Housing >> Affordability >> Distribution by Ownership and Cost Burden

More than 1 in 3 King County households pay over 30% of their income on housing. 

Households that pay a high percentage of their income for housing have little left for other necessities. The quest for affordable housing (costing less than 30% of income) can mean moving far from family, friends, work, school, and childcare arrangements. People who live in unaffordable housing may scrimp on food and forego necessary healthcare and medications. 

  • Renters make up 43.5% of King County households; more than 4 in 10 renters spend over 30% of their income on housing.
  • Owners with mortgages make up 42% of King County households; 3 in 10 owners with mortgages spend over 30% of income on housing.
  • 15% of King County households own their dwelling free-and-clear; 1 in 6 free-and-clear owners spend over 30% of income on housing.