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The King County Benchmark Program is not currently being updated with new data.  The program is being revised to align with the newly updated King County Countywide Planning Policies. Updates of our progress in revising the Benchmark Program will be provided here.

The King County Countywide Planning Policies state: "Adequate housing, for all economic segments of the population, is a basic need of King County's residents and an issue of Countywide concern. Affordable housing needs must be addressed by local governments working in cooperation with the private sector and nonprofit housing agencies."

The Benchmark Program tracks the following outcomes of the Countywide Planning Policies related to housing affordability:

  • Provide sufficient affordable housing for all King County residents
  • Promote affordable home ownership opportunities
  • Promote equitable distribution of affordable low-income housing

Explore the indicators of affordable housing by selecting from the navigation bar to your left.

Diagram of outcomes and indicators in the Affordable Housing policy area

Supply and demand for affordable rental housing Home purchase affordability gap Public dollars spent on low-income housing Percent of income paid for housing Home ownership rate Existing units affordable to low-income households Homeleessness Trend in housing costs in relation to income Apartment vacancy rate Supply and demand of affordable rental housing Homelessness Percent of income paid for housing Home purchase affordability gap Home ownership rate Apartment vacancy rate Trend in housing costs in relation to income Public dollars spent on low-income housing Existing housing affordable to low income households