In Brief

Shocking data shows a widening gap between people's pay and the cost of living.

What does it take to pay your rent? For millions of Americans, it’s more than what they make. The National Low Income Housing Coalition recently calculated how much someone would have to earn to afford a one-bedroom apartment in each county in America, and The Washington Post put together an interactive map that displays the wide variations in what is called the ‘housing wage’ across the country: what hourly wage is needed to rent middle-quality housing, neither luxurious nor squalid, in their area.

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