Making ends meet has become harder for the country’s working class, according to a report released this week.

The housing wage, or the hourly amount a full-time worker must earn to afford a decent two-bedroom apartment, has increased to $18.92 this year, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) in its Out of Reach 2014 annual report, released Tuesday.

That national average of $18.92 is 52 percent higher than it was in 2000, officials say.

The report detailed which areas were most difficult for renters to afford housing based on the fair-market rent of a two-bedroom unit.

Five of the 10 most expensive metropolitan areas for affordability are in California, according to the report. A worker would need to earn an hourly wage of $26.04 in California, according to the state average. Meanwhile, three of the 10 most expensive areas are in Connecticut where a worker would need to earn $23.02 an hour on average for a two bedroom apartment.

Top 10 Most Expensive Metros and Hourly Wage Needed for Two-Bedroom Unit

  1. San Francisco, Calif. $37.62
  2. Honolulu, Hawaii $35.00
  3. San Jose, Calif. $31.71
  4. Orange County, Calif. $31.62
  5. Nassau, N.Y. $31.02
  6. Santa Cruz, Calif. $30.71
  7. Oakland, Calif. $30.35
  8. Danbury, Conn. $30.31
  9. Stamford, Conn. $29.83
  10. Oxnard, Conn. $28.44

Lindsay Machak is an Associate Editor for Multifamily Executive. Connect with her on Twitter @LMachak.