How rent is outpacing pay in major metro areas

  • HUD determined the national housing wage for a two-bedroom unit to be $20.30.
  • Hawaii has the highest housing wage at $34.22.
  • Minimum wage workers need to work 112 hours per week to afford reasonable housing that does not exceed 30 percent of their yearly income.

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According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), it is not possible to afford a two-bedroom apartment at the fair market rent price working full-time at the current minimum wage — in any state.