Cost Burden

A household is cost burdened if they spend more than 30% of their income on housing. A household is severely cost burdened if they spend more than 50% of their income on housingIn the bar charts below, compare cost-burdened owners and renters (top 3 bars) to all households (bottom 3 bars) to see who is most likely to be cost burdened. For example, looking at the 2 far-right bars, there are almost the same number of severely cost-burdened renters as there are severely cost-burdened owners even though there are nearly 4 times as many owners overall. This shows that there is a higher proportion of severely cost-burdened renters, so renters are more likely to be severely cost burdened than owners.
Responses from the self-administered survey showed that more than half of the respondents sometimes or frequently run short on money to meet their households needs. When forced to choose between other necessities because of housing costs, individuals in James City County reported sacrificing food and health care.

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