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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.

Key findings

  • 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)

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Last updated December 2010


Technical notes

Data provided by the American Community Survey available from the U.S. Census (external site).

Graphs and tables

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Percent of households paying more than 30% of income for housing costs