Americans need to make $11,400 more today to maintain the same standard of living they had in 2021
12/06/2023 // Laura Harris // Views

A recent analysis reveals that Americans need an additional $11,434 annually to maintain the same standard of living they had in January 2021.

According to a CBS News poll, the economic ripples from the inflation surge and ongoing inflation crisis that began in 2021 are still affecting American households. More Americans are facing financial challenges now than before the pandemic.

Despite a slowly receding inflation rate, a two-decade low joblessness rate and what may look like an improving economy, many families still find themselves financially squeezed and struggling to bridge the gap between wage gains and the rising cost of essentials. (Related: American families are spending $709 a month more than two years ago due to Biden’s inflation.)

The number of individuals describing themselves as "living comfortably and able to save" remains lower than in the summer of 2019. Similarly, those reporting meeting expenses with a little left over have not returned to pre-pandemic levels. Americans facing financial struggles increased by nine percent compared to four years ago, with half stating they are either just meeting or unable to meet their expenses.

People earning between $50,000 and $100,000 a year are experiencing a significant shift in how they describe their financial situation. Just a little over half of them now claim to have some money left after covering their expenses. This represents a 19-point decrease from what individuals in this income range reported in 2019.

A recent analysis by Republican members of the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee points out that inflation on food, transportation, housing and energy accounts for nearly 80 cents of every additional dollar spent. This, in turn, has imposed heavier financial burdens on consumers.

In a separate research conducted by the Ludwig Institute for Shared Economic Prosperity (LISEP), the income required to cover basic needs fell short by almost $14,000 on average in 2022. However, the analysis conducted by the Joint Economic Committee reveals regional disparities.

The analysis of the committee found that Colorado households face the highest additional expenditures, requiring an extra $15,000 in 2022 to maintain their standard of living from the previous year. Residents in Arkansas experience a comparatively lower burden, with the need for only about $8,500 extra.

Low-income households are more affected by inflation

Gene Ludwig, Chairman of the LISEP, stated that middle- and low-income Americans are now "living fragilely on the edge." Lower-income households feel the impact of inflation worse as they allocate a larger share of their income to basic necessities.

Recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that a typical worker takes home $3,308 per month after tax and benefits deductions.

However, the Council for Community and Economic Research stated that one must also pay monthly rent, which is about $2,029 based on Redfine or a $1,957 mortgage payment per month for a 2,400-square-foot house in the first quarter of 2023.

Aside from housing, consumers also have monthly expenses for food, with an average of $690.75 in their budget and $96.42 on out-of-pocket health expenditures. Consequently, the total monthly expense for renters is estimated to rise to $2,816.17, while homeowners face an average monthly expense of $2,744.17. These figures, however, do not include other essential costs like transportation, child care, and debt payments.

The 13.6 percent increase in average hourly pay since January 2021 lags behind the 17 percent surge in inflation during the same period. The breakdown of these expenses underscores the financial challenges faced by lower-income workers, who are caught in the crosshairs of stagnant wages and a rapidly increasing cost of living.

Visit for more news about the declining state of the American economy.

Watch this video about how inflation impacts the lives of Americans.

This video is from Worldview Report channel on

More related stories:

Food shortages and inflation continue as “Bidenomics” SPECTACULARLY FAILS.

Wealthy shoppers now embracing discount stores amid worsening FOOD INFLATION.

Majority of Americans now living paycheck to paycheck under Biden, Democrats, as inflation destroys household budgets.

More than 60% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck as rising inflation continues to squeeze their budgets.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck amid inflation crisis.

Sources include: 1 2

Take Action:
Support Natural News by linking to this article from your website.
Permalink to this article:
Embed article link:
Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use is permitted with credit to (including a clickable link).
Please contact us for more information.
Free Email Alerts
Get independent news alerts on natural cures, food lab tests, cannabis medicine, science, robotics, drones, privacy and more.
App Store
Android App
eTrust Pro Certified

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2022 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

This site uses cookies
Natural News uses cookies to improve your experience on our site. By using this site, you agree to our privacy policy.
Learn More
Get 100% real, uncensored news delivered straight to your inbox
You can unsubscribe at any time. Your email privacy is completely protected.