The maps below show the feasibility of living on minimum wage in the United States by comparing every U.S. state’s minimum wage and cost of living. The minimum wage data is gathered from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), and costs were calculated using the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s living wage calculator.
The minimum wage in U.S. states varies from $15.20 per hour in the D.C., where it is the highest, to $8.65 per hour in Florida, where it is the lowest.
The minimum wage is more than 3/4 of the living cost in the preponderance of the West Coast, including Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and New Mexico, and a group of states in New England.
Most of the South and some Mountain U.S. states have it the worst, where minimum wage barely covers about 50% of the living costs, whereas parts of the American Midwest fare a little better with minimum wage covering up to 3/4 of the living costs.