- Renters have their work – or wallets – cut out for them.
- GoBankingRates recently revealed the salary renters need to afford rent for a median-priced, single-family home in every US state.
- In some states, renters need to earn as much as $US100,000. Only four states have a median rent less than $US1,000.
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Being a renter these days isn’t fun.

Business Insider previously reported that rent is soaring across the US. A study by GoBankingRates found that most renters across the country show signs of spending too much on living costs.

But just how much should you plan to shell out for rent? The answer depends on where you live.

GoBankingRates revealed how big your annual salary needs to be to afford rent in every US state, including Washington, DC. To determine the list, they used the budgeting rule of thumb that one should spend no more than 30% of their annual income on housing.

GoBankingRates then found the median rent for a single-family residence in each state using the Zillow Rent Index, and calculated how much annual income one needs in order for rent costs to equal less than 30%.

The five states where you need to earn the most money to afford rent are all coastal – and you need to earn six figures to rent in the top two, California and Washington, DC. Meanwhile, the five states where you need the lowest salary to pay rent are in the South or Midwest. Four of these are the only states on the list with a median rent less than $US1,000, meaning one can earn less than $US40,000 and still afford rent.

From Florida to New York, see the salary you need to afford rent in every state, ranked from lowest to highest. These figures are updated as of June 2019.

## 51. Renters in West Virginia need to make at least $US35,520 to pay for housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US35,520

**Monthly income needed: **$US2,960

**Median rent: **$US888

## 50. Renters in Oklahoma need to make at least $US38,000 to pay for housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US38,000

**Monthly income needed: **$US3,167

**Median rent: **$US950

## 49. Renters in Arkansas need to make at least $US38,120 to pay for housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US38,120

**Monthly income needed: **$US3,177

**Median rent: **$US953

## 48. Renters in Alabama need a salary of at least $US39,920 to pay for housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US39,920

**Monthly income needed: **$US3,327

**Median rent: **$US998

## 47. Renters in Missouri need to make at least $US41,880 to pay for housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US41,880

**Monthly income needed: **$US3,490

**Median rent: **$US1,047

## 46. Renters in Kansas need to make at least $US42,040 to pay for housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US42,040

**Monthly income needed: **$US3,503

**Median rent: **$US1,051

## 45. Renters in Mississippi need to make at least $US42,200 to pay for housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US42,200

**Monthly income needed: **$US3,517

**Median rent: **$US1,055

## 44. Renters in Iowa need to make at least $US42,280 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US42,280

**Monthly income needed: **$US3,523

**Median rent: **$US1,057

## 43. Renters in Kentucky need to make at least $US43,360 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US43,360

**Monthly income needed: **$US3,613

**Median rent: **$US1,084

## 42. Renters in Michigan need to make at least $US44,400 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US44,400

**Monthly income needed: **$US3,700

**Median rent: **$US1,110

## T40. Renters in Ohio need to make at least $US44,520 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US44,520

**Monthly income needed: **$US3,710

**Median rent: **$US1,113

## T40. Renters in Indiana need to make at least $US44,520 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US44,520

**Monthly income needed: **$US3,710

**Median rent: **$US1,113

## 39. Renters in Wisconsin need to make at least $US45,640 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US45,640

**Monthly income needed: **$US3,803

**Median rent: **$US1,141

## 38. Renters in Wyoming need to make at least $US45,960 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US45,960

**Monthly income needed: **$US3,830

**Median rent: **$US1,149

## 37. Renters in Tennessee need to make at least $US46,120 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US46,120

**Monthly income needed: **$US3,843

**Median rent: **$US1,153

## 36. Renters in New Mexico need to make at least $US48,000 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US48,000

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,000

**Median rent: **$US1,200

## 35. Renters in North Carolina need to make at least $US48,320 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US48,320

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,027

**Median rent: **$US1,208

## 34. Renters in South Carolina need to make at least $US48,360 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US48,360

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,030

**Median rent: **$US1,209

## 33. Renters in South Dakota need to make at least $US48,520 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US48,520

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,043

**Median rent: **$US1,213

## 32. Renters in Montana need to make at least $US49,360 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US49,360

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,113

**Median rent: **$US1,234

## 31. Renters in Idaho need to make at least $US49,520 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US49,520

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,127

**Median rent: **$US1,238

## 30. Renters in Pennsylvania need to make at least $US49,680 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US49,680

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,140

**Median rent: **$US1,242

## 29. Renters in Louisiana need to make at least $US49,800 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US49,800

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,150

**Median rent: **$US1,245

## 28. Renters in Nebraska need to make at least $US50,120 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US50,120

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,177

**Median rent: **$US1,253

## 27. Renters in Georgia need to make at least $US50,480 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US50,480

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,207

**Median rent: **$US1,262

## 26. Renters in North Dakota need to make at least $US51,600 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US51,600

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,300

**Median rent: **$US1,290

## 25. Renters in Arizona need to make at least $US54,240 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US54,240

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,520

**Median rent: **$US1,356

## 24. Renters in Nevada need to make at least $US56,920 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US56,920

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,743

**Median rent: **$US1,423

## 23. Renters in Delaware need to make at least $US57,400 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US57,400

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,783

**Median rent: **$US1,435

## 22. Renters in Minnesota need to make at least $US57,960 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US57,960

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,830

**Median rent: **$US1,449

## 21. Renters in Virginia need to make at least $US58,080 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US58,080

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,840

**Median rent: **$US1,452

## 20. Renters in Texas need to make at least $US58,200 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US58,200

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,850

**Median rent: **$US1,455

## 19. Renters in Illinois need to make at least $US58,520 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US58,520

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,877

**Median rent: **$US1,463

## 18. Renters in Maine need to make at least $US58,640 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US58,640

**Monthly income needed: **$US4,887

**Median rent: **$US1,466

## 17. Renters in Utah need to make at least $US61,040 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US61,040

**Monthly income needed: **$US5,087

**Median rent: **$US1,526

## 16. Renters in Florida need to make at least $US63,600 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US63,600

**Monthly income needed: **$US5,300

**Median rent: **$US1,590

## 15. Renters in Vermont need to make at least $US63,960 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US63,960

**Monthly income needed: **$US5,330

**Median rent: **$US1,599

## 14. Renters in Oregon need to make at least $US68,280 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US68,280

**Monthly income needed: **$US5,690

**Median rent: **$US1,707

## 13. Renters in Rhode Island need to make at least $US69,000 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US69,000

**Monthly income needed: **$US5,750

**Median rent: **$US1,725

## 12. Renters in New Hampshire need to make at least $US69,920 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US69,920

**Monthly income needed: **$US5,827

**Median rent: **$US1,748

## 11. Renters in Alaska need to make at least $US69,920 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US69,920

**Monthly income needed: **$US5,827

**Median rent: **$US1,748

## 10. Renters in Connecticut need to make at least $US72,120 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US72,120

**Monthly income needed: **$US6,010

**Median rent: **$US1,803

## 9. Renters in Maryland need to make at least $US72,280 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US72,280

**Monthly income needed: **$US6,023

**Median rent: **$US1,807

## 8. Renters in Washington need to make at least $US73,500 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US73,500

**Monthly income needed: **$US6,127

**Median rent: **$US1,838

## 7. Renters in Colorado need to make at least $US77,080 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US77,080

**Monthly income needed: **$US6,423

**Median rent: **$US1,927

## 6. Renters in New York need to make at least $US82,000 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US82,000

**Monthly income needed: **$US6,833

**Median rent: **$US2,050

## 5. Renters in New Jersey need to make at least $US82,480 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US82,480

**Monthly income needed: **$US6,837

**Median rent: **$US2,062

## 4. Renters in Massachusetts need to make at least $US90,080 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US90,080

**Monthly income needed: **$US7,507

**Median rent: **$US2,252

## 3. Renters in Hawaii need to make at least $US99,240 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US99,240

**Monthly income needed: **$US8,270

**Median rent: **$US2,481

## 2. Renters in California need to make at least $US100,720 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US100,720

**Monthly income needed: **$US8,393

**Median rent: **$US2,518

## 1. Renters in Washington, DC need to make at least $US108,440 to cover housing.

**Annual income needed: **$US108,440

**Monthly income needed: **$US9,037

**Median rent: **$US2,711

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