June 12, 2024

Coming quickly:
A Boston Globe Highlight Report
into the Massachusetts housing disaster

Single-family dwelling worth index

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  • US
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • California
  • Hawaii



From 1980, 6x larger

From 1980, 11x larger

Residence costs have risen nationwide, significantly because the pandemic. By one measure, the price of a house is now six instances larger than it was in 1980.

However in Massachusetts, costs have skyrocketed. The price of a single-family house is 11 instances larger than in 1980.

Massachusetts even beats out different costly states like New York, Washington, California, and Hawaii in the case of rising prices.

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Family revenue vs. dwelling costs

  • Mass. median family Earnings
  • Mass. single-family properties median sale worth
  • Mass. condos median sale worth


2023: $600,000

2023: $525,000

2022: $93,550

P.c change from 1987 to 2022:

P.c change from 1987 to 2023:

Now examine that to revenue, which has risen extra slowly. In Massachusetts, median family incomes rose from $32,240 in 1987 to $93,550 in 2022.

The end result is a big affordability hole for each single-family properties and condos.

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Shopping for a house is more and more out of attain, particularly in Higher Boston

Boston metro median revenue:

Earnings wanted:

A typical family within the Boston metro space now makes about one-third the revenue wanted to afford the standard single-family dwelling in Higher Boston.

The median single-family dwelling worth hit a report excessive of $910,000 this yr in Higher Boston, an space roughly inside Interstate 495. To afford that, a family would wish an annual revenue of about $300,000.

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Black and Latino homeowners are price burdened at larger charges

Low-income households and households of colour in Higher Boston have felt this affordability disaster essentially the most.

Black and Latino households are half as prone to personal a house as white households, and those who do are price burdened at disproportionate charges.

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House owner emptiness charges by metro space

Why is that this taking place? A scarcity of provide. The Boston metro space has one of many nation’s lowest emptiness charges — a sign provide is extraordinarily tight.

Higher Boston is not producing the housing items wanted to satisfy demand. The area issued fewer housing permits per capita than many main metros.

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Permits issued per 1,000 individuals by metro space

Permits issued per 1000 peoplePermits issued per 1000 people

Boston metro
permits per 1,000:

Austin, TX metro
permits per 1,000:

Since 2012, the Boston metro space approved about 30 new residential constructing permits per 1,000 individuals.

Evaluate that to Austin, Texas, which issued practically 5 instances as many.

Printed October 13, 2023

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Daring options are at play to deal with this disaster. However is everybody on board?

Coming quickly: The Boston Globe Highlight Crew probes our housing disaster.

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