Sustainable Thurston Report Card

Goal
Ensure that residents have the resources to meet their daily needs.

Targets
By 2035:

  • Fewer than 10% of households will be cost burdened
  • Fewer than 5% of households will be severely cost burdened

Outlook
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The percent of households that are cost burdened or severely cost burdened is more than double the targets set for 2035. Since 1990, the percent of total households that are cost burdened has increased 10% while the percent of total households that are severely cost burdened has increased 4%. This translates to an additional 27,000 households that were either cost burdened or severely cost burdened in 2016.

  1. Cost Burdened Households
  2. Severely Cost Burdened Households

Data Table

Why is this important?
When households are spending too much of their income on housing, they have less money available to spend on other basic needs, such as food, utilities, health care, and transportation. They also have less money available to spend at local businesses, which would support the region's economy.

Key Observations
Despite increasing average wages and decreasing unemployment, the number of cost burdened households exceeds the region's targets and continues to grow. There are two ways to make progress on this benchmark:

  • Further increase wages and decrease unemployment, especially for low-income residents in Thurston County. This can be accomplished by promoting a vibrant economy and job training.
  • Ensure an adequate supply of affordable housing for low-income residents: This will require cooperation and partnerships between jurisdictions, social service agencies, developers, and residents.