This map shows where in the US you need to make over $5,500 a month to rent the average home

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The average millennial earns just over $684 a week, or $2,736 a month, according to financial website SmartAssest, which pulled data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But in some of the country's more popular states, that income won't get you very far in terms of renting a place to live.

That's according to, which calculated the average price of rental properties in every state using data from Zillow, and determined how much money a household would need to make in order to afford that rental price. The researchers based their estimates on the advice that housing costs should take up no more than 30 percent of your income. More than that and the government considers you moderately or severely cost-burdened.

Below, the map shows how much monthly income is needed to rent a home in every state without being burdened. The darker the color a state is, the more expensive it is to rent there. Monthly income needed to afford average rent in every state.

Based on the report, here are the top 10 places where you'd need to earn the most money to afford to rent the average home:

Washington, D.C.

Monthly income needed: $8,487


Monthly income needed: $8,313


Monthly income needed: $7,806

New York

Monthly income needed: $7,223


Monthly income needed: $7,193

New Jersey

Monthly income needed: $6,717


Monthly income needed: $6,197


Monthly income needed: $5,993


Monthly income needed: $5,863


Monthly income needed: $5,590

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As the map shows, it's cheaper to rent in the South and the Midwest: "There is a decent-sized cluster of states in the middle part of the country across the South where relatively modest incomes afford an average sized rental — from Iowa to Alabama, households only need to make less than $3,500 each month, or less than $42,000 a year," reports

"Compare that to the group of red states in the Northeast like New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey, where workers need upward of $80,000 - $90,000 a year." 

Wherever you fall on the map, living within your means and employing some common-sense budgeting techniques can help you save in the long run. Here are some tips to get started.

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