Sustainability Measure: Housing

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Median Housing Costs as Percentage of Median Income
Definition: This indicator shows the median housing cost in the community, expressed as a percent of the community's median income.

Significance: A higher number means that households are bearing a greater burden from housing costs. A lower number suggests that housing in the community is relatively more affordable.

Resource Links:


Schwartz, M., and E. Wilson. "Who Can Afford To Live in a Home?: A Look at Data from the 2006 American Community Survey." US Census Bureau,
www.census.gov/hhes/
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**Data Source: ACS/Summarized Data/2009-2013/5-Year Summary File
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Median Housing Costs as percentage of Median Income (Number of Tracts)
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Data Source: ACS/Summarized Data/2009-2013/5-Year Summary File


Percentage of Households with Housing Costs Greater than 30% of their Income
Definition: This indicator shows the percent of households that have housing costs greater than 30 percent of their income. It was calculated by dividing total households with housing costs greater than 30% of income by total households in the community.

Significance: Housing is generally considered affordable if it accounts for roughly 30 percent* or less of a household's monthly budget. Households that spend more money on housing may have less money to spend on other needs such as health care and education.

*Who Can Afford To Live in a Home?:A look at data from the 2006 American Community Survey by Mary Schwartz and Ellen Wilson, US Census Bureau

Resource Links:


Center for Neighborhood Technology. "A Heavy Load: The Combined Housing and Transportation Burdens of Working Families." 2006.
www.cnt.org/repository/heavy_load_10_06.pdf
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**Data Source: ACS/Summarized Data/2009-2013/5-Year Summary File
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Percentage of households with housing costs greater than 30% of Income (Number of Tracts)
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Data Source: ACS/Summarized Data/2009-2013/5-Year Summary File


The average mortgage for a home purchased in 2008 was 141,241 in Autauga County, Alabama

**Data Source: HMDA/Loan Application Register Data/2008 ($)
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Mortgage for a home purchased in 2008 ($)
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Data Sponsored By:Joint Center for Political and Economic Research

**Data Source: HMDA//Loan Application Register Data/2008


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