A family of four, with two working adults need to make $75,554 annually before taxes. To simplify, each adult would need to earn at least $18.16 per hour working full-time to survive, not thrive.
With social services only helping families under 200% of poverty, how are families making it? How is the gap being filled?
The living wage model is an alternative measure of basic needs. It is a market-based approach that draws upon geographically specific expenditure data related to a family’s likely minimum food, child care, health insurance, housing, transportation, and other basic necessities (e.g. clothing, personal care items, etc.) costs. Detailed description of the data used in the tool can be found on the landing page of each state.