Special Report

America's 25 Least Affordable Housing Markets

Views from Eagle Peak, Mt. Diablo State Park of the Diablo Range, in Contra Costa County, California
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25. Contra Costa, California
> Ownership as % of monthly wage: 58.6% of $5,495
> Rent as % of monthly wage: 62.4% of $5,495
> Home prices or wages rising faster?: HOME PRICES
> Rents or wages rising faster?: RENTS

Wrecks, Reeves Beach, Riverhead, Long Island, Nassau County, New York
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24. Nassau, New York
> Ownership as % of monthly wage: 62.3% of $3,909
> Rent as % of monthly wage: 51.9% of $3,909
> Home prices or wages rising faster?: WAGES
> Rents or wages rising faster?: RENTS

Verrazano–Narrows Bridge, Staten Island, Richmond County, New York
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23. Richmond, New York
> Ownership as % of monthly wage: 62.9% of $3,241
> Rent as % of monthly wage: 59.7% of $3,241
> Home prices or wages rising faster?: WAGES
> Rents or wages rising faster?: WAGES

Lake Merritt, Oakland, Alameda County, California
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22. Alameda, California
> Ownership as % of monthly wage: 69.6% of $3,566
> Rent as % of monthly wage: 57.7% of $3,566
> Home prices or wages rising faster?: HOME PRICES
> Rents or wages rising faster?: RENTS

Court House Main Street Pacific Ocean Santa Barbara County, California
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21. Santa Barbara, California
> Ownership as % of monthly wage: 71.2% of $3,592
> Rent as % of monthly wage: 58.9% of $3,592
> Home prices or wages rising faster?: HOME PRICES
> Rents or wages rising faster?: RENTS