The fair market rent in Atlanta for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,031, according to the NLIHC, citing 2018 data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To afford that (defining "afford" as not paying more than 30 percent of one's income on housing costs), an Atlanta renter would have to make $41,240 a year – which is a "housing wage" of $19.83 an hour.
The state average for this housing wage is a bit lower, at $17.53 per hour, or $36,459, according to the NLIHC. That number ranks Georgia 27th nationally, unchanged from 2017. It was No. 26 in 2016.