Rent sucks everywhere. Half of the United States is rent-burdened, meaning they spend more than one-third of their income on rent. And when you hear a stat like that, sometimes you think moving to another country might help your situation. But the truth is, it’s tough around the world.
To see exactly how tough it’s gotten, relatively, the furnished apartment experts at Nestpick examined 740 neighborhoods in 50 cities, then determined the annual salary a single person would need to live in each city, spending only one-third of their income on rent. Once they made that calculation, Netpick looked at the real local salaries to discover how much of people’s after-tax expendable income is actually going towards it. The results aren’t pretty, but they give us a pretty good snapshot of exactly how burdensome it is to pay rent in the developed world.
Editor’s Note: Rent figures are given in US currency, and the exchange rate is based on the rate at the time of publication.