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    10 expensive cities where salaries are rising faster than housing costs

    10 expensive cities where salaries are rising faster than housing costs

    Published Fri, May 10 2019 11:06 AM EDT
    Shawn M. Carter@SHAWNCARTERM



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    Wages in the United States have been mostly stagnant over the past few decades, according to a study from the Pew Research Center. And since 1999, incomes for middle class families, specifically, have actually shrunk in all but two states, another study found.

    At the same time, housing costs keep increasing.



    Still, there are some cities where incomes are rising faster than housing costs. To determine exactly where, financial website Magnify Money used data from the U.S. Census Bureau to compare workers’ incomes in the nation’s 100 largest metros to the cost of housing in those same areas.

    Here are the top 10 U.S. cities where incomes are outpacing housing.


    10. Salt Lake City, Utah
    How much median incomes have risen (2014-2017): $6,309
    How much median housing costs have risen (2014-2017): $456


    9. Nashville, Tennessee
    How much median incomes have risen (2014-2017): $6,560
    How much median housing costs have risen (2014-2017): $576


    8. Bridgeport, Connecticut
    How much median incomes have risen (2014-2017): $6,610
    How much median housing costs have risen (2014-2017): $432


    7. Boston, Massachusetts
    How much median incomes have risen (2014-2017): $7,344
    How much median housing costs have risen (2014-2017): $1,008


    6. Denver, Colorado
    How much median incomes have risen (2014-2017): $7,678
    How much median housing costs have risen (2014-2017): $1,260


    5. Portland, Oregon
    How much median incomes have risen (2014-2017): $7,825
    How much median housing costs have risen (2014-2017): $1,092


    4. Austin, Texas
    How much median incomes have risen (2014-2017): $7,817
    How much median housing costs have risen (2014-2017): $1,080



    3. Seattle, Washington
    How much median incomes have risen (2014-2017): $8,300
    How much median housing costs have risen (2014-2017): $1,164


    2. San Jose, California
    How much median incomes have risen (2014-2017): $12,849
    How much median housing costs have risen (2014-2017): $2,940


    1. San Francisco, California
    How much median incomes have risen (2014-2017): $12,706
    How much median housing costs have risen (2014-2017): $2,064


    “When income rises faster than housing costs,” Magnify Money reports, it could put “thousands more dollars per year into people’s pockets” that can be used for common expenses like student loan repayments or credit card debt. And it seems like that’s what’s happening in some places.


    Compared to three years ago, the typical household in these cities has more money leftover after paying for housing. So, even though housing costs have increased, the report adds, wages have increased faster, exceeding price increases for both renting and owning.


    In fact, “famously-expensive metros” such as San Francisco and San Jose, California, “saw the biggest jumps in the gap between income and housing costs.”


    Still, housing costs remain exorbitant in a number of these cities. In San Francisco, for example, the No. 1 ranked city on the list, the median home would cost you more than $1.3 million and the median rent is $4,500. That’s compared to the national medians of about $227,000 and $1,700, respectively.


    And according to the research, while the median rent in each metro falls below the expert-advised 30% of median gross income, “homeownership costs exceed the 30% rule in most places,” which suggests that owning a home is still not within reach for most households in those metros.


    If you’re looking to buy a home, be sure you’re ready to transition from renting and consider some of the markets where homes are most affordable for millennials. And if you’re going to stick with renting, check out these budgeting hacks, credit tips and other ways to save.

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