Out of Reach Press Contact and Kit

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For questions regarding media coverage and reprints, please contact Jen Butler, Senior Director, Media Relations and Communications, [email protected], 202-662-1530 x239.

Rents Out of Reach

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RENTS ARE OUT OF REACH

Low-income families in a variety of circumstances struggle to afford housing at the one- and two-bedroom fair market rent.

Hourly Wages By Percentile Vs. One- and Two-Bedroom Housing Wages

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HOURLY WAGES BY PERCENTILE VS. ONE- AND TWO-BEDROOM HOUSING WAGES

Chart shows hourly wages of workers by percentile compared to the wage needed to afford a one- and two-bedroom apartment. A worker earning the median wage cannot afford a two-bedroom apartment.

Eleven of the Twenty-Five Largest Occupations in the United States Pay Less than the Housing Wage

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ELEVEN OF THE TWENTY-FIVE LARGEST OCCUPATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES PAY LESS THAN THE HOUSING WAGE

Chart shows significant occupations with median hourly wages that fall below the national one- and two-bedroom housing wage. All of these occupations are included in the 25 largest occupations in the country.

Annual Changes in First Quarter Median Rental Prices

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ANNUAL CHANGE IN FIRST QUARTER MEDIAN RENTAL PRICES

After modest increases in rental prices for the last four years, this chart shows the significant increase in median rental prices between the first quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022.

Hourly Wage Percentiles Vs. One- and Two-Bedroom Housing Wages, By Race and Ethnicity

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HOURLY WAGE PERCENTILES VS. ONE- AND TWO-BEDROOM HOUSING WAGES, BY RACE & ETHNICITY

Chart shows wages earned by percentile for white, Black, and Hispanic workers compared to the one- and two-bedroom housing wage. The median Black and Hispanic worker earn approximately $6.00 less per hour compared to the median white worker.

Median Hourly Wage By Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

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MEDIAN HOURLY WAGES BY RACE, ETHNICITY, AND GENDER

Median hourly wages among women are less than median hourly wages among men. Workers with multiple marginalized identities, including Black women and Hispanic women, earn the lowest wages.

2022 Two-Bedroom Rental Housing Wages

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2022 TWO-BEDROOM RENTAL HOUSING WAGES

In nearly every state, a renter working full-time and earning less than $15 per hour is unable to afford a two-bedroom apartment.

Hours at Minimum Wage Needed to Afford a One-Bedroom Rental Home At Fair Market Rent in 2022

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HOURS AT MINIMUM WAGE NEEDED TO AFFORD A ONE-BEDROOM RENTAL HOME AT FAIR MARKET RENT IN 2022

In many areas of the country, minimum wage workers must work far more than 40 hours a week to be able to afford a one-bedroom apartment.