Living Above and Below the Basic
Economic Security Tables for the U.S.*
Type of Household Above Below
Households, No Children 64% 36%
Households, With Children 49% 51%
1 Adult, No Children 52% 48%
1 Adult, With Children 22% 78%
2 Adults, No Children 78% 22%
2 Adults, With Children 57% 43%
*The Basic Economic Security Tables (BEST) Index, developed by WOW and the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis, reflects the actual costs of basic goods and services American workers require to meet daily needs such as housing, utilities, food, health care, transportation, child care and essential household items such as clothing and a telephone.
Source: Wider Opportunities for Women. (2011). Living Below the Line: Economic Security and America’s Families. Washington, DC: Author.