How much families need to get by

Published On: Jul 16 2013 12:23:50 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 06 2014 02:38:46 PM CST

The Economic Policy Institute has calculated how much families need to have "an adequate but modest" standard of living based on the cost of housing, food, transportation, health care, child care, taxes and other necessities around the country. Take a look at what a family of two parents and two children would need in 20 large metro areas to meet this standard.

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San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

Annual total: $73,473

Monthly total: $6,123

Monthly housing: $1,382

Monthly food: $754

Monthly child care: $953

Monthly transportation: $607

Monthly health care: $1,354

Monthly other necessities: $547

Monthly taxes: $526

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