As wage disparity continues to grow in the U.S., people are really struggling. It’s tough to make ends meet as a single person, and it’s even more of a challenge if you have children.
A recent report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) highlighted just how hard it really is to survive in the U.S. if you don’t make a good salary. According to the report, a full-time worker in America must earn $17.14 per hour to be able to live comfortably in a one-bedroom apartment at market price.
For people who make minimum wage, this is not good news. The nation’s highest minimum wage will be $15 per hour, in Washington, D.C., but that doesn’t begin until 2020, and it obviously still doesn’t meet the $17.14 the study focused on.
The NLIHC went a step further and created a map detailing how many hours a minimum wage worker would need to work in each state in order to afford a one-bedroom apartment, without paying more than 30% of their overall income. The numbers are staggering and prove without a doubt that affordable housing is out of reach for many Americans. Take a look at the map below to see where your state ranks.
Click HERE to check out an interactive version of the map.
h/t: Mental Floss
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