Here’s the cheapest (and most expensive) place to raise a family in America

How much does it cost to raise a family? It all depends on where you live.

The Economic Policy Institute, a progressive, nonprofit think tank, on Tuesday updated its “family budget calculator,” which shows what’s required for families to attain an adequate — if modest — standard of living in communities across the U.S. The calculator contains data on the cost of living for 10 family types in all 3,142 counties (and county equivalents) and in all 611 metro areas.

The calculator takes into account geographic differences and other factors, including housing, food, transportation, child care, health care, plus other basic necessities.

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