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See what it takes to afford rent in all of Sacramento's neighborhoods

By Phillip Reese -

Paying the rent every month is getting harder for tens of thousands of Sacramento residents.

The median rent in the region - the rent in the exact middle of a list ranked from top to bottom - was $928 in 2013, down about 5 percent from 2007, after adjusting for inflation, new census figures show.

But the median household income for the region's renters fell about 16 percent during that period to roughly $35,400.

Financial experts often recommend that tenants spend no more than a third of their income on rent. To achieve that in the region's cheapest rental community - Lemon Hill in South Sacramento - a tenant in a single-earner household would need to work full-time and earn at least $13 an hour.

More than 200,000 of the region's workers earn less than $13 an hour, according to the state Employment Development Department.

This map shows the minimum hourly wage a full-time, year-round worker would need to make in each of Sacramento's largest communities to pay less than a third of their income on rent.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau