A recent study done by the National Low Income Housing Coalition reported that to afford a modest two-bedroom rental home, a Maine resident would have to make $19.91 an hour. A stretch as the average renter makes only $11.82 an hour.

Alternatively, the average Maine renter would have to work 72 hours per week to afford the same home.

Keep in mind, these numbers are averages. If you want to live in Portland you'd need to be making $26.67 an hour. The average hourly wage needed in Kennebec County is $16.31, Somerset County is $16.46, the Lewiston Auburn Area comes in at $17.60 while coastal Lincoln County is $18.15 an hour.

According to News Center Maine, these prices places Maine as having the seventh largest affordability gap in the country.