Washington area is costliest place in U.S. to raise a family

Washington area is costliest place in U.S. to raise a family

Itês bad enough that the Washington area has the worst traffic in the nation. Now weêre told itês the most expensive place in the country to raise a family.

The news comes from the Economic Policy Institute, which says a family of four must earn $106,493 just to make ends meet. Part of the problem is that we also have the most expensive child care in the nation, at an average of $31,158 per year.

The study surveyed the cost of housing, child care, food, transportation, health care and taxes in 618 metropolitan areas.

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