San Jose, S.F. among the least affordable places for single parents

By Nick Selbe in The Mercury News

July 15, 2016

Any parent knows that raising a child is the biggest financial strain one can undertake. Many advocate for increased government welfare for low-income parents, as more than 5 million babies aged 3 or younger are living in households struggling to pay for basic needs, including providing the necessary supply of diapers.

With this in mind, CareerTrends – an employment and career research site powered by theGraphiq network – found the least affordable places for single parents. The data comes from the Economic Policy Institute’s 2015 Family Budget Calculator, which provides an estimate of community-specific costs of childcare, food, healthcare, housing, taxes, transportation and other necessities for different family sizes across 618 locations. The list ranks locations by the monthly dollar amount required for a single adult with two children to meet a secure yet modest living standard. The EPI assumes the ages of the two children to be 4- and 8-years-old.

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