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Recent estimates by the Economic Policy Institute revealed the high costs of raising a family in several metro areas of the country, including the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area.

The Atlantic Cities reported just how much is needed annually for families across several metropolitan areas in the US to lead a "secure yet modest living standard," by calculating public transportation needs, child care and the number of people in the household.

But the federal poverty line, which sits at $23,550 for a family four, doesn't take all those factors into account.

The numbers that come out the other end don't look anything like the federal poverty line. How much does a two-parent, two-child household in New York City need? $93,502.

The local annual budget for a family of four in the Valley? $68,489.

Atlantic Cities says that just by making a little more than the poverty line won't still get you anywhere far from that modest living standard.

Bruce St. James, Host, Bruce St. James Show

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