Percent of income paid for housing
Outcome: Provide sufficient affordable housing for all King County residents
About this indicator
This indicator compares both renter and owner households that are paying more than 30% of their income for housing. Housing that requires more than 30% of income is considered to be "unaffordable." According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 30% of gross income is the maximum that all but wealthy households can pay in housing costs without creating an excessive housing cost burden.
- Percent of home owners paying more than 30% of their income for housing costs: 36% (2009)
- Percent of renters paying more than 30% of their income for housing costs: 45% (2009)
Graphs and tables
Last updated December 2010
Data provided by the American Community Survey available from the U.S. Census (external site).