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Hialeah is the worst city for renters in the U.S.

An apartment complex in Hialeah is shown in this 2014 file photo. The city is the least affordable for renters in the United States, according to a new analysis.
An apartment complex in Hialeah is shown in this 2014 file photo. The city is the least affordable for renters in the United States, according to a new analysis. EL NUEVO HERALD

The worst city to be a renter in the United States? It’s Hialeah.

And Miami comes in at No. 2.

Renters in those cities pay more of their income in rent than anywhere else in the country, according to an analysis from apartment search website RentCafé. The site compared 2015 U.S. Census statistics on how much renters make and how much they spend on housing.

57 percentHow much of their income Hialeah renters pay in rent

In Hialeah, households making the city median income for renters ($22,357) spent 57 percent of their earnings on rent, meaning they had less than $10,000 to cover all other expenses. In Miami, renter households spent 48 percent of their income on housing.

Housing experts generally say households should limit their rent or mortgage expenses to 30 percent of their income. But stagnating wages and booming housing costs have made that impossible for poorer residents of cities across the country. In Hialeah, many families rent out extra rooms and garages as “efficiency” apartments.

Rounding out the five least affordable cities nationwide were Detroit (48 percent), San Bernardino, California (47 percent), and Newark, New Jersey (45 percent).

Other cities in Florida proved far more affordable. Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and St. Petersburg all offer housing costs between 32 percent and 35 percent of renter incomes.

As always, Miami rapper Pitbull was ahead of the curve on this one.

The music video for his 2014 hit “Time of our Lives” opens on New Year’s Eve with a family in Hialeah fretting over two months of unpaid rent. But abuela has a solution: “When we needed a little help to pay the rent, we threw a rent party,” she says.

Sitting across town in his convertible, Pitbull gets a text message. “Hialeah. House party. Spanish women,” he says. “Let’s ride.”

Nicholas Nehamas: 305-376-3745, @NickNehamas

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