Housing Characteristics is an interactive tool that provides the reader with Census data on the financial and structural characteristics of residential housing in Maine, counties and towns. The data includes but is not limited to:
- The number of owned, rented, and vacant housing units statewide, or by county or town
- Units by type
- Bedroom counts and age of the housing stock
This data, used in conjunction with the Housing and Affordability Index, can provide the reader with some basic understanding of housing in the selected community, its affordability, and need.
MaineHousing’s affordability indexes provide a statewide, county, and local breakdown of home buying and rental affordability. The affordability calculation is based on the ratio of area median home prices and median two-bedroom rent costs to area median household and rental household incomes. A ratio of 1 or above indicates affordability.