How Much Would You Need to Earn to Afford a One-bedroom in Your County?

The National Low Income Housing Coalition looked at fair market rents (according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development), and calculated how much a worker would need to earn per hour to afford a one-bedroom apartment in her county (the “housing wage”).

According to their data, Marin County in California and San Francisco tied for the most expensive, with workers needing to earn $29.83 per hour to afford a one-bedroom. Six California counties made it on the list of the top 10 most expensive counties.

The Washington Post has an interactive map here. I had to zoom into the map to play with it. (For New York City, the housing wage is $23.37/hr.)

Photo: Joshua Scott



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