Workers in All 50 States Will Need $15 an Hour by 2024 to Afford the Basics

Think the $15 minimum wage is just a New York and California thing? Cost of living data from the Economic Policy Institute shows that in all fifty states—in both rural and urban areas—$15 an hour is the minimum wage that a single adult working full-time will need by 2024 to cover basic living expenses—including rent, food, transportation, health care, and taxes. And workers in expensive regions, or workers with children, will need even more. The Raise the Wage Act would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. To learn more, visit

Hourly Living Wage in 2024, Fifty States and the District of Columbia

In a new report, NELP Senior Researcher Maya Pinto charts projected hourly living wages by 2024 for rural and urban workers across the country, showing that living wages will be clustered above the $15 mark by the time the Raise the Wage Act would go into effect.

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