Special Report

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

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30. Wisconsin
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 20.2 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 6.8% (16th lowest)
> Median family income: $80,844 (22nd highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $653 (12th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 13.0% (19th lowest)

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29. Colorado
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 19.9 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 6.1% (4th lowest)
> Median family income: $92,752 (8th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $508 (23rd highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 17.8% (23rd highest)

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28. Nebraska
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 19.7 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 6.6% (11th lowest)
> Median family income: $80,125 (24th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $485 (23rd lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 27.3% (15th highest)

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27. Alaska
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 19.5 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 7.0% (18th lowest)
> Median family income: $92,648 (10th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $923 (2nd highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 49.7% (2nd highest)

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26. West Virginia
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 19.2 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 12.3% (4th highest)
> Median family income: $61,707 (2nd lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $542 (21st highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 27.8% (14th highest)

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