Report shows Philadelphia housing wage up 43 percent since 2000

    A report released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania shows the housing wage in Philadelphia County has increased 43 percent since 2000.

    The Out of Reach 2011 report measures the cost of rental housing for every county, metropolitan area and state in the nation.

    Housing wage is based on how much hourly wage a family must earn to afford rent and utilities in the public housing market. According to the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County’s housing wage is $20.71 — more than this map shows renters need to make to afford a two-bedroom unit in the state.

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