Submitted by Taps Coogan on the 9th of April 2018 to The Sounding Line.
Despite being at the tail end of the longest period of low interest rates in modern American history, localized real-estate bubbles have pushed mortgage costs in large coastal cities sky-high. As the following map from HowMuch.net reveals, based on median mortgage payments and median incomes, a resident in New York City must work a record 113 hours a month to afford their mortgage. Los Angeles, Miami, and San Francisco are not far behind at 112, 109, and 107 hours respectively. Considering that there are roughly 174 work hours in a typical month, median residents of these large coastal cities are spending nearly two-thirds of their income and work-time just to keep pace with their mortgage payments. With so little left over for all the other expenses of living in expensive cities, it is no surprise that residents of some of these very same cities are increasingly falling into a debt trap. Imagine what will happen if interest rates continue to rise.
As the table below shows, seven out of the ten most expensive cities are located in California. At the other end of the septum, the most affordable cities, such as Toledo or Memphis, can be found in America’s heartland, where a lack of real-estate speculation has left housing far more affordable.
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|Top 10 Cities Where you Have to Work the Most Hours to Afford a Home||Hours|
|1. New York, NY||113|
|2. Los Angeles, CA||112|
|3. Miami, FL||109|
|4. San Francisco, CA||107|
|5. Boston, MA||95|
|6. Oakland, CA||83|
|7. Long Beach, CA||78|
|8. San Diego, CA||77|
|9. Santa Ana, CA||74|
|10. San Jose, CA||74|