I removed most of this original post as I discovered confusing irregularities in the reporting that made it impossible to figure out what they were saying. Instead, I’ll leave just the original part here.
The Oregonian newspaper:
If the average renter cannot afford to rent even a one-bedroom apartment, then how are they living in a rental unit?
This logical conflict was invented by the headline writers as the actual underlying report says something different. But the headline sure makes for good click-bait!
In the version for Oregon, they use a one bedroom apartment and rents should not exceed 30% of income. The average hourly wage in Oregon is $25 per hour.
In the San Francisco version, they use a two bedroom apartment and rents should not exceed 40% of income. The average hourly wage in San Francisco is $40 per hour.
The discrepancy between markets, choosing 1 and 2 bedroom rental units and the 30% and 40% income levels is not explained.