The National Housing Conference (NHC) has released its 2017 edition of Paycheck to Paycheck, a database allowing users to discover the rental and homeownership affordability challenges of workers in 83 occupations in 203 metro areas nationwide. The accompanying report highlights five fast-growing healthcare occupations: dental assistant, emergency medical technician, home health aide, licensed practical nurse and physical therapy aide. According to the report, the highest paid among the five occupations – licensed practical nurses – can only afford to own a home in 70 of the 203 metro areas and to rent a two-bedroom home in 163 of them.
Key findings from the report include:
- For workers in the five selected occupations, not a single one is guaranteed to be able to afford to rent or purchase a home in every metro area.
- Home health aides are able to rent a modest two-bedroom home in just one of the metro areas.
- The highest paid among the five occupations profiled in the report, licensed practical nurses, can only afford to own a home in 70 metro areas and to rent a two-bedroom home in 163 areas.