According to Out of Reach, in no state, metropolitan area, or county can a full-time minimum-wage worker afford a modest two-bedroom rental home, and these workers cannot afford modest one-bedroom apartments in 91% of U.S. counties.
According to the report, the average Illinoisan needs to earn an hourly wage of $22.80 and work full-time to afford a two-bedroom apartment.
In most of Cook County, data shows the number exceeds the state average at $25.77.
In Kendall County it's not much better. Data shows renters would need to earn a minimum wage of $25.06 to afford a two-bedroom apartment — while Grundy County sits at $23.17.
DeKalb County comes in at $20.08, while the Kankakee area is at $18.81.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, not all parts of Illinois are out of reach for the average American.
In downstate Illinois, cities like Danville ($15.42), Decatur ($15.27), and Peoria ($15.67) offer a much lower cost of living.
In Bloomington, data shows renters would need to earn a minimum wage of $16.73 to afford a two-bedroom apartment., while Springfield sits at $16.21.
Heading northwest, Rockford area residents would need to earn $16.08.
Heading southwest, residents in the St. Louis area would need to earn $18.21.
There are more than a dozen counties in Illinois that are the cheapest and where you will get the most bang for your buck. The minimum wage in those counties is $14.13, according to the report.
The state's minimum wage is currently $12. However, some municipalities set their own minimum wage, such as Chicago which is at $15.40 for employers with 21 or more employees. It's $14.50 for employers who have between four and 20 employees.
To view Illinois' full report on rental costs and minimum wages, click here.