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

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40. Maryland
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 28.8 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 5.9% (3rd lowest)
> Median family income: $105,790 (2nd highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $727 (5th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 28.1% (12th highest)

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39. New Mexico
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 26.7 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 14.2% (2nd highest)
> Median family income: $62,611 (4th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $447 (22nd lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 22.5% (17th highest)

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38. Rhode Island
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 26.1 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 7.8% (24th lowest)
> Median family income: $89,330 (13th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $721 (7th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 14.0% (23rd lowest)

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37. Pennsylvania
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 25.2 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 8.1% (24th highest)
> Median family income: $80,996 (21st highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $403 (19th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 11.5% (17th lowest)

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36. Ohio
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 24.8 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 9.6% (16th highest)
> Median family income: $74,391 (20th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $512 (22nd highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 20.7% (20th highest)

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