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Minimum Wages Can't Pay for a 2-Bedroom Apartment Anywhere

There isn’t a single state, city, or county in the U.S. where someone earning federal or state minimum wage for a 40-hour work week can afford a two-bedroom home at fair market rent.
The hourly wage a person has to make to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
The hourly wage a person has to make to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition.NLIHC

For most Americans, access to decent, affordable rental housing remains cruelly beyond reach. Only in 22 counties in the United States is a one-bedroom home affordable to someone working 40 hours per week at federal minimum wage.

That’s from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) report, which outlines the mismatch between wages and rent every year.