How Much Money an Hour You Need to Make to Afford Rent in Each State

NLIHC.org
NLIHC.org

It's no secret that minimum wage is far too low for modern workers in the United States. At the moment, the lowest hourly rate in each state teeters between about seven and ten dollars. While we're making steps to give people fair wages, we still have a long way to go, as illustrated by this map. The National Low Income Housing Coalition released a report called Out of Reach,” that illustrates the divide between minimum wage and housing prices. It looks at how much a full-time employee would have to make an hour to afford a fair market, two-bedroom apartment using only 30 percent of his or her income. 

As expected, the results don't look good. No state currently offers a minimum wage that could allow a worker to afford an apartment. This comes as no surprise for more expensive metro areas like New York City, where most citizens are expected to use up to half their earnings to pay rent, but the problem extends to even the most inexpensive areas like in South Dakota. The national average to afford an apartment is $20.30 hourly ($42,240 annually) but the federal minimum wage is only $7.25. A person would have to work 112 hours a week to be able to afford the average rent. 

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The Most Popular Beard Style in Each State

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Khosrork/iStock via Getty Images

Whether you’re planning to grow a beard to flaunt with flannels or protect your face from the soon-to-be crisp breeze, one thing’s for sure—you have plenty of options when it comes to choosing what it’ll look like. To give you an idea of what’s en vogue in your area, take a look at The Black Tux’s map of the most popular beard styles across the nation.

The breakdown is based on Google Trends data, which shows which style of facial hair is most often searched for in each state. And it’s not strictly beards: you can also find your favorite mustaches in the results.

The Black Tux map of popular beard by state
The Black Tux

Now, just because hordes of people happen to be Googling the Fu Manchu mustache in Ohio and Pennsylvania doesn’t necessarily mean that all (or even many) of those people actually end up growing one, but we dearly hope that they do.

Bafflingly, Californians don’t go for the so-called Hollywoodian as much as they go for a good chin curtain beard, while Texans do choose it above all others. Soul patches apparently steal the hearts of many Kansas residents, but no other state seems particularly fond of them. And, though many of the balmy southern states shy away from heavy facial hair, Louisiana loves a full beard. The Black Tux thinks residents may be influenced by the legendary beards of Duck Dynasty’s Robertson family.

Flashy facial hair styles like the Fu Manchu and handlebar mustaches certainly make the map more fun, but the overwhelming takeaway from the statistics is that most people are pretty traditional when it comes to which designs they’re willing to sport on their faces. The most popular styles in the highest number of states were the classics: 15 chose the goatee, followed by 10 for a regular mustache, and five for a full beard.

The Black Tux state list of most popular beards
The Black Tux

Regionally, the goatee reigned supreme in the south, northeast, and midwest, while the western states mostly went for the mustache.

The black Tux regional map of popular beards
The Black Tux

Will this autumn be the season you finally decide to fully partake in pogonotrophy—the act of cultivating facial hair? If this map didn’t convince you, maybe these reasons will.

[h/t The Black Tux]

Which 'Should I ...' Question Is Your State Googling?

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iStock.com/Erikona

Whether you're about to make an important life decision or you're considering changing your appearance, you may ask Google to weigh in before moving forward. People around the country are guilty of asking the search engine subjective "should I" questions, but the subjects people are searching for vary by state.

For the map below, the analysts at the AT&T retailer All Home Connections used autocomplete to determine the most common Google search queries starting with the words "Should I ..." From there, they looked at the Google Trends data from the past year to break down the popularity of each question in all 50 states.

"Should I vote?" was one of the top searches, ranking most popular in seven states. People throughout the U.S. are also Googling health and diet-related questions, with "should I fast?", "should I lose weight?", and "should I diet?" each cropping up in multiple states. While some states are concerned with relatively minor questions, like "should I buy Bitcoin?" and "should I text him?", others are using Google to make potentially life-changing moves. "Should I break up with my boyfriend?," "should I have a baby?," and "should I buy a house?" all came out on top in at least one state.

This map represents just a fraction of what Americans are typing into Google. You can also check out the health symptoms, state-specific questions, and general topics people are searching for where you live.

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