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PHOENIX – Tucson has been ranked as one of the most affordable large cities in the country for those earning minimum wage.
WalletHub analysis the 75 most populous cities in the United States and each ranked by the number of hours it would take a tenant to pay the median cost of a one-bedroom apartment while still earning minimum wage.
The study found that it would take 57.4 monthly hours worked at the state’s gross minimum wage ($ 12.15) to pay the median rent of $ 697.
Bakersfield, Calif., Has proven to be the most affordable for low-income people, boosted by the city’s $ 14 hourly minimum wage, even though rent is higher than Tucson at $ 733.
Tucson’s median gross monthly rent ranked third in the top 10 cities, behind Detriot, Michigan, and Cleveland, Ohio.
Phoenix was also among the most affordable major cities in the country for those earning minimum wage, ranking 14th.
The median monthly rent in Arizona’s most populous city – the nation’s fifth largest – is much higher than Tucson at $ 924 and it would take 76 monthly hours worked at gross minimum wage to pay rent.
Mesa was right behind Phoenix at No.17 with a median monthly rent of $ 982, which would take around 80 man hours to pay minimum wage rent.
The least affordable city in the country for minimum wage earners, according to the study, was Atlanta, Georgia.
While not the most expensive monthly rent on the list ($ 1,283), the state’s minimum wage is only $ 7.25, which would force minimum wage earners to work 177 hours a month to pay rent.
San Francisco’s median rent is the highest among the country’s most populous cities, at just over $ 2,000, but the city’s minimum wage is $ 16.07 an hour.
The website’s ranking was only based on the number of hours worked it would take to pay minimum wage rent, with additional expenses, cost of living and quality of life not factored into the figure. ranking.