Family Budget Factsheets

EPI’s Family Budget Calculator measures the income a family needs in order to attain a secure yet modest standard of living in 618 areas across the country. Compared with the federal poverty line, EPI’s family budgets provide a more accurate and complete measure of economic security in America. These factsheets offer a full picture of what it costs to live in a given area and how family size affects these costs.


Family Budgets in 

For a two-parent, two-child family in , it costs per month ( per year) to secure a decent yet modest standard of living.

Here’s a breakdown of how much it costs for a two-parent, two-child family to get by in :

  •  Housing: per month • of total costs
  •  Food:  per month • of total costs
  •  Child care: per month • of total costs • Costs range from  for a single-child family to  for a family with three kids.
  •  Transportation:  per month • of total costs
  •  Health care:  per month • of total costs
  •  Other necessities:  per month • of total costs
  • Taxes: per month • of total costs

In total, the cost of living for this family is in the median family budget area ($5,312/month, $63,741/year).

Budgets for different family types

Here’s how monthly budgets in , vary by family size and composition.

Source: Economic Policy Institute, August 2015. Data are in 2014 dollars.