How Much You Have To Earn To Afford A Two-Bedroom Home In Every U.S. State

2019

According to a new 2019 “Out Of Reach” report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, there isn’t a state in the United States where earning the federal minimum wage ($7.25 an hour) could pay for a two-bedroom home.

2019 two-bedroom rental housin wages
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Hawaii is the most expensive state in the U.S. to rent a two-bedroom rental home, with renters required to earn $36.82 an hour in order to afford it, and Arkansas is the least expensive, with renters needing to make just $14.26 an hour.

Top five the most expensive U.S. states, requiring the highest wages (2019):
1. Hawaii – $36.82
2. California – $34.69
3. Massachusetts – $33.81
4. Washington, DC – $32.02
5. New York – $30.76

The bottom five U.S. states with the lowest wages required for housing (2019):
51. Arkansas – $14.26
50. West Virginia – $14.27
49. Mississippi – $14.43
48. Kentucky – $14.84
47. Alabama – $14.92

2018

2018 two-bedroom rental housin wages

Top five the most expensive U.S. states, requiring the highest wages (2018):
1. Hawaii – $36.13
2. California – $32.68
3. Washington, DC – $34.48
4. New York – $30.03
5. Massachusetts – $28.64

The bottom five U.S. states with the lowest wages required for housing (2018):
51. Arkansas – $13.84
50. West Virginia – $14.10
49. South Dakota – $14.33
48. Kentucky – $14.40
47. Mississippi – $14.51

2017

2017 two-bedroom rental housin wages

Top five the most expensive U.S. states, requiring the highest wages (2017):
1. Hawaii – $35.20
1. Washington, DC – $33.58
3. California – $30.92
4. New York – $28.08
5. Massachusetts – $27.39

The bottom five U.S. states with the lowest wages required for housing (2017):
51. Arkansas – $13.72
50. Kentucky – $13.95
49. South Dakota – $14.12
48. West Virginia – $14.49
47. Idaho – $14.65
46. Alabama – $14.78

2016

2016 two-bedroom rental housin wages

Top five the most expensive U.S. states, requiring the highest wages (2016):
1. Hawaii – $34.22
1. Washington, DC – 31.21$
3. California – $28.59
4. New York – $26.69
5. Massachusetts – $25.91

The bottom five U.S. states with the lowest wages required for housing (2016):
51. Arkansas – $13.26
49. West Virginia – $13.17
48. South Dakota – $13.77
47. Mississipi – $14.07
46. Kentucky – $14.10

2015

2015 two-bedroom rental housin wages

Top five the most expensive U.S. states, requiring the highest wages (2015):
1. Hawaii – $31.61
1. Washington, DC – 28.04$
3. California – $26.65
4. New York – $25.67
5. New Jersey – $25.17

The bottom five U.S. states with the lowest wages required for housing (2015):
51. Arkansas – $12.95
50. Kentucky – $13.14
49. West Virginia – $13.21
48. South Dakota – $13.41
47. Iowa – $13.46

Related post:
The salary you need to afford the average home in your state (based on a 30-year mortgage with a 10% down payment).

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