Special Report

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

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25. Virginia
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 18.1 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 6.8% (16th lowest)
> Median family income: $93,284 (7th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $559 (18th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 21.9% (18th highest)

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24. South Dakota
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 18.1 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 8.0% (25th lowest)
> Median family income: $77,042 (24th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $630 (14th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 45.0% (3rd highest)

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23. Nevada
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 17.7 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 9.0% (19th highest)
> Median family income: $74,077 (18th lowest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $386 (17th lowest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 29.0% (11th highest)

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22. Illinois
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 16.2 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 8.4% (23rd highest)
> Median family income: $86,251 (16th highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $543 (20th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 4.4% (the lowest)

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21. New Jersey
> Families receiving TANF benefits: 15.9 for every 100 poor families
> Family poverty rate: 7.0% (18th lowest)
> Median family income: $104,804 (3rd highest)
> Max. monthly benefit for single-parent family of three: $559 (18th highest)
> State TANF spending allocated to basic cash assistance: 5.5% (6th lowest)

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