Living Wages

How much money a single person needs to earn to get by in every U.S. state

From MIT’s Living Wage Calculator which estimates the minimum income necessary for a single person to cover their living expenses and stay above the poverty line, without outside help, across the U.S.

State Required income before taxes Housing costs Food costs
Alabama $28,652 $7,357 $3,177
Alaska $31,333 $10,851 $3,792
Arizona $31,077 $9,363 $3,792
Arkansas $27,652 $6,526 $3,171
California $38,823 $15,235 $3,792
Colorado $34,009 $11,583 $3,792
Connecticut $33,240 $11,094 $3,690
Delaware $31,868 $9,765 $3,177
Florida $30,825 $10,756 $3,177
Georgia $31,940 $9,878 $3,177
Hawaii $40,412 $16,337 $3,792
Idaho $29,007 $7,047 $3,792
Illinois $31,975 $9,869 $3,246
Indiana $27,955 $7,072 $3,246
Iowa $28,327 $6,564 $3,246
Kansas $28,093 $7,154 $3,246
Kentucky $28,048 $6,510 $3,177
Louisiana $29,251 $7,981 $3,177
Maine $31,043 $8,809 $3,690
Maryland $35,879 $13,193 $3,177
Massachusetts $36,889 $15,894 $3,690
Michigan $28,354 $7,415 $3,246
Minnesota $30,997 $8,608 $3,246
Mississippi $27,936 $6,941 $3,177
Missouri $28,535 $6,976 $3,246
Montana $29,004 $7,209 $3,792
Nebraska $28,234 $6,913 $3,246
Nevada $28,442 $8,563 $3,792
New Hampshire $30,089 $10,155 $3,690
New Jersey $33,696 $12,740 $3,690
New Mexico $29,057 $7,300 $3,792
New York $38,719 $15,084 $3,690
North Carolina $30,617 $8,865 $3,177
North Dakota $27,211 $7,266 $3,246
Ohio $27,369 $6,779 $3,246
Oklahoma $28,133 $7,109 $3,177
Oregon $35,050 $11,314 $3,792
Pennsylvania $27,861 $8,443 $3,690
Rhode Island $30,763 $9,638 $3,690
South Carolina $30,328 $8,336 $3,177
South Dakota $26,225 $6,551 $3,246
Tennessee $27,563 $7,928 $3,177
Texas $29,134 $9,333 $3,177
Utah $30,211 $8,495 $3,792
Vermont $31,057 $10,061 $3,690
Virginia $34,552 $12,162 $3,177
Washington $33,982 $13,739 $3,792
West Virginia $27,837 $7,062 $3,177
Wisconsin $29,160 $7,325 $3,246
Wyoming $27,425 $7,732 $3,792