BROOKLYN - A study conducted by the University of Washington states that more Brooklyn families can?t meet basic needs despite earning more money than the official poverty level.

The study says a single parent with one preschooler and one school-aged child in Brooklyn would need to make more than $63,000 a year just to cover necessities. In 2000, the annual income to get by under the same circumstances was about $44,500 - a 42 percent increase.

The rising cost of living has also forced some in similar financial binds to leave the city in search of cheaper housing.