Report: Most People Can't Afford Where They Live

Report: Most People Can't Afford Where They Live

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SALT LAKE CITY (KSL News Services) -- Can you afford to live where you live? A new report out today says most Utahns can't.

Wages aren't keeping up with costs to keep a roof over people's heads and they're turning to governments for assistance. The study says residents of the state would have to make 12.98 an hour to afford a modest, two bedroom apartment. But the average Utahn only makes 9.54 an hour.

Housing Advocate Claudia O'Grady says either wages need to come up or housing costs need to go down. The Utah Housing Coalition's report says Summit County is the most expensive place to live. You'd have to make nearly 19 dollars an hour to live there. The Price area is the least expensive but advocates say jobs are scarce.

Housing advocates are calling for the minimum wage to be raised in Utah.

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