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Utahns Need To Make $20.21 An Hour To Afford A Two Bedroom Apartment, Report Finds

According to the Out of Reach 2021 report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, you need to earn at least $20.21 an hour to afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment or home in Utah. The average renter’s hourly wage in the state is only $15.66, according to the report. Executive director of the Utah Housing Coalition Tara Rollins says many Utah renters are “living on the edge.”


In Utah, rental situations vary by county. Summit, Salt Lake and Wasatch counties are the most expensive, while counties in more rural parts of the state are cheaper.


The report recommends several federal solutions including expanding access to rental assistance, increasing the supply of affordable housing units and creating a permanent National Housing Stabilization Fund to help families with unexpected financial crises.

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!