MIT Answers – What’s the Minimum Needed by Family of Four for Housing, Food in Each State in U.S.?


MIT is the famous and widely respected Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  They recently provided an update to what they call their “living wage calculator.”

The data shown is from CNBC based upon their use of MIT’s methodology.


For those who look and say, ‘that’s too low,’ keep the following in mind.

The MIT Living Wage Calculator “…determines the minimum amount necessary to meet basic needs without dipping into poverty or relying on outside help.”  It doesn’t include restaurants meals, vacation or money left for savings and investment.

MIT explains that “It is a market-based approach that draws upon geographically specific expenditure data related to a family’s likely minimum food, childcare, health insurance, housing, transportation, and other basic necessities (e.g. clothing, personal care items, etc.) costs. The living wage draws on these cost elements and the rough effects of income and payroll taxes…”

  • For two adult families where both adults are in the labor force, both adults are assumed to be employed full-time.
  • Full-time work is assumed to be year-round, 40 hours per week for 52 weeks, per adult.

The Daily Business News on MHProNews make the obvious point at the end of this infographic.


The data, as noted, is for the minimum needed, vs the average or mean cost of housing in those same states. The figures shown routinely work for manufactured home sellers.  They routinely don’t work for conventional new home sellers but work somewhat better for existing home sellers.  MHProNews has made this point below for years.


HUD Secretary Ben Carson said it like this.



To see Secretary Carson’s entire address, click here.

There’s a good case to make that Secretary Carson is right.

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So why is manufactured housing struggling?  Among the reasons is a point made by controversial Frank Rolfe, who was nevertheless correct about the following.


Carson’s comments are not on the MHI website again today. Frank, when you are right, you are right.

What’s MHI thinking? Or are they working to suppress performance while posturing efforts? Here’s another longtime MHI member, George F. Allen, who said this.

To see more disconnects between Allen and his flip-flops, then and now, click here.

The evidence for factors that could cause a surge in manufactured home performance are all around, for those willing to look at facts.

The road blocks for the industry routinely grace back to what Rolfe directly, and Allen obliquely pointed to – it arguably does includes MHI, which is dominated by Omaha-Knoxville and the ‘big boys.’




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