To have economic security, working adults must have enough income to meet their basic monthly expenses—such as housing, food, transportation, and child care expenses—and save for emergencies and retirement. The Basic Economic Security Tables (BEST) Index provides a measure of how much income working adults of different family types need to meet their basic monthly expenses—such as housing, food, transportation, and child care expenses—and save for emergencies and retirement.

These fact sheets present new state-level BEST data calculated by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. BEST data for each county in the United States and for many more family types than shown here are available at http://www.basiceconomicsecurity.org/.

View all fact sheets for each state.

Read the national overview of economic security in the United States.

Visit the Economic Security for Survivors page to find more resources on promoting economic security among survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking.