The Economic Policy Institute recently released its Family Budget Calculator, which serves, among other things, to illustrate the tragicomic gap between median income and what it takes to "get by" with a family. When EPI updated the calendar, they were kind enough to definitively rank the ten most expensive metro regions out of the 618 they studied. Let's take a look at what makes them special, and what it takes to live there.
1 of 10 10. Danbury, CT - $89,205
The per capita income in Danbury is $30,815. Median household income is $66,281, and the cost of raising a family in "adequate but modest" conditions is $89,205. Right out of the gate, we run into some issues. Nothing in particular seems to drive up the cost of living here, but child care costs are significant, to put it charitably.