The 12 Least Affordable States for Renters

Full-time workers are feeling the pinch in today’s rental market.

A nationwide housing shortage and skyrocketing property values—coupled with fewer pay raises for the general working population in recent decades—are fueling a squeeze in the rental market.

But how affordable is rent in your state?

The 12 least affordable states on this list are ranked based on the number of jobs needed at an average renter’s wage to afford a modest two-bedroom unit.

Rent Affordability by State

#10. Oregon

Renters living in Oregon's priciest metro area (Portland) need to pull in at least six figures annually to afford the average two-bedroom rent.

That's according to an Apartment List analysis of rent data that uses the 30% of income rule for housing expenses.

#9. Connecticut

Connecticut ranks the ninth least affordable state for renters. A renter who earns the average wage of $21 an hour would need to take on at least an additional part-time job at a similar rate to afford a moderately priced two-bedroom rental.

#8. Maryland

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