Housing is Out of Reach

How Much do you Need to Earn to Afford a Modest Apartment in Your State?

Millions of Americans struggle to find affordable rents.

In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment in the U.S., renters need to earn a wage of $20.30 per hour. In six states and the District of Columbia they need to earn more than $25 per hour. The Housing Wage for a two-bedroom unit is $13.05 higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, and $4.88 higher than the estimated average wage of $15.42 earned by renters nationwide. Find the data for your state, metropolitan area, or county by clicking on the map above.