Do you earn a living wage? Tool calculates the needed income for singles, parents in every city, county, and state

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Some families may be struggling to match the local cost of living. (Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – If you find yourself struggling to pay bills despite a steady income, you may be simply be getting priced out by the high cost of living in your state or metropolitan area.

An updated tool from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is helping Americans determine whether a person’s income is enough to live comfortably in their area.

MIT’s Living Wage Calculator provides a breakdown of typical expenses for individuals and families of up to five people, then determines the income needed to provide for basic expenses for each family size.

“We developed a living wage calculator to estimate the cost of living in your community or region based on typical expenses,” creators wrote in a press release. “The tool helps individuals, communities, and employers determine a local wage rate that allows residents to meet minimum standards of living.”

The calculator displays the “living wage” needed to support your family size, as well as the local minimum wage and poverty-wage, which is the salary threshold required for federal assistance. Across many states, the minimum wage is enough to keep singles and some small families above the poverty line, but well below the salary required to pay all basic expenses.

The calculator includes required wages for single parents as well as one- and two-income households. Researchers also created statewide breakdowns as well as figures for major metropolitan areas within each state.

Income data is pulled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and expense calculations are based on public information, including U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development housing costs figures.

To see data from your locality, find it below to be taken to the link.

Alleghany
County
Buena
Vista
Floyd
County
Highland
County
Pittsylvania
County
Smyth
County
Amherst
County
Campbell
County
Franklin
County
LexingtonPulaski
County
Tazewell
County
Appomattox
County
Carroll
County
GalaxLynchburgRadfordWythe
County
Bath
County
Charlotte
County
Giles
County
MartinsvilleRoanoke (city)Mercer
County, WV
Bedford
County
CovingtonGrayson
County
Montgomery
County
Roanoke
County
Monroe
County, WV
Bland
County
Craig
County
Halifax
County
Nelson
County
Rockbridge
County
Pocahontas
County, WV
Botetourt
County
DanvilleHenry
County
Patrick
County
SalemSummers
County, WV

You can find your needed minimum income and cost breakdown on the MIT Living Wage Calculator portal.

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