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 spend more than 30% of their income on housing costs and earn less than 80% of the county median family income while severely cost burdened households spend more than 50% of their income on housing costs and earn less than 80% of the county median family income.
In 2016, 45% of Thurston County households were either cost burdened or severely cost burdened, representing more than 46,000 households.
Sustainable Thurston Report Card
The Sustainable Thurston Report Card uses the number of cost burdened and severely cost burdened households to measure how well the Thurston region is doing at ensuring residents have the resources to meet their daily needs. The benchmark includes two targets for 2035: fewer than 10% of households will be cost burdened and fewer than 5% of households will be severely cost burdened.