Prevalent wages and affordable rents

In collaboration with The Urban Institute

Allison Plyer

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Full–time year–round workers by income range, New Orleans metro area

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Source: The Data Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data from American Community Survey 2008.

 

Affordable rents for full–time, year–round workers (16 years+) making less than $35,000, New Orleans metro area

Number of Workers Median Annual Earnings Affordable rent + utilities
Food preparation and serving related occupations 20,829  $17,608 $440
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations 11,217 $19,471 $487
Personal care and service occupations 11,524  $19,585 $490
Healthcare support occupations 7,795 $22,864 $572
Fire fighting and prevention, and other protective service workers including supervisors 5,131 $27,654 $691
Material moving workers 5,578  $27,808  $695
Office and administrative support occupations 54,474  $28,859 $721
Motor vehicle operators 8,793  $31,150 $779
Community and social services occupations 6,873 $34,837 $871

Source: The Data Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data from American Community Survey 2008.

Note: “Rent + utilities” is defined as contract rent plus the estimated average monthly cost of utilities (electricity, gas, and water and sewer) and fuels (oil, coal, kerosene, wood). According to federal standards, “Affordable rent + utilities” are those that are less than 30 percent of a workers’ pre–tax income. The margins of error associated with the number of employees and median annual earnings are available 

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