In many major U.S. cities, minimum wage workers need to clock in over 50 hours each week just to be able to afford rent on a one-bedroom home, a recent survey conducted by United Way of the National Capital Area found.
In New York City, minimum wage earners would need to work 111 hours to afford to rent a one-bedroom.
United Way used data from the National Low Income Housing Coalition to calculate the number of hours a minimum wage worker would need to put in each week in order to afford rent in the 50 biggest U.S. cities.
There are only two cities on the list where a worker earning minimum wage can afford to work less than 50 hours a week: Tucson, Arizona, and Buffalo, New York.
Here’s a look at how many hours a minimum wage worker needs to clock to afford a one-bedroom rental in the 10 largest U.S. cities based upon the prevailing minimum wage in each respective city: New York – 111, Los Angeles – 84, Chicago – 112, Houston – 104, Phoenix- 65, Philadelphia – 110, San Antonio – 97, San Diego – 90, Dallas – 120, San Jose – 141