According to the 2017 income limits released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which set the parameters on how much you can earn and still qualify for government benefits. The programs include such things as section 8 housing choice vouchers and public housing for the poor and people that are disabled.

Some places like San Francisco has incredible levels. In fact if the City by the Bay is your home and you have a family of four, you’re consider low income until you get past $105,000 a year. New York City, Boston and other areas of the East Coast and you need to break $75,000 to get above the line.

Closer to home it’s more modest but still surprising. In Lansing, Michigan if you are making $54,500 a year with a family of four you are considered low income and you could still qualify for a variety of government programs.

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