The housing recovery may be leaving some behind.

Single, full-time housekeepers and wait staff could afford a two-bedroom apartment in none of the 207 U.S. metros the Center for Housing Policy looked at in its August housing affordability study for travel and tourism workers.

The study, which considered rent “affordable” if the sum of the fair market rent and cost of utilities was less than 30 percent of a single wage earner’s income in a metro, also looked at homeownership affordability. Housekeepers and wait staff were similarly outpriced in 199 and 197 of the metros looked at, respectively.

“Looking at the full array of 207 metro areas, the low- and moderate-income travel industry workers studied were
unable to rent or buy a home along nearly the whole California coast, from the Santa Rosa and Napa areas down
to metropolitan San Diego,” the study noted.


Source: Center for Housing Policy

Show Comments Hide Comments


Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive marketing emails from Inman.
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
Only 3 days left to register for Inman Connect Las Vegas before prices go up! Don't miss the premier event for real estate pros.Register Now ×
Limited Time Offer: Get 1 year of Inman Select for $199SUBSCRIBE×
Log in
If you created your account with Google or Facebook
Don't have an account?
Forgot your password?
No Problem

Simply enter the email address you used to create your account and click "Reset Password". You will receive additional instructions via email.

Forgot your username? If so please contact customer support at (510) 658-9252

Password Reset Confirmation

Password Reset Instructions have been sent to

Subscribe to The Weekender
Get the week's leading headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Top headlines from around the real estate industry. Breaking news as it happens.
15 stories covering tech, special reports, video and opinion.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
It looks like you’re already a Select Member!
To subscribe to exclusive newsletters, visit your email preferences in the account settings.
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription