10 Least Affordable Housing Markets in US

You may need a golden ticket to live in many parts of the Golden State
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2017 6:17 PM CDT
10 Least Affordable Housing Markets in US
Marin County is out of reach for most home buyers.   (Getty Images/compassandcamera)

California dreamin' may be just that, especially when it comes to being able to afford to live there. 24/7 Wall St. examined data from real estate company ATTOM Data Solutions—including wage info, monthly homeownership expenses, and median fair-market rent—to figure out which US counties offer the least affordable housing markets compared to the average wages in that region, and the Golden State appears out of reach in many areas except for those bringing in the big bucks. Here, the 10 least affordable markets, plus the average percentage of one's wages spent on housing there:

  1. Marin County, Calif.; 98.6%
  2. Santa Cruz County, Calif.; 90.8%
  3. Maui County, Hawaii; 86.8%
  4. Napa County, Calif.; 80.0%
  5. Kings County, NY; 78.4%
  6. San Luis Obispo County, Calif.; 76.9%
  7. Honolulu County, Hawaii; 75.2%
  8. Monterey County, Calif.; 75.1%
  9. Sonoma County, Calif.; 73.2%
  10. Ventura County, Calif.; 71.8%
Check out the full list here. (Here are the 10 most expensive US cities to live in.)

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