MIT offers a living wage calculator that will calculate living wage depending on different cities and their typical expenses. So what about Mountain View? A living wage for a single adult with no children is $12.01. And how about a family with 2 adults and 2 children? Now we’re talking $23.09.
More striking is this… for any family exceeding 2 people, the current wage of $8.00 qualifies as poverty level. Even at $10.60 an hour, a home with 2 adults and 2 children will qualify as living in poverty.
Sounds like Richmond at $13.00 and Seattle at $15.00 are more our speed.
It’s about time for a change in Mountain View. As the heart of innovation and wealth, we can do it, and we can afford it.
Living Wage Calculation for Mountain View city, Santa Clara County, California.
The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time 2080 hours per year. The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. The poverty rate is typically quoted as gross annual income. We have converted it to an hourly wage for the sake of comparison. Wages that are less than the living wage are shown in red.