You Can’t Live on the Minimum Wage

Washington Post: “A professor at MIT created a new interactive map that shows where it’s hardest for those earning the minimum wage to get by. Amy Glasmeier created a tool called ‘The Living Wage Calculator,’ which shows the hourly rate that an individual needs to earn to support their family for every county in the country. She then used the information to create the map pictured below, which shows the difference between the minimum wage and the amount of money needed to meet a minimum standard of living around the U.S. ”

This new map by Esri shows where the gap is starkest between minimum wage and living wage. - VIA ESRI

“The darker red areas indicate a large gap between what someone makes earning the minimum wage and what they need to survive, while the orange areas are a smaller gap.”

“The map shows that the East Coast, especially the high-cost urban areas of Washington and New York, are some of the most challenging places for minimum-wage workers to make ends meet … Perhaps more surprisingly, the map shows that life is relatively hard for those earning the minimum wage in Wisconsin, Colorado, New York, Florida and Maine.”

“The only state in which there is not a gap is Washington State, where in some places … the cost of living is actually lower than the minimum wage.”

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