Self-Sufficient in Pennsylvania

A new report by Pathways PA shows the cost of living in Pennsylvania."The Self-Sufficiency Standard measures how much income a family of a certain composition in a given place needs to adequately meet their basic needs—without public or private assistance."

Availible for download here, pages 41 - 82 show a self-sufficient wage, first broken down by county and then by household type.

From the report:

Even before the current economic crisis, the American economy was in the third decade of stagnating wages and widening income inequality. As a result, millions of parents find that even with full-time jobs they are unable to stretch their wages to meet the costs of basic necessities. Many of these families are not deemed “poor” by the official federal poverty measure, yet they lack enough income to meet the current costs of food, housing, transportation, health care, and other essentials.

To properly describe the growing gap between stagnating wages and rising living costs requires an accurate measure of income adequacy. Such a measure is found in the Self-Sufficiency Standard. The Standard tracks and measures the true cost of living facing American families, illuminating the economic “crunch” experienced by so many families today.