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Living paycheck to paycheck is an unfortunately common hallmark of American life.

Having it all — the ability to cover basic expenses, while still having „fun money“ and contributing to savings — can be a difficult feat.

That total amount — also known as an annual „living wage“ — varies significantly depending on what state you’re in.

GoBankingRates recently determined the necessary living wage in each state using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the 50/30/20 budgeting rule. This popular general budgeting rule allocates 50% of annual income to necessities like housing, 30% to discretionary expenses like travel, and the remaining 20% to savings.

The median necessary living wage across the entire US is $67,690. The state with the lowest annual living wage is Mississippi with $58,321. The state with the highest living wage is Hawaii with $136,437. Other expensive states (unsurprisingly) included New York and California, which have notoriously high costs of living and expensive housing markets.

Keep reading to see what the annual living wage necessary is to live comfortably in every US state, listed in alphabetical order by state name. Also included is the actual median household income in each state according to 2018 data from the US Census Bureau and the median price of homes listed for sale in each state from Zillow.

Here’s the income you need to live comfortably in every state in the US slides

Here’s the income you need to live comfortably in every state in the US slides

  • The living wage in Alabama is $60,016.

    Median household income in 2018: $61,584

    Median price of homes currently listed: $219,900

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  • The living wage in Alaska is $91,996.

    Median household income in 2018: $74,346

    Median price of homes currently listed: $288,000

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  • The living wage in Arizona is $68,504.

    Median household income in 2018: $59,246

    Median price of homes currently listed: $295,000

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  • The living wage in Arkansas is $59,641.

    Median household income in 2018: $47,062

    Median price of homes currently listed: $178,500

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  • The living wage in California is $99,971.

    Median household income in 2018: $75,277

    Median price of homes currently listed: $549,000

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  • The living wage in Colorado in $74,215.

    Median household income in 2018: $71,953

    Median price of homes currently listed: $427,300

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  • The living wage in Connecticut is $90,278.

    Median household income in 2018: $76,348

    Median price of homes currently listed: $324,900

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  • The living wage in Delaware is $71,254.

    Median household income in 2018: $64,805

    Median price of homes currently listed: $300,000

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  • The living wage in Florida is $67,614.

    Median household income in 2018: $55,462

    Median price of homes currently listed: $296,000

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  • The living wage in Georgia is $62,074.

    Median household income in 2018: $58,756

    Median price of homes currently listed: $260,000

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  • The living wage in Hawaii is $136,437.

    Median household income in 2018: $80,212

    Median price of homes currently listed: $630,000

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  • The living wage in Idaho is $66,486.

    Median household income in 2018: $55,583

    Median price of homes currently listed: $334,900

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  • The living wage in Illinois is $66,847.

    Median household income in 2018: $65,030

    Median price of homes currently listed: $235,950

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  • The living wage in Indiana is $62,086.

    Median household income in 2018: $55,746

    Median price of homes currently listed: $189,900

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  • The living wage in Iowa is $63,397.

    Median household income in 2018: $59,955

    Median price of homes currently listed: $175,000

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  • The living wage in Kansas is $62,090.

    Median household income in 2018: $58,218

    Median price of homes currently listed: $190,000

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  • The living wage in Kentucky is $63,086.

    Median household income in 2018: $50,247

    Median price of homes currently listed: $195,000

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  • The living wage in Louisiana is $63,842.

    Median household income in 2018: $58,218

    Median price of homes currently listed: $190,000

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  • The living wage in Maine is $80,336.

    Median household income in 2018: $55,602

    Median price of homes currently listed: $250,000

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  • The living wage in Maryland is $92,227.

    Median household income in 2018: $83,242

    Median price of homes currently listed: $325,000

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  • The living wage in Massachusetts is $93,895.

    Median household income in 2018: $79,835

    Median price of homes currently listed: $468,500

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  • The living wage in Michigan is $67,712.

    Median household income in 2018: $56,697

    Median price of homes currently listed: $189,000

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  • The living wage in Minnesota is $68,944.

    Median household income in 2018: $70,315

    Median price of homes currently listed: $274,900

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  • The living wage in Mississippi is $58,321.

    Median household income in 2018: $44,717

    Median price of homes currently listed: $188,000

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  • The living wage in Missouri is $60,858.

    Median household income in 2018: $54,478

    Median price of homes currently listed: $189,900

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  • The living wage in Montana is $70,719.

    Median household income in 2018: $55,328

    Median price of homes currently listed: $325,000

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  • The living wage in Nebraska is $65,162.

    Median household income in 2018: $59,566

    Median price of homes currently listed: $212,000

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  • The living wage in Nevada is $75,902.

    Median household income in 2018: $58,646

    Median price of homes currently listed: $324,900

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  • The living wage in New Hampshire is $74,415.

    Median household income in 2018: $74,991

    Median price of homes currently listed: $304,900

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  • The living wage in New Jersey is $86,244.

    Median household income in 2018: $81,740

    Median price of homes currently listed: $345,000

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  • The living wage in New Mexico is $63,629.

    Median household income in 2018: $47,169

    Median price of homes currently listed: $240,000

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  • The living wage in New York is $95,724.

    Median household income in 2018: $67,844

    Median price of homes currently listed: $399,900

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  • The living wage in North Carolina is $64,406.

    Median household income in 2018: $53,855

    Median price of homes currently listed: $274,900

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  • The living wage in North Dakota is $69,085.

    Median household income in 2018: $63,837

    Median price of homes currently listed: $223,900

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  • The living wage in Ohio is $63,204.

    Median household income in 2018: $56,111

    Median price of homes currently listed: $176,900

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  • The living wage in Oklahoma is $60,318.

    Median household income in 2018: $51,924

    Median price of homes currently listed: $190,000

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  • The living wage in Oregon is $93,285.

    Median household income in 2018: $63,426

    Median price of homes currently listed: $388,000

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  • The living wage in Pennsylvania is $68,581.

    Median household income in 2018: $60,905

    Median price of homes currently listed: $216,995

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  • The living wage in Rhode Island is $83,942.

    Median household income in 2018: $64,340

    Median price of homes currently listed: $324,000

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  • The living wage in South Carolina is $65,953.

    Median household income in 2018: $52,306

    Median price of homes currently listed: $249,500

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  • The living wage in South Dakota is $67,657.

    Median household income in 2018: $56,274

    Median price of homes currently listed: $225,000

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  • The living wage in Tennessee is $60,682.

    Median household income in 2018: $52,375

    Median price of homes currently listed: $255,900

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  • The living wage in Texas is $63,469.

    Median household income in 2018: $60,629

    Median price of homes currently listed: $279,000

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  • The living wage in Utah is $67,807.

    Median household income in 2018: $71,414

    Median price of homes currently listed: $367,400

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  • The living wage in Vermont is $83,878.

    Median household income in 2018: $60,782

    Median price of homes currently listed: $275,000

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  • The living wage in Virginia is $69,886.

    Median household income in 2018: $72,577

    Median price of homes currently listed: $310,325

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  • The living wage in Washington is $77,207.

    Median household income in 2018: $74,073

    Median price of homes currently listed: $419,900

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  • The living wage in West Virginia is $62,635.

    Median household income in 2018: $44,097

    Median price of homes currently listed: $165,700

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  • The living wage in Wisconsin is $67,667.

    Median household income in 2018: $60,773

    Median price of homes currently listed: $219,900

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  • The living wage in Wyoming is $61,788.

    Median household income in 2018: $61,584

    Median price of homes currently listed: $264,900

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