In 10 major US cities, financially insecure families are prevalent, and residents’ financial insecurity affects city budgets. Families with less than $2,000 in savings ranged from 46 percent of residents (Seattle) to 73 percent of residents (Miami), compared with 52 percent of families nationally. The costs to cities range from between $8 and $18 million in New Orleans to between $280 and $646 million in New York City. In Houston, the costs range from $51 to $117 million, suggesting that Houston, like other cities, has an economic interest in helping to improve their residents’ financial health.
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