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The hourly wage it takes to afford a 2-bedroom apartment in each state

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OKLAHOMA  CITY – A recent study is showing us the hourly wage needed to rent a two-bedroom apartment in every state in the U.S.

Can you guess how much Oklahomans need to make to afford a two-bedroom apartment?

In Oklahoma, the Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom apartment including utilities is $716, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual housing report “Out of Reach.”

In order for someone to afford this level of rent and utilities without paying more than 30 percent of income on housing, a household must earn $2,387 monthly, or $28,639 annually.

Assuming a 40-hour work week, 52 weeks per year, this level of income translates to an hourly wage of $13.77.

Out of Reach data for Oklahoma in 2015, Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition

Out of Reach data for Oklahoma in 2015, Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition

According to the study, no one who is working full-time making minimum wage can afford a two-bedroom apartment at market rent.

In fact, a person making minimum wage would need to work 76 hours a week in order to afford a two-bedroom unit.

Keep in mind that number shows how much hourly employees would have to make in order to avoid spending more than 30 percent of their income on rent.

Financial experts say 30 percent is roughly the amount most Americans should spend on rent or mortgage payments so they don’t get over their heads.

Two-bedroom rental unit housing wage, Source: NLIHC

Two-bedroom rental unit housing wage, Source: NLIHC

NLIHC also created a map that shows how many hours per week a person would need to work to afford a one-bedroom apartment on minimum wage.

According to the study, a person making minimum wage would have to work 59 hours a week in order to afford a one-bedroom apartment.

Hours at minimum wage needed to afford a one-bedroom rental unit, Source: NLIHC

Hours at minimum wage needed to afford a one-bedroom rental unit, Source: NLIHC

The Fair Market Rent varies for different counties across the state.

The results were published in a study entitled “Out of Reach,” which focused on how affordable housing was not available for low-income renters.

Click here to read more on the “Out of Reach” study.

 

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