This map shows how much you have to earn to afford rent in every state

Oregon

Hourly wage needed for a two-bedroom apartment: $19.78

State minimum wage: $10.25

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Portland, Oregon, USA skyline at dusk with Mt. Hood in the distance.

Pennsylvania

Hourly wage needed for a two-bedroom apartment: $18.68

State minimum wage: $7.25

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Rhode Island

Hourly wage needed for a two-bedroom apartment: $19.49

State minimum wage: $9.60

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Buildings along the Providence River at twilight, in downtown Providence, Rhode Island.

South Carolina

Hourly wage needed for a two-bedroom apartment: $15.83

State minimum wage: None

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South Dakota

Hourly wage needed for a two-bedroom apartment: $14.12

State minimum wage: $8.65

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Tennessee

Hourly wage needed for a two-bedroom apartment: $15.34

State minimum wage: None

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Texas

Hourly wage needed for a two-bedroom apartment: $18.38

State minimum wage: $7.25

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Utah

Hourly wage needed for a two-bedroom apartment: $17.02

State minimum wage: $7.25

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Vermont

Hourly wage needed for a two-bedroom apartment: $21.90

State minimum wage: $10

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Virginia

Hourly wage needed for a two-bedroom apartment: $23.29

State minimum wage: $7.25

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Washington

Hourly wage needed for a two-bedroom apartment: $23.84

State minimum wage: $11

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Mount Rainier over Tacoma Washington waterfront during alpenglow sunset evening

West Virginia

Hourly wage needed for a two-bedroom apartment: $14.49

State minimum wage: $8.25

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Wisconsin

Hourly wage needed for a two-bedroom apartment: $16.11

State minimum wage: $7.25

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Wyoming

Hourly wage needed for a two-bedroom apartment: $15.62

State minimum wage: $5.15

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Brittany Anas

Hi, I'm Brittany Anas (pronounced like the spice, anise ... see, that wasn't too embarrassing to say, now was it?) My professional writing career started when I was in elementary school and my grandma paid me $1 for each story I wrote for her. I'm a former newspaper reporter, with more than a decade of experience Hula-hooping at planning meetings and covering just about every beat from higher-education to crime to science for the Boulder Daily Camera and The Denver Post. Now, I'm a freelance writer, specializing in travel, health, food and adventure. I've contributed to publications including Men's Journal, Forbes, Women's Health, American Way, TripSavvy, Eat This, Not That!, Apartment Therapy, Denver Life Magazine, 5280, Livability, The Denver Post, Simplemost, USA Today Travel Tips, Make it Better, AAA publications, Reader's Digest, Discover Life and more. Learn More.