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Coming quickly: Past the Gilded Gate, a Boston Globe Highlight Report into Massachusetts’ housing disaster

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

Single-family house worth index

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  • US
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • California
  • Hawaii



From 1980, 6x increased

From 1980, 11x increased

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

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

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

Family earnings vs. house costs

  • Mass. median family Revenue
  • Mass. single-family houses 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 earnings, which has risen extra slowly. In Massachusetts, median family incomes rose from $32,240 in 1987 to $93,550 in 2022.

The consequence is a large affordability hole for each single-family houses and condos.

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

Boston metro median earnings:

Revenue wanted:

A typical family within the Boston metro space now makes about one-third the earnings wanted to afford the everyday single-family house in Better Boston.

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

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Black and Latino homeowners are value burdened at increased charges

Low-income households and households of colour in Better 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 people who do are value burdened at disproportionate charges.

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Home-owner emptiness charges by metro space

Why is that this occurring? An absence of provide. The Boston metro space has one of many nation’s lowest emptiness charges — a sign provide is extraordinarily tight.

Better Boston is not producing the housing items wanted to fulfill 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 licensed 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 handle this disaster. However is everybody on board?

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

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