Livable Wage by State

A livable wage is the amount of income required to cover living expenses and basic needs without relying on loans or other forms of external financial assistance. It is different from the minimum wage, as that determines how much a person needs to earn to stay out of poverty and is the legal minimum an employer is required to pay to their workers. 

While the minimum wage is determined by state or federal laws, the living wage is determined by the costs of living in an area, i.e. costs such as the price of food, shelter, water, transport, insurance, childcare, and security. Luxuries such as vacations, extra expenses, and savings are not included. Therefore, if a state has a particularly high living wage, it is a state that is expensive to live in. 

If you would like to learn more about the differences in living wages across the U.S, please refer to the data in the charts 

Livable Wage by State

Alabama - Livable Wage

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$15.91

#40 in the US

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$7.25

#32 in the US

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$56,929

#46 in the US

Alaska - Livable Wage

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$16.72

#25 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$10.34

#20 in the US

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$81,133

#12 in the US

Arizona - Livable Wage

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$17.43

#14 in the US

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$12.8

#8 in the US

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$70,821

#28 in the US

Arkansas - Livable Wage

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$15.55

#41 in the US

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$11

#16 in the US

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$50,784

#49 in the US

California - Livable Wage

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$21.82

#2 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$15

#1 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$81,575

#11 in the US

Colorado - Livable Wage

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$19.16

#7 in the US

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$12.56

#9 in the US

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$84,954

#8 in the US

Connecticut - Livable Wage

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$19

#8 in the US

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$14

#3 in the US

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$80,958

#13 in the US

Delaware - Livable Wage

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$17.74

#15 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$10.5

#21 in the US

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$68,687

#32 in the US

District of Columbia - Livable Wage

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$23.13

#1 in the US

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$15.2

#2 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$90,640

#2 in the US

Florida - Livable Wage

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$17.24

#16 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$10

#22 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$59,734

#44 in the US

Georgia - Livable Wage

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$17.64

#17 in the US

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$7.25

#33 in the US

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$61,497

#42 in the US

Hawaii - Livable Wage

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$21.99

#3 in the US

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$10.1

#23 in the US

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$82,199

#9 in the US

Idaho - Livable Wage

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$16.16

#26 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#34 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$76,918

#18 in the US

Illinois - Livable Wage

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$18.16

#12 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$12

#10 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$79,253

#16 in the US

Indiana - Livable Wage

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$15.79

#42 in the US

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$7.25

#35 in the US

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$70,190

#29 in the US

Iowa - Livable Wage

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$16.18

#27 in the US

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$7.25

#36 in the US

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$72,429

#25 in the US

Kansas - Livable Wage

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$16.38

#28 in the US

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$7.25

#37 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$75,979

#20 in the US

Kentucky - Livable Wage

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$15.46

#43 in the US

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$7.25

#38 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$55,629

#47 in the US

Louisiana - Livable Wage

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$16.15

#29 in the US

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$7.25

#39 in the US

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$57,206

#45 in the US

Maine - Livable Wage

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$17.88

#18 in the US

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$12.75

#11 in the US

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$71,139

#26 in the US

Maryland - Livable Wage

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$19.74

#9 in the US

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$12.5

#12 in the US

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$97,332

#1 in the US

Massachusetts - Livable Wage

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$21.88

#4 in the US

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$14.25

#4 in the US

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$86,566

#7 in the US

Michigan - Livable Wage

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$16.36

#30 in the US

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$9.87

#25 in the US

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$64,488

#35 in the US

Minnesota - Livable Wage

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$17.74

#19 in the US

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$10.33

#24 in the US

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$80,441

#14 in the US

Mississippi - Livable Wage

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$15.66

#44 in the US

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$7.25

#40 in the US

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$46,637

#51 in the US

Missouri - Livable Wage

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$16.29

#31 in the US

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$11.15

#17 in the US

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$63,594

#37 in the US

Montana - Livable Wage

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$16.32

#32 in the US

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$9.2

#26 in the US

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$64,999

#34 in the US

Nebraska - Livable Wage

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$16.6

#33 in the US

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$9

#27 in the US

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$78,109

#17 in the US

Nevada - Livable Wage

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$16.24

#34 in the US

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$9.5

#28 in the US

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$64,340

#36 in the US

New Hampshire - Livable Wage

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$17.32

#20 in the US

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$7.25

#41 in the US

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$88,841

#3 in the US

New Jersey - Livable Wage

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$20.57

#6 in the US

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$13

#6 in the US

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$88,559

#4 in the US

New Mexico - Livable Wage

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$16.25

#35 in the US

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$11.5

#18 in the US

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$53,463

#48 in the US

New York - Livable Wage

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$21.99

#5 in the US

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$13.2

#7 in the US

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$72,920

#23 in the US

North Carolina - Livable Wage

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$17.14

#21 in the US

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$7.25

#42 in the US

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$62,891

#38 in the US

North Dakota - Livable Wage

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$15.37

#45 in the US

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$7.25

#43 in the US

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$68,882

#31 in the US

Ohio - Livable Wage

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$15.61

#46 in the US

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$9.3

#29 in the US

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$62,689

#39 in the US

Oklahoma - Livable Wage

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$15.75

#47 in the US

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$7.25

#44 in the US

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$60,096

#43 in the US

Oregon - Livable Wage

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$19.51

#10 in the US

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$12.5

#13 in the US

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$81,855

#10 in the US

Pennsylvania - Livable Wage

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$16.67

#36 in the US

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$7.25

#45 in the US

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$72,627

#24 in the US

Rhode Island - Livable Wage

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$17.8

#22 in the US

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$12.25

#14 in the US

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$74,982

#21 in the US

South Carolina - Livable Wage

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$17.47

#23 in the US

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$7.25

#46 in the US

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$62,542

#40 in the US

South Dakota - Livable Wage

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$14.85

#51 in the US

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$9.95

#30 in the US

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$73,893

#22 in the US

Tennessee - Livable Wage

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$15.45

#48 in the US

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$7.25

#47 in the US

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$62,166

#41 in the US

Texas - Livable Wage

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$16.41

#37 in the US

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$7.25

#48 in the US

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$67,404

#33 in the US

Utah - Livable Wage

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$16.98

#38 in the US

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$7.25

#49 in the US

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$87,649

#5 in the US

Vermont - Livable Wage

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$17.81

#24 in the US

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$12.55

#15 in the US

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$76,079

#19 in the US

Virginia - Livable Wage

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$19.4

#11 in the US

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$11

#19 in the US

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$80,268

#15 in the US

Washington - Livable Wage

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$18.54

#13 in the US

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$14.49

#5 in the US

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$87,648

#6 in the US

West Virginia - Livable Wage

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$15.45

#49 in the US

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$8.75

#31 in the US

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$46,836

#50 in the US

Wisconsin - Livable Wage

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$16.4

#39 in the US

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$7.25

#50 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$69,943

#30 in the US

Wyoming - Livable Wage

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$15.25

#50 in the US

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$7.25

#51 in the US

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$71,052

#27 in the US