Metro Level Housing Affordability Challenges  

 

The data reports below offer a snapshot of housing affordability in some of the nation's largest metro areas using data from Housing Landscape 2014

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Metro Level Housing Affordability Challenges 

   

Atlanta 

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Atlanta metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 26 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty-four percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs. 

 

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Austin

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Austin metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 24 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty-three percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Baltimore

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Baltimore metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 23 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Nineteen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

 

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Birmingham

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Birmingham metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 23 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Nineteen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Boston

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Boston metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 24 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty-three percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Buffalo

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Buffalo metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 27 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Sixteen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Charlotte

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Charlotte metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 22 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Seventeen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Chicago

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the state Chicago metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 26 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty-five percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Cincinnati

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Cincinatti metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 25 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Seventeen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Cleveland

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Cleveland metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 27 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Columbus

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Columbus metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 23 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Eighteen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Dallas

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Dallas metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 20 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Nineteen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Denver

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Denver metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 22 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Nineteen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Detroit

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Detroit metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 27 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty-one percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Hartford

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Hartford metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 25 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Eighteen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Houston

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Houston metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 23 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Indianapolis

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Indianapolis metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 25 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Eighteen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Jacksonville

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Jacksonville metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 27 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. twenty-five percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Kansas City

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Kansas City metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 23 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Sixteen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Las Vegas

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Las vegas metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 24 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty-six percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Los Angeles

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Los Angeles metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 30 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Thirty-eight percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Louisville

This PDF shows the housing affordability challenges in the Louiseville metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 24 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. In total, 22 percent of Massachusett's low- and moderate-income working households spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Memphis

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Memphis metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 29 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty-six percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Miami

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Miami metro area. Here, renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 32 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Thirty-eight percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Milwaukee

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Milwaukee metro area. Here, renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 26 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty-one percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Minneapolis

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Minneapolis metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 21 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Fifteen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Nashville

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Nashville metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 21 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Eighteen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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New Orleans

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the New Orleans metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 29 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty-eight percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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New York City

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the New York City metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 28 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Thirty-five percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Oklahoma City 

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Oklahoma City metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 21 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Sixteen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Orlando

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Orlando metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 30 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Thirty-one percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Philadelphia

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Philadelphia metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 27 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty-one percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Phoenix

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Phoenix metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 23 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty-two percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Pittsburgh

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Pittsburgh metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 20 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Fourteen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Portland

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Portland metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 24 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. twenty-one percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Providence

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Providence metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 23 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty-one percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Raleigh

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Raleigh metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 20 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Sixteen percent of Oklahoma's low- and moderate-income working households spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Richmond

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Richmond metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 24 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Nineteen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Riverside

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Riverside metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 31 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Thirty-one percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Rochester

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Rochester metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 28 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Seventeen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Sacramento

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Sacramento metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 29 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. twenty-eight percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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San Antonio

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the San Antonio Metro area. Here, renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 21 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Nineteen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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San Diego

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the San Diego metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 26 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Thirty-two percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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San Francisco

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the San Francisco metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 26 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty-nine percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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San Jose

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the San Jose metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 23 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty-six percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Seattle

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Seattle metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 21 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

 

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St. Louis

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the St. Louis metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 24 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Seventeen percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Tampa

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Tampa metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 27 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty-six percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Virginia Beach

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Virginia Beach metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 26 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty-five percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Washington DC

This data report describes the housing affordability challenges of renters and owners in the Washington, DC metro area. Renters have a higher likelihood of being severely cost-burdened than owners, with 21 percent of renters spending half of their incomes on housing costs. Twenty percent of low- and moderate-income working households in the area spend at least half of their income on housing costs.

 

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Acknowledgements


The Center for Housing Policy gratefully acknowledges funding for these materials from NeighborWorks® America.  Any errors or opinions, however, are those of the authors alone.