A large and growing share of US households cannot find housing they can afford. A major focus of our research is to document the housing cost burdens that both renters and homeowners face, and to analyze the complex interrelationships among household incomes, housing prices, and the market dynamics driving affordability trends. We incorporate our findings into our signature reports and make our national, state, and metro-level cost burden data available through a variety of interactive tools.

Reports & Papers

Estimating the Gap in Affordable and Available Rental Units for Families

April 02, 2019

Authors: Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, Jennifer Molinsky

Measuring Housing Affordability: Assessing the 30 Percent of Income Standard

September 25, 2018

Authors: Christopher Herbert, Alexander Hermann, Daniel McCue


May 16, 2018

Author: Ingrid Gould Ellen

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Data & Charts


Whitney Airgood-Obrycki

Senior Research Analyst

American Families Can’t Afford the Rent

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Housing is a central component of family life and can provide a foundation for family well-being. While we typically think...

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David Luberoff

Deputy Director

New Interactive Tool Shows Two Decades of Social & Economic Change in Greater Boston

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A new interactive mapping tool showing the dramatic demographic, social, and economic changes that have occurred in Greater Boston since...

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