Working To Pay Rent? In These Cities You’ll Work More

All across the country, millions of people are working to pay rent. Sometimes it seems like most of your paycheck can go towards housing. If that sounds like you, you aren’t alone. Here are the 25 cities  you need to work the most in order to pay rent.

Thanks to data provided by, we can now determine the cities where people work the most just to pay rent. The results aren’t too surprising.

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California… and a few other places. Unsurprisingly, the cities on this list represent some of the largest in the country. Los Angeles, Boston, New York, etc. California is the real winner with four cities in the top 10.

What isn’t surprising is that large cities tend to have a higher cost of living. As the saying goes in real estate: location, location, location. Rents vary widely around the country as well. However, this list looked simply at work hours to pay that rent relative to the area.

The complete list of the top 25 cities where people are working to pay rent is below. Also from 

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Other Key Takeaways

The mid-west seems to represent the best deal for residents. As far as major cities go, cities like Columbus and Indianapolis fare best. Detroit, Michigan and Philadelphia, PA are also decent choices.

In these cities, residents generally only need to work 1-2 weeks out of the month to cover their rent. That may seem high, but consider the number one on this list, San Jose. A San Jose resident paying an average rent ($1,919 a month;  itself rather high) would need to work nearly 90 hours just to cover rent. And that’s assuming an hourly wage over $20.00.

You’re better off in Philadelphia where you’ll work nearly 30 hours less to pay rent. Of course, everything is relative.

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