MIT’s Living Wage Calculator points to the minimum amount of income necessary for a family of 3 to meet their basic needs without having to rely upon other people or programs for assistance and without having to get into poverty.

In addition to factoring in housing and grocery costs, MIT included fundamentals such as childcare costs, health insurance, basic clothing, etc. MIT did not include “extras” such as vacations, restaurants and investment money.

Take a look at total annual income levels before taxes, estimated housing costs and estimated food costs in every state. Thanks to Ernie Martin of CNBC for his article.

Aerial View of Downtown Montgomery, Alabama

Alabama

  • Income before taxes – $50,585
  • Estimated housing costs – $9,086
  • Estimated food costs – $6,832

Alaska

  • Income before taxes – $62,102
  • Estimated housing costs – $15,239
  • Estimated food costs – $8,154

Arizona

  • Income before taxes – $56,189
  • Estimated housing costs – $11,484
  • Estimated food costs – $8,154

Arkansas

  • Income before taxes – $49,970
  • Estimated housing costs – $8,584
  • Estimated Food costs – $6,832

California

  • Income before taxes – $68,190
  • Estimated housing costs – $19,875
  • Estimated food costs – $8,154

Colorado

  • Income before taxes – $62,950
  • Estimated housing costs – $14,799
  • Estimated food costs – $8,154

Delaware

  • Income before taxes – $58,886
  • Estimated housing costs – $13,456
  • Estimated food costs – $6,832

Florida

  • Income before taxes – $57,029
  • Estimated housing costs – $13,259
  • Estimated food costs – $6,832

Georgia

  • Income before taxes – $54,964
  • Estimated housing costs – $10,932
  • Estimated food costs – $6,832

Hawaii

  • Income before taxes – $62,413
  • Estimated housing costs – $22,314
  • Estimated food costs – $8,154

Idaho

  • Income before taxes – $54,631
  • Estimated housing costs – $9,609
  • Estimated food costs – 8,154

Illinois

  • Income before taxes – $59,498
  • Estimated housing costs – $12,564
  • Estimated food costs – $6,979

Indiana

  • Income before taxes – $52,207
  • Estimated Housing Costs – $9,641
  • Estimated food costs – $6,979

Iowa

  • Income before taxes – $53,502
  • Estimated housing costs – $9,244
  • Estimated food costs – $6,979

Kansas

  • Income before taxes – $53,201
  • Estimated housing costs – $9,700
  • Estimated food costs – $6,979

Kentucky

  • Income before taxes – $51,925
  • Estimated housing costs – $8,872
  • Estimated food costs – 6,832

Louisiana

  • Income before taxes – $53,501
  • Estimated housing costs
  • Estimated food costs – $6,832

Maine

  • Income before taxes – $55,665
  • Estimated housing costs -0 $11,284
  • Estimated food costs – $7,933

Maryland

  • Income before taxes – $66,150
  • Estimated housing costs – $18,196
  • Estimated food costs – $6,832

Massachusetts

  • Income before taxes – $66,376
  • Estimated housing costs – $17,721
  • Estimated food costs – $7,933

Michigan

  • Income before taxes – $53,281
  • Estimated housing costs – $10,382
  • Estimated food costs – $6,979

Minnesota

  • Income before taxes – $48m537
  • Estimated housing costs – $9,009
  • Estimated food costs – $6,832

Missouri

  • Income before taxes – $53,654
  • Estimated housing costs – $9,597
  • Estimated food costs – $6,979

Montana

  • Income before taxes – $56,410
  • Estimated housing costs – $10,001
  • Estimated food costs – $8,154

Nebraska

  • Income before taxes – $54,332
  • Estimated housing costs – $9,699
  • Estimated food costs – $6,979

Nevada

  • Income before taxes – $56,277
  • Estimated housing costs – $11,581
  • Estimated food costs – $8,154

New Hampshire

  • Income before taxes – $58,161
  • Estimated housing costs – $13,761
  • Estimated food costs – $7,933

New Jersey

  • Income before taxes – $64,436
  • Estimated housing costs – $17,409
  • Estimated food costs – $7,933

New Mexico

  • Income before taxes – $56,228
  • Estimated housing costs – $9,859
  • Estimated food costs – $8,154

New York

  • Income before taxes – $67,419
  • Estimated housing costs – $17,896
  • Estimated food costs – $7,933

North Carolina

  • Income before taxes – $54,429
  • Estimated housing costs – $10,146
  • Estimated food costs – $6,832

North Dakota

  • Income before taxes – $53,161
  • Estimated housing costs -0 $10,166
  • Estimated food costs – $6,979

Ohio

  • Income before taxes – $52,013
  • Estimated housing costs – $9,450
  • Estimated food costs – $6,979

Oklahoma

  • Income before taxes – $52,805
  • Estimated housing costs – $9,544
  • Estimated food costs – $6,832

Oregon

  • Income before taxes – $59,237
  • Estimated housing costs – $13,166
  • Estimated food costs – $8,154

Pennsylvania

  • Income before taxes – $53,884
  • Estimated housing costs – $12,070
  • Estimated food costs – $7,933

Rhode Island

  • Income before taxes – $59,221
  • Estimated housing costs – $12,375
  • Estimated food costs – $7,933

South Carolina

  • Income before taxes – $52,038
  • Estimated housing costs – $10,168
  • Estimated food costs – $6,832

South Dakota

  • Income before taxes – $50,166
  • Estimated housing costs – $8,936
  • Estimated food costs – $6,979

Tennessee

  • Income before taxes – $50,152
  • Estimated housing costs – $9,723
  • Estimated food costs – $6,832

Texas

  • Income before taxes – $53,219
  • Estimated housing costs – $11,880
  • Estimated food costs – $6,832

Utah

  • Income before taxes – $54,627
  • Estimated housing costs – $10,963
  • Estimated food costs – $8,154

Vermont

  • Income before taxes – $58,841
  • Estimated housing costs – $13,774
  • Estimated food costs – $7,933

Virginia

  • Income before taxes – $62,598
  • Estimated housing costs – $14,900
  • Estimated food costs – $6,832

Washington

  • Income before taxes – $61,988
  • Estimated housing costs – $16,322
  • Estimated food costs – $8,154

West Virginia

  • Income before taxes – $50,068
  • Estimated housing costs – $8,749
  • Estimated food costs – $6,836

Wisconsin

  • Income before taxes – $56,231
  • Estimated housing costs – $10,115
  • Estimated food costs – 6,979

Wyoming

  • Income before taxes – $54,316
  • Estimated housing costs – $10,227
  • Estimated food costs – $8,154

 

*** No data available for Connecticut and Mississippi