While the average renter in Marylander makes about $16 an hour, many work for no more than minimum wage -- a rate which a new study finds is inadequate to secure housing at fair market rates. With a statewide shortage in low-income housing, this often leaves low-income wage earners with very limited housing options. Use the interactive graphic below to find out which areas are toughest to live in for those who make between the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and the proposed minimum wage of $10 per hour. The proposal has been heavily contested. [interactive graphic]
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Annual income at $15,080
Affordable monthly rent*: $377
Average renter's income: --
Fair Market Rent** for -- bedroom
rental: --

Number weekly work hours needed to afford housing at Fair Market Rent: -- hours or about -- full-time jobs
*30 percent of annual income
**amount used by the Housing and Urban Development Dept. to determine how much rent is subsidized for low-income tenants in government housing

Source: National Low-Income Housing Coalition
DANA AMIHERE, NICK TANN & GREG KOHN/BALTIMORE SUN GRAPHIC