Monday, December 17, 2018

Severe Renter Cost Burden Data Updated to 2017 For 1,300+ Geographies Down to Oregon Census Tract Level.

I previously constructed an Excel workbook that showed detailed income level renter cost burden data for more than 1,300 geographies, all the way down to Oregon census tract levels. (US, States, and multiple Oregon geographies were included). 

New 5 year ACS data covering 2013-2017 was released in early December and I have updated the prior Excel workbook with a new version HERE that includes data for 2015, 2016, and now 2017. 

The 2017 Oregon statewide graph below illustrates the central message the data shows:

  • The greatest incidence of severe cost burdens occurs at the lowest income levels and virtually disappears at higher income levels.
  • If the goal is to reduce severe rent burdens, rental housing assistance (including additions to the housing supply) should include a focus on the lowest income renter households. 

Originally created and posted on the Oregon Housing Blog.

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