When I got my apartment min wage was 5.25 and I made 6.50 and wasn't supposed to work over 25 hours a week. I worked 35 and our rent was 495 the cheapest we could find for a two bed room and in a not great neighborhood. (There was a shooting every week). Plus the cost of utilities AND we didn't qualify for anything other than $100 in food stamps but got wic when I got pregnant. I couldn't imagine trying to pull it off now especially because right after I left the rent went up in those apartments dramatically trying to keep pace with the rest of the city. At the time a couple of places wanted 800 for a studio.
I'll say it again though not all jobs/careers can be family sustainable. Even with the influx of new workers every year without the people who work those low income jobs while other are at high paying ones and students are in class people would not be able to stop by a resturant, go to a movie, grocery shop, etc before dang near evening. All tiers need the others, with out the top the bottom wouldn't get paid but without the bottom there would be no top. People seem to forget that.
Wow. Minimum wage here is $8.80 so at 40 hours a week that would bring in $1408.00 before taxes. That would be pleaznty for me to live on, with extra for saving. All of my monthly expenses come out to about $850.