Analysis: Home affordability in Lackawanna County tanks


Lackawanna County had the lowest home affordability index in Pennsylvania in the third quarter, according to an analysis of 440 counties by ATTOM Data Solutions.

The county scored a 60 in home affordability in the analysis, which concluded that home affordability around the country has been decreasing. The counties studied had populations of at least 100,000 and had 100 or more third-quarter home sales.

A median-value home in Lackawanna County costs $127,000.

The report determines the affordability number based on the household income needed to purchase a median-priced home in the county compared to historical data. An index under 100 indicates affordability is decreasing.

The county’s affordability index declined 12 percent over the same period in 2017.

“The continued slowdown in the rate of home price appreciation nationwide and in many local markets is a rational response to worsening home affordability — which has deteriorated at an accelerated pace this year due to rising mortgage rates,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions.

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Pennsylvania counties with lowest home affordability indexes

CountyQ3 2018 Median Sales PriceQ3 2017 Affordability IndexQ3 2018 Affordability IndexYoY % Change In Affordability Index
Lackawanna$127,000 6860-12%
Philadelphia$167,000 9481-14%
Erie$133,500 10387-16%
Beaver$124,050 9389-4%
Butler$225,000 10993-15%
Washington$172,950 10593-11%
Chester$350,000 10595-10%
Bucks$325,000 10996-12%
Westmoreland$125,000 10297-5%
Lehigh$195,000 11598-15%
Lancaster$194,900 10698-8%
Dauphin$157,000 10398-5%
Berks$165,000 10999-9%
Cumberland$195,000 110101-8%
Montgomery$285,000 108103-5%
Northampton$192,750 114104-9%
Lebanon$167,750 115105-9%
Monroe$144,500 119105-12%
Source: ATTOM Data Solutions

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