The workers homeownership left behind

Online database compares wages to housing costs

Despite low interest rates and home price drops across the country, many key community and "green economy" workers still cannot afford to purchase a home, according to a recent study by the Center for Housing Policy, the research affiliate of the non-profit and non-partisan National Housing Conference.

"Paycheck to Paycheck: Wages and the Cost of Housing in America" looked at the wages for more than 60 occupations in more than 200 metropolitan areas and compared them with local home prices and rents.