In an ideal world, you’re not spending more than a third of your monthly income on rent. In reality, however, the truth is far more grim and draining on your back account, and perhaps only staved off if you’re an anesthesiologist living in North Dakota. Rents are rising pretty precipitously in cities across the country, and are expected to climb by 1.7% nationally this year, per data provided by Zillow.
With nearly 80 million hourly workers over the age of 16 in the United States as of 2015, it’s worth exploring just how much hourly employees need to earn in order to rent a two-bedroom apartment without spending over a third of their income. Enter the National Low Income Housing Coalition, which compiled a map demonstrating just that, in respect to all fifty states in the country.