The National Low Income Housing Coalition today released “Out of Reach 2011.”  This annual report contains a side-by-side comparison of wages and rents in every county, Metropolitan Area, combined non-metropolitan area and state in the United States.  The report includes:

  • Calculation of the housing wage, defined as the amount a person working full-time must earn to afford the FMR on a two-bedroom unit
  • Number of hours one must work at the minimum wage and the average renter wage in order to afford typical rents.
  • Local wage and income data for comparison purposes.

The preface to this year’s report is authored by Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

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