Here's what you need to earn to afford rent in Atlanta

Looking to rent a new pad in metro Atlanta? Some data from a national advocacy group may give you some insight.

According to a recent report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, to live in Atlanta, you will need to earn more than the average Georgia renter.

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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. 

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The federal minimum wage is $7.25.

According to its website, the NLIHC advocates for preserving existing federal housing resources and expanding the supply of low-income housing, among other things.

Its report, "Out of Reach," examined the national, regional, state and county level trends in the cost of rent versus the average worker’s income.

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Though the metro Atlanta housing wage is steep, it's lower than the national average: $22.10 an hour

Atlanta renters’ housing wage is a bit more than Savannah’s. Renters in the coastal city on average have a housing wage of $20.44 an hour.

To view county-by-county data, visit the NLIHC's website

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