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15% of Americans live below the poverty line: what income does this mean in your state

Poverty in America remains one of the most acute and entrenched social problems. Approximately 1 in 7 people living in this country has an income below the federal poverty line, which means that 14,6% of Americans earn less than $ 12 a year. With such a salary, you will need to survive about $ 490 a day, paying for everything you need, for example, rent, food and transportation, writes GOBankingRates.

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For large families of up to five people, the federal poverty line rises to $ 30 a year - or just over $ 170 a day - far from enough to maintain a comfortable standard of living.

The cost of living can also vary greatly from state to state, which means that you will encounter significant differences between federal and state poverty standards. In fact, poverty in certain areas may be more serious than national figures imply. After all, if you are extremely limited in your daily expenses, even slight differences in expected costs will ultimately eat up a larger portion of your budget. GOBankingRates conducted a study to identify the actual poverty line for families of different sizes in each state after accounting for the cost of living locally.

In some states, low-income families have slightly more financial opportunities to stay afloat. In other states, all sorts of costs can quickly accumulate for people who are already among the most vulnerable sectors of society. Regardless of whether you live alone or support a large family, researching the actual poverty line in your state can be important.

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We publish data on the states where immigrants most often settle (data are presented in order to reduce the poverty line), and a full list of states you will find here.

California

  • Actual poverty line for one person: $ 14
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 2: $ 19
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 3: $ 24
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 4: $ 29
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 5: $ 34

Florida

  • Actual poverty line for one person: $ 12
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 2: $ 16
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 3: $ 21
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 4: $ 25
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 5: $ 30

Illinois

  • Actual poverty line for one person: $ 12
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 2: $ 16
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 3: $ 21
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 4: $ 25
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 5: $ 29

New Jersey

  • Actual poverty line for one person: $ 14
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 2: $ 19
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 3: $ 24
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 4: $ 29
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 5: $ 34

New York

  • Actual poverty line for one person: $ 14
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 2: $ 19
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 3: $ 24
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 4: $ 29
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 5: $ 34

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Oregon

  • Actual poverty line for one person: $ 12
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 2: $ 16
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 3: $ 21
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 4: $ 25
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 5: $ 30

Pennsylvania

  • Actual poverty line for one person: $ 12
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 2: $ 16
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 3: $ 20
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 4: $ 25
  • Actual poverty line for a family of 5: $ 29
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