|May 31, 2012|
Iowans pay differing amounts for the basic living essentials depending on where they live. A family living in Cedar Rapids in Linn County and a family living in Spencer in Clay County will face different housing costs, commuting times and health insurance premiums; child care costs will differ as well. This report details how much families throughout the state must earn in order to meet their basic needs and underscores the importance of public work support programs for many Iowans, who despite their work efforts, are not able to pay for the most basic living expenses. This report also details, for the first time, how many working Iowa families are falling below a minimum cost of living threshold.
Appendix 2 in this report shows basic-needs budgets for various localities in the state. The graphs from that appendix are below: