The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

March 21, 2014

Cost to live increasing in Iowa

A new 22-page report recently released confirms living in Iowa has been taking significantly more out of your pocketbook in the last few years.

“Working families and individuals in Iowa must earn substantially above the official poverty threshold — in some cases nearly three times the poverty level — to achieve a very basic standard of living in Iowa without the help of public work supports,” concludes the report’s authors, Peter S. Fisher and Lily French.

The report concludes a majority of jobs in Iowa do not pay families enough to achieve basic self-sufficiency.

Part one of the multi-part report was released in February by Iowa City-based The Iowa Policy Project: “The Cost of Living in Iowa, 2014 Edition: Part 1: Basic Family Budgets.” The first part reports on basic family budgets for different family types and geographic areas based on 2013 cost of living and state and federal income taxes.

Health care costs are based on insurance rates in effect for 2014 because of changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act.

The report looked at Iowa’s 99 counties and the cost for basic needs like child care, health care, rent, utilities and transportation.

In Appanoose County the monthly cost for child care for a single parent with one child is $476, with two children it is $770; for a married couple with both working with one child it is $476 and with two children it is $770.

In Appanoose County monthly health care expense without employer-sponsored insurance for a single adult is $310, for a single parent with one child it is $483, with two children it is $681, for a married couple with one child it is $794 and with two children it is $1,015.

In Appanoose County monthly rent and utilities for a single adult is $425, for a single parent with one child it is $579, with two children it is $734, married couple with one child is $579 and with two children it is $734.

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