Poverty Simulator

Could you live off of $438.67 a week? That's the poverty threshold for a family of four, according to U.S. Census data for 2011.


Imagine you're the head of a household with two kids under 18. Now see if you can get by on your family budget.

Start the poverty simulator to experience the tough choices families have to make every day. Click an icon to begin!

Total monthly income: $1,900.00

CHILD CARE/HEALTH CARE

Who's going to take care of your kids while you are at work? Unfortunately, your options are limited. You're new in town and don't have family members nearby who can take care of the kids. You also need to decide if you want to opt-in to your employer's health insurance. But you're low on funds. You can't afford both.