One of Wichita’s best competitive assets is its affordability, especially of housing. But the latest study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition found that a Wichitan still needs to earn $14.27 an hour, or $29,680 a year, to afford a two-bedroom apartment, or to work 79 hours a week at the $7.25 minimum wage. The study estimated the fair-market rent on a two-bedroom in Wichita to be $742. The “housing wage” in the study came in at $15.01 an hour for Kansas, which ranked it 35th among states and its affordability slightly less than that of every neighbor but $21-an-hour Colorado. The worst city for would-be renters is San Francisco, where someone needs to earn $44.02 an hour, or $91,500 a year, to afford a two-bedroom. – Rhonda Holman
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