Utah Foundation: Homes are moving increasingly out of reach for blue-collar households

May 11, 2022 (Utah Policy)

Today, the Utah Foundation released a new Significant Statistic post on housing costs in Utah. Having recently completed our “middle housing” project, the Utah Foundation continues to track Utah’s housing issues. A recent find is the Carpenter Index.

AEI’s Housing Center created its Carpenter Index as a way of tracking housing affordability in the country’s 100 largest metro areas. The Index looks at the income for the average carpenter-headed household as a proxy for blue-collar Americans’ incomes. The gist of the question: Can carpenters afford the homes they build? Salt Lake, Ogden and Provo are all among the 10 least affordable metros on the Carpenter Index for 2021. (Read More)

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