.0% (11th lowest)

Source: Spencer Platt / Getty Images News via Getty Images

9. Wyoming
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 7.4 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 6.7% (14th lowest)
> Median family income: $81,290 (20th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $726 (6th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 38.9% (5th highest)

Source: Gregory Clifford / iStock Editorial via Getty Images

8. Arizona
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 6.2 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 10.1% (13th highest)
> Median family income: $73,456 (17th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $278 (7th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 12.7% (18th lowest)

Source: usdagov / Flickr / Public Domain

7. Georgia
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 6.0 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 10.6% (10th highest)
> Median family income: $74,127 (19th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $280 (8th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 22.7% (16th highest)

Source: DenisTangneyJr / Getty Images

6. Indiana
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 5.4 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 8.9% (21st highest)
> Median family income: $73,265 (16th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $288 (9th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 4.8% (3rd lowest)

Sponsored: Tips for Investing

A financial advisor can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of investment properties. Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to three financial advisors who serve your area, and you can interview your advisor matches at no cost to decide which one is right for you. If you’re ready to find an advisor who can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.

Investing in real estate can diversify your portfolio. But expanding your horizons may add additional costs. If you’re an investor looking to minimize expenses, consider checking out online brokerages. They often offer low investment fees, helping you maximize your profit.