To appreciate the importance of an increased minimum wage, it’s important to understand another benchmark: living wage. “Living wage” is defined as a wage level high enough to maintain a normal standard of living, one that enables the worker to meet basic needs, including food, housing, transportation, clothing, etc. In central Indiana for example, the living wage for one adult with no children is $14.62 per hour in Marion County. In Elkhart County to the north, the single hourly living wage is $13.04; while Harrison County in southern Indiana has a living wage of $13.61 per hour. Obviously, these living wage rates are far higher than the current $7.25 minimum wage.