How Many Hours Would A Minimum Wage Employee Need To Work To Afford A One-Bedroom Apartment? (Map)

| by Sean Kelly
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According to a newly released report from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, there are no states in the country where a full-time, minimum wage worker can afford a one-bedroom apartment for less than 30 percent of their pay. The 30 percent of income threshold is a standard measure of housing affordability, Vox reports.

A renter earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour would need to work 85 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom rent at the Fair Market Rent and 102 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom Fair Market Rent,” the troubling report, called Out of Reach 2015, read.

The report included a map, which displayed how many hours a minimum wage worker would need to work per week in each state in order to afford a one-bedroom unit. Results were largely dependent on cost of living, with states like New Jersey showing a shocking 100 hours per week needed on average to afford a one-bedroom apartment. 

Some of the states that averaged on the low end of the spectrum included West Virginia, Montana, Arkansas and South Dakota. The average number of hours needed per week in the latter state was 49, significantly lower than the majority of states in the nation. 

The Housing Coalition’s report comes amid a growing nationwide debate over minimum wage, with many Americans advocating for a required $15 minimum wage. 

Sources: Vox, Philly Voice, NLIHC

Photo Credit: takepart.com, vox.com, SEIU UHW/Flickr