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Poverty, inflation, and gov't benefits are calculated as if renters spend 30% of their income on housing. Increasingly, that number is a fantasy. Here's the hourly wage a full-time worker would need to "afford" to rent a 2-bedroom unit in every state.


Long story short: don't live anywhere near rich people if you don't want to starve.

Out of Reach is a program from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition that has focused on the problem of rent (un)affordability since 1989. Every year, they put out a report detailing what you would need to earn to really afford to live in the U.S. For a slightly different way of looking at it, here's how many hours you'd need to work at local minimum wages to afford a place for your family:


New York bankers and California tech people view 100-hour work weeks as a mark of pride, but they have slightly bigger houses.