This tool allows you to find what constitutes a "living wage" or "poverty wage" for various family configurations in different states and counties. It also provides typical wages for various occupations in those regions.
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From the U.S. Census Bureau, FactFinder lets you zero in on a particular town, zip code, or "census tract"-- which might allow you to look at data for a neighborhood more accurately than zip code or city name.
From the website: "The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world." It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research.
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