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Appendix Defining Poverty, continued Table 5.  Monthly expenses and self-sufficiency wages, three Ohio counties, 2015 Coshocton County (low)

Tuscarawas County (middle)

Warren County (high)





Child Care












Health Care












Monthly expenses

Self-sufficiency wages $8.30



Monthly household income

Hourly wage per working adult




Annual household income










Minimum wage and poverty threshold (for comparison) 2015 Ohio Minimum Wage (hourly) 2014 federal poverty level threshold (annual)

Sources: University of Washington, Center for Women’s Welfare, Self-Sufficiency Standard for Ohio; Ohio Department of Commerce; U.S. Census Bureau Notes: Figures represent the monthly expenses and self-sufficiency wages for a family of two adults and two school-age children. Coshocton, Tuscarawas, and Warren Counties were chosen because they represent the low end (least expensive self-sufficiency wage), the middle (closest to the median of the self-sufficiency wages of all 88 counties), and high end (most expensive self-sufficiency wage) for that family type. Taxes were calculated as total tax burden minus tax credits (i.e., (the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, and the Child Tax Credit).

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The Self-Sufficiency Standard calculates the full costs of basic needs without help from public subsidies or informal assistance The measure takes into account an area’s cost of living to determine the minimum amount of income needed to meet basic needs A family of two adults and two school-age children in Ohio needs an annual household income of at least 146% FPL to be self-sufficient

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

2015 State of Poverty in Ohio Report  
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