Financial anxiety is a common stress across several demographics, but families with dependent children is a group where it is felt most keenly, according to a recent study from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center. In fact, these stresses appear in families across the board regardless of income levels: "Even among respondents with higher than median income ($50–99K)," said the study's authors, "close to 60% reported feeling financial anxiety when thinking about their personal finances."

Although financial stress is no respecter of salary level, families will have an easier shot at a livable wage depending on where they are in the United States. A new study from Lending Tree shows which states have the highest percentages of workers in occupations that pay above a living wage.

Lending Tree found that 57.2% of American workers are employed in occupations where the median pay is greater than the living wage for families with two working adults and one child. That percentage drops significantly to 21.7% for single parents with a child.

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Richard Binder

Richard Binder, based in New York, is part of the social media team at ALM. He is also a 2014 recipient of the ASPBE Award for Excellence in the Humorous/Fun Department.