Family Budget Map

EPI's Family Budget Calculator measures the income a family needs in order to attain a modest yet adequate standard of living. The budgets estimate community-specific costs for 10 family types (one or two adults with zero to four children) in all counties and metro areas in the United States. Compared with the federal poverty line and the Supplemental Poverty Measure, EPI's family budgets provide a more accurate and complete measure of economic security in America.

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The cost of living for a two-parent, two-child family in ••• is:

••• per year
••• per month
  • Housing: •••/month
  • Food: •••/month
  • Child care: •••/month
  • Transportation: •••/month
  • Health care: •••/month
  • Other necessities: •••/month
  • Taxes: •••/month

Source: Economic Policy Institute Family Budget Calculator, January 2024. Data are in 2023 dollars. Download the full dataset

Note: Please see our user’s guide on ways to turn our family budgets into potential living wage standards. Download our list of these living wage standards for all counties, states, and metro areas.


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