The Virginia Housing Alliance and the National Low-Income Housing Coalition jointly released Out of Reach 2019 report, which provides the housing wage for all states, counties, and metropolitan areas in the country. Each year, the data in Out of Reach informs housing policy makers and advocates at the national, state, and local levels. It also provides the average wages of renters, the number of hours minimum wage earners must work to afford rent, and the cost of rental homes across the country.
The report highlights the gap between what renters earn and what it costs to afford rent at fair market value. According to 2019 Out of Reach, Virginia is the 13th most expensive state in the nation. In Fairfax County, the annual salary needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment at the Fair Market Rent (FMR) of $1,665 was $66,600 A minimum wage earner would have to work four full-time jobs to afford a two-bedroom unit at the FMR in Fairfax County.
Out of Reach 2019 is available at: https://reports.nlihc.org/sites/default/files/oor/OOR_2019.pdf