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How Much Does It Cost To Raise A Family In San Diego?

Evening Edition

Aired 12/30/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Luke Reidenbach, policy analyst, California Budget Project

Peter Brownell, research director, Center for Policy Initiatives



San Diego Monthly Family Income

San Diego Monthly Family Income

California Budget Project provides detailed estimates of family budgets in each of California's 58 counties

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An analysis by the California Budget Project shows covering basic living expenses are a challenge for many Californians.

The report titled, "Making Ends Meet: How Much Does It Cost To Raise A Family in California?", provides a detailed estimate at the income needed to support a family with the basic necessities such as housing, utilities and child care.

According to the CBP report, a single individual in San Diego needs to earn an average salary of $34,253 to make ends meet while a family of four with two working parents needs to earn $82,208.

The report finds that in many cases, the budgets require an hourly wage that is above what many workers actually make.

Today, we'll examine some of the key challenges keeping working families from making ends meet in San Diego.

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garedawg | December 30, 2013 at 10:28 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

I plugged in the numbers for two parents and two children - $1382 for housing and utilities. I guess that assumes you live in a cardboard box in the alley.

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RegularChristian | December 31, 2013 at 7:31 a.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

GAREDAWG: Thanks for pointing that out. Yikes!

Also not included in the "getting by" definition are some very common living expenses which practically everyone has to contend with at some point during a normal year: clothing, college, rainy day and retirement savings, kid's school supplies, occasional entertainment, vacations or trips to family, birthday and holiday presents. I'm sure they add up to more than "miscellaneous" and should be a part of what a typical person should budget for.

But it's a good study. It's transparent and accessible. A good way to start a conversation about the subject.

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sdreefer21 | December 31, 2013 at 8:22 a.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

You need a car in the burbs. Might as well count those expenses as well.

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