Special Report

Cities on the Verge of a COVID-Driven Housing Crisis

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20. New Haven-Milford, CT
> Chg. in median home sale price, Q1 2010 to Q1 2020: +3.2% ($189,000 to $195,000)
> Chg. in unemployment, Mar. 2019 to Mar. 2020: 3.6% to 3.6%
> Ratio of median home value to household income: 3.7x
> Pct. employment in industries at high risk from COVID-19: 13.9%
> COVID-19 cases as of May 12, 2020: 1,097.4 per 100,000

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19. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
> Chg. in median home sale price, Q1 2010 to Q1 2020: +36.8% ($161,500 to $221,000)
> Chg. in unemployment, Mar. 2019 to Mar. 2020: 4.1% to 4.8%
> Ratio of median home value to household income: 3.5x
> Pct. employment in industries at high risk from COVID-19: 15.7%
> COVID-19 cases as of May 12, 2020: 489.7 per 100,000

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18. Providence-Warwick, RI-MA
> Chg. in median home sale price, Q1 2010 to Q1 2020: +35.8% ($199,900 to $271,500)
> Chg. in unemployment, Mar. 2019 to Mar. 2020: 3.6% to 4.8%
> Ratio of median home value to household income: 4.4x
> Pct. employment in industries at high risk from COVID-19: 14.2%
> COVID-19 cases as of May 12, 2020: 962.0 per 100,000

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17. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
> Chg. in median home sale price, Q1 2010 to Q1 2020: +115.8% ($380,000 to $820,000)
> Chg. in unemployment, Mar. 2019 to Mar. 2020: 2.8% to 3.3%
> Ratio of median home value to household income: 8.4x
> Pct. employment in industries at high risk from COVID-19: 16.7%
> COVID-19 cases as of May 12, 2020: 149.1 per 100,000

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16. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
> Chg. in median home sale price, Q1 2010 to Q1 2020: +110.9% ($192,000 to $405,000)
> Chg. in unemployment, Mar. 2019 to Mar. 2020: 2.8% to 4.3%
> Ratio of median home value to household income: 5.3x
> Pct. employment in industries at high risk from COVID-19: 18.2%
> COVID-19 cases as of May 12, 2020: 436.4 per 100,000