Six-figure salary needed to rent two-bedroom in US

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Washington, July 13 (IANS) A six-figure annual income is needed to afford an “average” two-bedroom apartment in the five largest cities of the US, a personal finance company said.

In an annual report on Wednesday, SmartAsset searched 15 major cities and estimated how much residents need to earn in order to afford a two-bedroom apartment, reports Xinhua news agency.

Rent prices were pulled from RENTCafe’s January 2017 report. Researchers say no more than 28 per cent of income should be spent on housing, a threshold set by the US Census Bureau to avoid being “cost-burdened”.

San Francisco topped the list with $179,529 in required annual income, more than $15,000 ahead of second place New York City at $164,614.

Boston, Los Angeles and Washington followed New York with $135,686, $109,543 and $103,543 respectively.

Despite the high cost of living in San Francisco, only 31 per cent of households make more than 150,000 dollars per year.

According to SmartAsset, Atlanta ($53,914), Dallas ($51,600) and Houston ($46,629) are much more affordable for renters.

–IANS

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