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Sonya Salamon and Katherine MacTavish

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501713217

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501713217.001.0001

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Making Ends Meet

Making Ends Meet

Park Family Finances

(p.41) 2 Making Ends Meet

Sonya Salamon

Katherine MacTavish

Cornell University Press

Park families struggle monthly to make ends meet due to their modest incomes, debts, and housing costs. About one-fifth of the study families (19 percent) are housing cost burdened due to it consuming 30 percent or more of their monthly income. The price for living in rural America also includes higher costs for energy, transportation, food, and childcare. Detailed financial information from 13 North Carolina families shows how housing costs, education levels, job benefits, and credit-card or car loan debts account for their position in a household typology ranging from impoverishment or working-poor to low or high lower income.

Keywords:   Housing cost-burdened, Household finances, Rural housing costs, Rural jobs, Informal economy, North Carolina African Americans, Household financial typology

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