Exploring the Relationship Between Income and Housing Availability in The United States

A decade ago, the housing shortage remained primarily an issue for democratic coastal states, but today the issue has rapidly spread across the nation. According to The New York Times, housing shortages threaten “the quality of life of Americans, the health of the nation’s economy, and the politics of housing construction.” The next generation of home-buyers may not be able to secure housing or even afford it. This raises the question: Why is the housing shortage now a national crisis?