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In Dallas, You Need to Make $29,000 Per Year to Afford a Decent Apartment

Look hard enough and you should be find a quality place like this for $722 per month.
Look hard enough and you should be find a quality place like this for $722 per month.
Dustin Gilbert

The Washington Post's Wonk Blog yesterday published a county-by-county map of what a worker needs to make to afford a decent one-bedroom apartment.

In Dallas (and Collin, and Denton County) the figure is $13.88 per hour, assuming 40-hour weeks and a full 52 weeks of pay. Annually, that comes out to about $29,000 per year.

That figure is based on the county's "fair market rent," or FMR, a metric calculated each year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for determining Section 8 payments. The FMR is designed to reflect a market price for decent, middle-of-the-road housing, the cost of basic utilities included.

In the Dallas area, the FMR for a one-bedroom apartment is $722. For a two-bedroom, it's $913.

How much workers need to make to afford those rents was calculated by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, which assumed that 30 percent of a person's income should go toward housing costs.

Housing in Dallas is slightly more expensive than the state average -- Texas has the 22nd highest housing costs in the country, according to the NLIHC -- but is cheaper than Austin, Houston, and urban areas on either cost.

So says the data. Good luck finding an apartment and utilities for $722 a month.

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.


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