While the economy continues to do better and more Americans are finding jobs, the struggle for affordable housing continues. Hourly wages are not climbing near the rate rents are, leaving nearly 21 million people dealing with this issue.
The map shows how much money a person would need hourly in order to afford a two bedroom apartment. Not one state is that actually possible.
Many families and people on a fixed income cannot find rentals in their market. This trend continues to rise because the demand for affordable housing is so high and many people cannot afford to buy.
There needs to be an expansion of affordable housing and the minimum wage needs to rise to ensure that people who are working are actually able to afford a place to live.
U.S Wages Compared to rental