Women More Housing Cost-Burdened Than Men

July 24, 2017

A study from SmartAsset discovered that wage gaps between men and women translate directly into a difference in ability to afford housing.

Out of the 100 cities analyzed, there are only seven cities where the average woman’s earnings would make her unburdened by the costs of the average one-bedroom apartment in her city. For men, 63 of the 100 cities fulfill that criteria.

The study also found that in cities with high costs of living even small differences in wages can make housing unattainable for women. Six of the top 10 cities with the largest gender housing gaps were in expensive areas of California. Two of the smallest gaps were in Colorado, but even in those cities women pay on average three to four percent more of their income on housing than their male counterparts.

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