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The Economic Policy Institute’s 2015 family budget calculator

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Economic Policy Institute
Publication Date: 
1 Aug 2015



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 618 locations. Compared with the federal poverty line and Supplemental Poverty Measure, EPI’s family budgets provide a more accurate and complete measure of economic security in America. Budgets are in 2014 dollars. Numbers may not sum due to rounding.