Here’s How Many Minimum Wage Hours You Need To Work To Afford Rent

Here's How Many Minimum Wage Hours You Need To Work To Afford Rent

If there’s one thing Millennials love to bitch about, it’s how much money we don’t have. As it turns out, our complaints over splitting the brunch check equally may actually be legitimate. The National Low Income Housing Coalition just released the data of how many hours you would have to chug away at your minimum-wage job per week to be able to afford a one-bedroom apartment priced at the 2015 Fair Market Rent number of $806. Get ready, because these numbers are rough.

Hawaii: 125
Maryland: 101
DC: 100
New Jersey: 100
New York: 98
Virginia: 97
California: 92
Delaware: 89
New Hampshire: 89
Massachusetts: 87
Connecticut: 84
Alaska: 79
Pennsylvania: 78
Florida: 77
Colorado: 75
Illinois: 75
Texas: 73
Washington: 73
Georgia: 72
Maine: 71
Nevada: 71
Vermont: 70
Louisiana: 69
Utah: 69
Minnesota: 68
Arizona: 67
Rhode Island: 67
Wisconsin: 67
North Carolina: 66
South Carolina: 66
Tennessee: 65
New Mexico: 64
Wyoming: 64
Indiana: 62
Kansas: 62
North Dakota: 62
Alabama: 61
Mississippi: 61
Idaho: 59
Missouri: 59
Oklahoma: 59
Iowa: 58
Michigan: 58
Oregon: 58
Kentucky: 57
Arkansas: 54
Montana: 54
Nebraska: 54
Ohio: 54
West Virginia: 53
South Dakota: 49

Basically, if you want to keep making the Starbucks drink of the month for all of the basic bitches in your hometown, I hope you’re living in the middle of nowhere, because otherwise you’re SOL. DC, NY, and Hawaii are no surprises, but flipping burgers 100 hours a week to afford to live in New Jersey? No thanks, I think I’ll pass. Looks like it’s time to start fluffing up that resume, because the alternative of hunting down a roommate from Craigslist to be able to afford to wait tables just isn’t going to fly anymore. At least we have a few more years before the market is likely to crash again?

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Steph W.

Steph W. is a new Master's degree graduate with an intern's salary and six-figure taste. She realizes her expectations far exceed reality, so she spends her days pinning away Loubs she pretends are in her physical closet instead of her virtual one. Her hobbies include attempting to trapping her boyfriend into marriage before he finds out how insane she is and pretending that Black Box wine tastes as good as the kind she could afford when she was gainfully employed. Send her tips for getting out of student debt at

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