Special Report

43 Cities Where Most People Can’t Afford Their Homes


To determine the cities where the largest share of households cannot afford their homes, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on housing cost burdens from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University’s “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2021” report. The 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. were ranked based on the percentage of households paying 30% or more of their monthly income on housing costs. Supplemental data on poverty rate and median household income came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey.