Can you afford to live here?

Calculator says family of 4 in Bend needs $64,581

Staff report / The Bulletin /

Published Aug 22, 2013 at 05:00AM

The Economic Policy Institute, a D.C. think tank that researches the economic conditions of low- and middle-income households, recently updated its Family Budget Calculator for 2013. The FBC attempts to calculate what a family needs to live a “secure yet modest” lifestyle, adjusting for family size and geographic location. While the official poverty thresholds are used to measure how many Americans are strictly economically deprived, the FBC offers a more detailed look at what it takes to get by in America today.