By Sahid Fawaz

How bad is the federal minimum wage? Bad. Really bad. 

Just take a look at the map below to see how inadequate the current minimum wage of $7.25 is for workers. 

For a large version of the map, click here.

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0 #81 john carter 2017-05-19 05:35
Yes, great US Military force. Also, in his post you have given a chance to listen about US Military. I really appreciate your work. Thanks for sharing it.
0 #80 john carter 2017-05-19 05:35
+1 #79 M.R. Callahan 2016-05-26 06:20
The stats are a little misleading. Living in FL I have found several bargains in searching for rental and for sale properties that are less expensive than those in cities in TN and GA. I've lived on minimum wage and actually bought a house (yrs ago), but it was because we educated ourselves to the market and asked a lot of questions, etc. YOU CAN LIVE on minimum wages, but no one with ambition will stay there! MW is a place to START and shouldn't be looked at as a career choice!
+1 #78 Heidi 2016-05-20 04:47
Why do people think minimum wage was ever intended to mean "living" wage?
0 #77 Cloudchaser 2016-05-19 18:53
I wonder if that includes rent plus other living expenses plus a bit extra (at least $100 a month) for savings or just rent alone
0 #76 Rick 2016-05-19 01:39
Minimum wage was something used to get us out of the depression back in the 30's. Why would someone working a minimum wage or non-skilled worker job need a 2 bedroom apartment? Minimum wage and non-skilled jobs are nor meant for you to support a family especially as your sole source of income. People need to stop feeling sorry for themselves and expecting everyone to do the hard work for them. Learn a trade or even try and climb the company ladder, put some effort forth and you shall be rewarded. Stop complaining, life isn't fair but you can always try and do something about it instead of expecting other people to do it for you. Go ahead and bump minimum wage up to 15 bucks an hour and then watch how fast a computer will replace you, because it's more cost effective and can actually take my order right.
0 #75 Zeke 2016-05-18 22:04
By no stretch of the imagination do you need that much in Utah, i live just outside of slc, and take home 2k/month.

Have a 2 br apt, and still spend stupid amounts of money on booze.
0 #74 Karl 2016-05-18 18:13
Notice how most of the affordable starts have conservative roots?
0 #73 chris anastasios 2016-05-18 16:07
I'm simply trying to understand why people think just because you have a college degree that you should be making more money than one who does not posess a degree. Only a fool thinks this and will learn that a college degree is not going to educate you to make money. It will educate you to be what you chose to be. Whetever that may be.
0 #72 Melissa 2016-05-18 08:04
My husband and I lived very comfortably on $850 a month, we had a two bedroom apartment, went out to eat occasionally and had all the necessities. We even took one vacation a year and had a basic cell phone plan. We also managed to save $10,000 in two years. And had a baby during that time, all without feeling deprived of anything. Those that say you need a lot to live and live quite well are wasting their money on something.

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