The ability of Duluth area residents to afford housing is a growing concern. One in seven Duluth metro area households, roughly 13% of all households, pay more than half of their income for housing. At this level of housing cost burden, families often must make difficult choices between paying for housing and other necessities such as transportation, food, and prescription medicines.
For renters, the burden of paying for housing weighs especially heavily. Almost 8,000 renter households now pay more than half of their income for housing. The burden falls especially heavily on lower-income Duluth area residents. Two in three renters in households earning less than $50,000 per year pay more than they can comfortably afford for rent, according to HUD guidelines, compared to 1 in 17 renter households with higher incomes.
Median Household Income (all), 2013: $46,385
Median Renter Household Income, 2013: $22,542
Technical information on these charts can be found here.