Distribution of severely housing cost burdened working households* (those spending more than 50% of income on housing costs) by percent of Area Median Income (AMI).
Income 2008 2010
0-30% 78.3% 80.9%
31-50% 35.8% 40.6%
51-80% 14.1% 15.0%
80-120% 5.5% 5.5%
* The Center for Housing Policy defines working households as those that report household members working at least 20 hours per week on average, with incomes no higher than 120% of the median income in their area.
Source: Williams, L (2012) An Annual Look at the Housing Affordability Challenges of American’s Working Households. Retrieved from http://www.nhc.org/media/files/Landscape2012.pdf