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In more moderate-cost cities, the same family needs about $45,000 to $47,000 a year to cover the cost of day-to-day necessities. Des Moines, Detroit, San Antonio and Tampa fall into this range. The cost of living is typically less in rural areas, though there is wide variation across the country.

In the low-cost rural areas of Alamosa County, Colo., Curry County, N.M., and East Carroll Parish, La., a two-parent family with two children can make ends meet with an income of $35,000 to $37,000 a year. In rural Grays Harbor County, Wash., a basic-needs budget for this family is higher: $41,000 a year (two full-time, year-round jobs paying $10 an hour)--National Center for Children in Poverty

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