In D.C., Three Minimum Wage Jobs Needed To Afford Two-Bedroom Apartment

Minimum-wage earners need about three full-time jobs to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment in D.C., Maryland or Virginia, according to a new study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

The study looks at how many hours minimum-wage earners, or two minimum-wage earners in one household, must work full-time in order to afford the fair market rent in a given state, while spending no more than 30 percent of income on housing.

  • In the District of Columbia, minimum-wage earners need to work 132 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, in order to afford a Fair Market Rent of $1,412.
  • In Maryland, minimum wage-earners need to work 135 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, in order to afford a Fair Market rent of $1,273.
  • In Virginia, minimum wage-earners need to work 114 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, in order to afford a Fair Market rent of $1,078.

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