Explore National, State & Metro-Level Housing Affordability Challenges
Millions of working American households struggle to make ends meet. For many of them, more than half their income goes to pay for their housing, straining their household budget and leaving too little for other necessities like food, health care, transportation, and child care. These resources examine housing affordability challenges at the national, state, and local level.
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Housing Landscape 2016, analyzing 2014 American Community Survey data, finds that 17.6 percent of working households were severely cost burdened (9.6 million households total).
Housing Landscape 2015, analyzing 2013 American Community Survey data, finds that 21.2 percent of working households were severely cost burdened (9.6 million households total), and 25 percent of working renters and 17.1 percent of working homeowners paid more than half of their incomes for housing that year.
Housing Landscape 2014, analyzing 2012 American Community Survey data, finds that 24.7 percent of all renter households were severely burdened compared to 10.5 percent of all owner households.