When households spend 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. Cost burdened households earn less than 80% of the county median family income while spending more than 30% and up to 50% of their income on housing costs. Severely cost burdened households also earn less than 80% of the county median family income while spending more than 50% of their income on housing costs.
For the 2012-2016 5-year average, 37% of Thurston County households were either cost burdened or severely cost burdened, representing more than 38,000 households.
Sustainable Thurston Report Card
The Sustainable Thurston Report Card tracks how well the Thurston region is doing at meeting basic needs. The goal includes two targets for 2035:
Fewer than 10% of households will be cost burdened
Fewer than 5% of households will be severely cost burdened