A fascinating chart, via +M Monica
: How many hours per week would you have to work at minimum wage, just in order to afford fair market rent there. Khimm rather mildly says, "in no state was a 40-hour work week enough;" to be a bit more precise, Puerto Rico, at 55 hours, was the only location under 60 hours per week. In my own home of California, you would have to work for 130 hours per week
just to pay the rent -- if you actually want to eat, you'll need to work more.
I suppose there's good news in that: if you only need to work another 38 hours per week to pay for everything other than rent, then you'll be working a full 168 hours per week and won't actually need to sleep anyway, which will save you a great deal of money on housing. Or you could just live in Hawaii, where rent alone would take up 175 hours per week, more time than actually exists.