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How Much Money Does it Take to Raise Kids in Oregon?

Here's a hint: child care is often the biggest cost.

Posted: Mar. 6, 2018 10:45 AM
Updated: Mar. 6, 2018 10:55 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. – It’s no secret: kids cost a lot of money. In the state of Oregon, it takes more than $77,000 per year for a couple to raise two kids, according to a non-profit think tank.

The Family Budget Calculator, updated by the Economic Policy Institute Tuesday, estimates the costs to raise a family in a “modest yet adequate” standard of living.

LINK: Check Your County's Family Budget Calculator (Nationwide)

Approximate costs for two adults and two children in the following counties:

  • Curry County: $87,000
  • Jackson County: $86,000
  • Josephine County: $85,000
  • Klamath County: $79,000
  • Lake County: $80,000
  • Siskiyou (Calif.): County: $74,000

The monthly costs included housing, food, transportation, health care, and child care, which is often the biggest cost.

“Research over the years has shown that Oregon has some of the nation’s most expensive child care,” said Janet Bauer, policy analyst with the Oregon Center for Public Policy, who examined the calculator’s data.

LINK: Check Your County's Family Budget Calculator (Nationwide)

The web-based calculator offers nationwide data via county, state or metro area, and can also be customized to estimate the cost of living for a childless, single adult.

According to the calculator, a childless, single adult in Jackson County, Oregon, would need $37,000 to be economically secure.

The calculator does not factor in public benefits, including federal health care subsidies. It also does not account for health insurance costs paid by employers.

Approximate costs for two adults and two children in the following counties:
Curry County: $87,000
Jackson County: $86,000
Josephine County: $85,000
Klamath County: $79,000
Lake County: $80,000
Siskiyou (Calif.): County: $74,000

Use the calculator to match your family, and sound off in the comments below. Did the results of the calculator match what you feel you spend?

If you're looking for help finding affordable childcare, the Child Care Resource Network can help.

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