I must be really lucky where I live then. I have a two bedroom apartment (540$/mth) in a nice middle class neighborhood. Luckily I make more than minimum wage, but I budget on my bills on less than 1160$ mth just in case something were to happen and money wasn't coming in.
before we got married, dh and i both worked min wage jobs full time. by himself he *did not* make enough to qualify for *low income* housing. i had to sign saying i "gave him" a certain amount of money every month. one bedroom.
Our minimum wage here is 15.50. about 590 a week, after tax about 490. The average rent for a 2 bed apartment (or units / flats ) is about 280. But they are hard to come by, 3 bedroom homes on 1/4 acre blocks are the norm here and they are approx 300-380 depending on age.
If you are on minimum you are usually a teen or young adult in their first job...so if you were renting, chances are you are sharing with friends.
Average wage for a adult who has been working a while is around 20 an hour.
Minimum wage is not meant to be a LIVING wage. It was meant to be the bottom tier of the pay system...high school/college jobs...some entry level jobs...low skill jobs. People wonder where the middle class went..it got slurped up by the increasing minimum wage.
I would love to be able to pay my counter girl & delivery driver the fed min wage..and give the extra dollar and change to my skilled workers instead...state of Oregon says I can't....so my counter girl and delivery driver got a fifty cent raise to $8.80 while my skilled workers..those in the middle class got nothing..the gap between closes some more..
Oh and before I become evil, mean, uncaring or greedy. I will happily pay them all $20 an hour if you will happily pay $30 to have a shirt cleaned.