Curbed: The Best and Worst Cities for Teachers and First Responders

As home prices rise across the U.S., a new study is determining which cities offer the most affordable options.

Housing prices in the U.S. are climbing at rapid rates. That means that consumers across the country are forced to spend more of their annual income on homes than ever before. According to a new study from Tulia cited by Curbed, the typical American worker making $37,040 a year has to spend 42-percent of their earnings on mortgage payments for a standard $250,000 house, which is a six percent increase from two years ago.

That’s why Trulia looked at the largest 100 metropolitan markets in the country to determine how teachers, first responders, restaurant workers and doctors, are affording homes. The study found that Dayton, Ohio is one of the most affordable cities for people in any position. However, the affordability of other cities varies by occupation.

Teachers are struggling to afford housing in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin, Denver and Honolulu. The more affordable options for them are Dayton, Akron and Detroit. First responders, on the other hand, are finding homes in cities like Raleigh, Madison and Nashville. And while doctors are faring well across the board, restaurant workers are limited to about 10 percent of homes for sale in 56 out of 93 major U.S. metro areas with their salaries of less than $20,000 a year.

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