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This map shows how much a single person needs to earn to live comfortably in every US state

This map shows the minimum amount necessary to meet basic needs without relying on outside help, including factors such as child care and health insurance, in addition to food and other regular costs. All data from MIT's Living Wage calculator.
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Depending on where you live in the United States, the amount needed to live comfortably can vary greatly. While you can get by as a single person on a $22,000 annual salary in Kentucky or Arkansas, you'll need at least $30,000 in Hawaii or Maryland.

That's according to data from MIT's living wage calculator, which determines the minimum amount necessary to meet basic needs without relying on outside help. The model takes into account factors such as food and health insurance, in addition to other regular costs.

To illustrate how these numbers vary across the U.S., CNBC Make It mapped out what a living wage would be, or how much a single person would need to earn to live "comfortably," above the poverty line, in every state, as seen above. These numbers don't include conveniences such as restaurant meals, vacations and money left over for investments.

Here's a closer look at what a living wage would be for a single adult in every U.S. state.

Alabama
  • Total required income before taxes: $23,180
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,947
  • Estimated food costs: $2,986
Alaska
  • Total required income before taxes: $25,956
  • Estimated housing costs: $10,060
  • Estimated food costs: $3,564
Arizona
  • Total required income before taxes: $23,336
  • Estimated housing costs: $7,318
  • Estimated food costs: $3,564
Arkansas
  • Total required income before taxes: $21,597
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,182
  • Estimated food costs: $2,986
California
  • Total required income before taxes: $29,133
  • Estimated housing costs: $12,551
  • Estimated food costs: $3,564
San Diego, California
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Colorado
  • Total required income before taxes: $25,940
  • Estimated housing costs: $9,088
  • Estimated food costs: $3,564
Connecticut
  • Total required income before taxes: $26,785
  • Estimated housing costs: $10,283
  • Estimated food costs: $3,467
Delaware
  • Total required income before taxes: $25,869
  • Estimated housing costs: $9,496
  • Estimated food costs: $2,986
Florida
  • Total required income before taxes: $24,444
  • Estimated housing costs: $8,817
  • Estimated food costs: $2,986
Georgia
  • Total required income before taxes: $24,823
  • Estimated housing costs: $8,385
  • Estimated food costs: $2,986
Atlanta, Georgia
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Hawaii
  • Total required income before taxes: $32,016
  • Estimated housing costs: $14,673
  • Estimated food costs: $3,564
Idaho
  • Total required income before taxes: $22,124
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,186
  • Estimated food costs: $3,564
Illinois
  • Total required income before taxes: $25,999
  • Estimated housing costs: $9,313
  • Estimated food costs: $3,050
Indiana
  • Total required income before taxes: $22,255
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,413
  • Estimated food costs: $3,050
Iowa
  • Total required income before taxes: $21,910
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,055
  • Estimated food costs: $3,050
Des Moines, Iowa
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Kansas
  • Total required income before taxes: $22,232
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,450
  • Estimated food costs: $3,050
Kentucky
  • Total required income before taxes: $21,828
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,037
  • Estimated food costs: $2,986
Louisiana
  • Total required income before taxes: $22,700
  • Estimated housing costs: $7,122
  • Estimated food costs: $2,986
Maine
  • Total required income before taxes: $24,129
  • Estimated housing costs: $7,893
  • Estimated food costs: $3,467
Maryland
  • Total required income before taxes: $30,420
  • Estimated housing costs: $13,115
  • Estimated food costs: $2,986
Baltimore, Maryland
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Massachusetts
  • Total required income before taxes: $27,843
  • Estimated housing costs: $11,851
  • Estimated food costs: $3,467
Michigan
  • Total required income before taxes: $22,604
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,610
  • Estimated food costs: $3,050
Minnesota
  • Total required income before taxes: $23,973
  • Estimated housing costs: $7,432
  • Estimated food costs: $3,050
Mississippi
  • Total required income before taxes: $22,589
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,657
  • Estimated food costs: $2,986
Missouri
  • Total required income before taxes: $22,371
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,587
  • Estimated food costs: $3,050
Branson Missouri's downtown with waterfront.
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Montana
  • Total required income before taxes: $22,777
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,529
  • Estimated food costs: $3,564
Nebraska
  • Total required income before taxes: $22,046
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,043
  • Estimated food costs: $3,050
Nevada
  • Total required income before taxes: $22,750
  • Estimated housing costs: $7,333
  • Estimated food costs: $3,564
New Hampshire
  • Total required income before taxes: $24,976
  • Estimated housing costs: $9,327
  • Estimated food costs: $3,467
New Jersey
  • Total required income before taxes: $28,548
  • Estimated housing costs: $12,073
  • Estimated food costs: $3,467
Newark, New Jersey, skyline on the Passaic River.
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New Mexico
  • Total required income before taxes: $22,840
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,754
  • Estimated food costs: $3,564
New York
  • Total required income before taxes: $29,992
  • Estimated housing costs: $12,934
  • Estimated food costs: $3,467
North Carolina
  • Total required income before taxes: $23,624
  • Estimated housing costs: $7,498
  • Estimated food costs: $2,986
North Dakota
  • Total required income before taxes: $22,646
  • Estimated housing costs: $7,255
  • Estimated food costs: $3,050
Ohio
  • Total required income before taxes: $21,778
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,250
  • Estimated food costs: $3,050
Akron, Ohio
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Oklahoma
  • Total required income before taxes: $21,890
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,323
  • Estimated food costs: $2,986
Oregon
  • Total required income before taxes: $25,962
  • Estimated housing costs: $8,893
  • Estimated food costs: $3,564
Pennsylvania
  • Total required income before taxes: $23,113
  • Estimated housing costs: $8,044
  • Estimated food costs: $3,467
Rhode Island
  • Total required income before taxes: $25,159
  • Estimated housing costs: $8,851
  • Estimated food costs: $3,467
South Carolina
  • Total required income before taxes: $23,234
  • Estimated housing costs: $7,201
  • Estimated food costs: $2,986
Charleston, South Carolina
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South Dakota
  • Total required income before taxes: $20,864
  • Estimated housing costs: $5,834
  • Estimated food costs: $3,050
Tennessee
  • Total required income before taxes: $21,722
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,782
  • Estimated food costs: $2,986
Texas
  • Total required income before taxes: $22,936
  • Estimated housing costs: $7,881
  • Estimated food costs: $2,986
Utah
  • Total required income before taxes: $23,338
  • Estimated housing costs: $7,065
  • Estimated food costs: $3,564
Vermont
  • Total required income before taxes: $25,629
  • Estimated housing costs: $9,516
  • Estimated food costs: $3,467
Montpelier, Vermont
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Virginia
  • Total required income before taxes: $28,831
  • Estimated housing costs: $11,752
  • Estimated food costs: $2,986
Washington
  • Total required income before taxes: $25,546
  • Estimated housing costs: $10,049
  • Estimated food costs: $3,564
West Virginia
  • Total required income before taxes: $22,211
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,657
  • Estimated food costs: $2,986
Wisconsin
  • Total required income before taxes: $22,935
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,632
  • Estimated food costs: $3,050
Wyoming
  • Total required income before taxes: $22,119
  • Estimated housing costs: $6,822
  • Estimated food costs: $3,564

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This map shows the minimum amount necessary to meet basic needs without relying on outside help, including factors such as child care and health insurance, in addition to food and other regular costs. All data from MIT's Living Wage calculator.
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