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Study: 24% of DC “Working Households” Pay More Than Half of Income on Housing

by Shilpi Paul

According to a study released by the Center for Housing Policy, housing costs have become more of a burden on middle class Americans in the past couple years.

The study looked at Census data from “working American” households, defined as households that have an income of no more than 120 percent of the median income for a given area. In this group, the percentage of households that carried a “severe housing cost burden” — paying more than half of their income on housing — rose from 22 percent in 2008 to almost 24 percent in 2010.

Study: 24% of DC "Working Households" Pay More Than Half of Income on Housing: Figure 1
Share of working households with severe housing costs burdens. Courtesy of CHP.

The District matched the nationwide numbers, with about 24 percent of working households carrying a severe housing burden in 2010 compared to 22 percent in 2008. But in the metro area, which includes some of Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, those paying more than half toward housing dropped slightly, from 22 percent in 2008 to 21 percent in 2010. That puts the region on the lower end of the pack, nowhere near the high of 43 percent in Miami and above the low of 15 percent in Pittsburgh.

From the study:

Working households needed to put in at 20 hours of work in order to be included in the study; if those working less than 20 hours had been included, the percentage of households carrying the severe burden (nationwide) would have risen to 27 percent in 2010, according to the study.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/housing_affordability_still_tough_for_middle_class_americans/5203

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