SWEETWATER COUNTY — According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, residents in Sweetwater County need to make $15.81 an hour to afford a modest two-bedroom rental.
The 2021 report “highlights the mismatch between the wages people earn and the price of decent rental housing in every state, metropolitan area, and county in the U.S. The report calculates the “Housing Wage” a full-time worker must earn to afford a rental home without spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs.”
Nearly a quarter of households in Sweetwater County are renters, which is just under 3,700 households.
The numbers change drastically depending on the size of the rental, but a larger family seeking a four-bedroom rental would need to earn $27.37 an hour.
The minimum wage in Wyoming is $7.25 an hour. To afford a modest one-bedroom rental at fair market value in Sweetwater County, you would need to work 75 hours a week. For an additional 12 hours per week, you could work 87 hours and afford a two-bedroom rental.
“Out of Reach 2021 finds that in no state, metropolitan area, or county can a full-time minimum-wage worker afford a modest two-bedroom rental home, and these workers cannot afford modest one-bedroom apartments in 93 percent of U.S. counties,” the report stated.
You can find the full report here.