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Minimum Wage Won’t Pay the Rent in These 16 cities

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Rent prices have increased by 2% to 4% nationwide each year since 2011, according to CoreLogic. While gains in federal and state minimum wage rules have somewhat mitigated the bite for lower-wage earners in certain areas, it’s often not enough to compete with the rising cost of housing. Meanwhile, the population of renters has increased, forcing renters to compete for a finite supply of rental housing, which is already pricing out some people.

Using data from the Joint Center of Housing Studies and the Economic Policy Institute, MagnifyMoney identified 16 cities where the median rent claims all of a minimum wage worker’s take-home pay, and then some. Let’s take a look at big cities that are more affordable and ones where the rent is too darn high.

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Methodology

In December 2019, MagnifyMoney calculated the minimum wage of workers in 34 of the nation’s largest cities — those with a population of 300,000 or more in 2018 — to determine the relative affordability of rental housing. Our findings are based on data from the Joint Center of Housing Studies for median rent and the Economic Policy Institute for minimum wages. To find estimated take-home pay after payroll tax, we assumed 16% withholding in Social Security, Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA), Medicare and federal income tax.

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16. San Francisco

Minimum wage: $15.59

Rent as percentage of take-home pay: 101%

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15. Denver

Minimum wage: $11.10

Rent as percentage of take-home pay: 103%

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14. Baltimore

Minimum wage: $10.10

Rent as percentage of take-home pay: 103%

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13. Indianapolis

Minimum wage: $7.25

Rent as percentage of take-home pay: 104%

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12. Tampa, Florida

Minimum wage: $8.46

Rent as percentage of take-home pay: 106%

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11. Las Vegas

Minimum wage: $8.25

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Rent as percentage of take-home pay: 111%

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10. San Antonio

Minimum wage: $7.25

Rent as percentage of take-home pay: 111%

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9. San Diego

Minimum wage: $12.00

Rent as percentage of take-home pay: 113%

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8. Charlotte, North Carolina

Minimum wage: $7.25

Rent as percentage of take-home pay: 114%

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7. Orlando, Florida

Minimum wage: $8.46

Rent as percentage of take-home pay: 116%

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6. Houston

Minimum wage: $7.25

Rent as percentage of take-home pay: 121%

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5. Philadelphia

Minimum wage: $7.25

Rent as percentage of take-home pay: 124%

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4. Dallas

Minimum wage: $7.25

Rent as percentage of take-home pay: 125%

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3. Atlanta

Minimum wage: $7.25

Rent as percentage of take-home pay: 129%

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2. Miami

Minimum wage: $8.46

Rent as percentage of take-home pay: 132%

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1. Austin, Texas

Minimum wage: $7.25

Rent as percentage of take-home pay: 143%




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