How much does it cost to be a poor child in America?
From the Associated Press article THE cost of living is rising, but it is not going to get any easier in America’s largest cities.
According to the latest estimates from the Census Bureau, the average household income for a family of four in the nation’s largest metropolitan areas was $52,077 in 2014.
That was up from $50,972 in 2013.
For families earning less than $25,000 a year, the cost of housing, food, and other necessities increased by about $2,500, while the cost for utilities and healthcare went up by about 2 percent.
The most expensive metropolitan area was San Francisco, with an average household cost of $84,927, up about 9 percent from 2014.
In Atlanta, the median household income was $50 and the median cost of food was $9.96 per meal, up from about $9 in 2013 and $7 in 2013, according to the Census bureau.
And in New York City, the most expensive metro area, the family median income was up about 8 percent from $51,945 in 2013 to $57,931 in 2014, and the cost to rent was up by 5 percent to $1,066.
The cost of childcare rose by about 10 percent to about $1.08 per day, and health care cost $1 more per day.
The price of groceries went up slightly, but the cost per meal was down.
And the cost in healthcare dropped by about 1 percent to almost $1 per day as more people enrolled in the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges.
The Census Bureau did not have an exact cost of doing business for the nation, but its figures were higher than those for other sources.
“In 2015, the costs for living in the United States increased slightly because of lower inflation, lower unemployment, lower energy costs, and a stronger U.S. economy,” the Census report said.
The costs for health care and housing are projected to rise even more because of a shortage of doctors, hospitals and other providers.
But the number of poor people will decline as more low-income families enroll in Medicaid and other government programs to help with health care costs.
“The increase in the cost burden of living for poor families will not be large enough to offset the gains in economic security that Medicaid has brought about in recent years,” the report said, referring to a federal health insurance program for low- and moderate-income people.
The census bureau did not provide estimates for the cost and the income of the typical poor family, which includes a family that makes less than the median income for that age group.
The bureau said its estimates were based on Census data for the previous five years.
The report said there are more poor people than there are poor families, with a higher percentage of poor families living in poverty than poor families with no children.
About 13 percent of all households were poor families in 2014 and 6 percent of poor households were single parents, up slightly from 2013.
About 11 percent of low- to middle-income households had a single parent, up more than from 2013, while 4 percent of middle- to high-income and 9 percent of high- to poor families did not.
The U.K.’s most populous city, London, had the lowest median household cost in the U.k. at about $23,400 in 2014 from about a year earlier.
The median cost for a three-bedroom house in the city of Birmingham, Alabama, was about $56,000, up 3 percent from 2013 and about 7 percent from 2009, according the Census.
In New York, the city with the most affordable housing, the number with no child living below the poverty line was 3.4 million in 2014 (down about 0.5 percent from a year ago).
That number is about 1.5 million households without children, down about 1 percentage point from 2013 but up from more than 1.3 million households with no kids in 2013 (up about 0 and 1 percentage points, respectively).
The cost for groceries, electricity, gas and other utilities went up for households with incomes under $50 a year and for people in their 40s and 50s.
Health care costs, on the other hand, were lower for lower-income residents.
For a family earning less $25 a year in 2014 it was $13,200 in 2014 ($10,000 more than in 2013), down about 2 percentage points from 2014 and down from $14,600 in 2013 ($11,500 more than a year before).
The report did not say how much the cost would rise for higher-income earners.
“Our findings do not suggest that we are seeing the end of poverty in America,” said Scott Biederman, director of research for the National Alliance to End Child Poverty.
“Rather, we are finding that our economy is becoming more unequal as we move toward more unequal societies.
That is not a good thing.”
The report was published in the July edition of the journal Health