10 Most Expensive Metro Areas to Live as a Low-Wage Worker

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  • 1. San Francisco, California
  • 2. Honolulu, Hawaii
  • San Jose, Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
  • Orange County, California
  • 5. Nassau-Suffolk, New York
  • 6. Santa Cruz-Fremont, California
  • 7. Oakland-Fremont, California
  • 8. Connecticut
  • 9. Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 10. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

1. San Francisco, California

Where in America can a low-wage worker afford to pay rent for a one- or two-bedroom apartment? The answer is nowhere, according to a recent report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Take a look at the 10 most expensive metropolitan areas in America for housing. Natelege Whaley (@natelege)

In San Francisco, a household has to make $37.62 an hour to afford a two-bedroom. The minimum wage in California is currently $8.  

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