Living in Brookline
Brookline is almost equally split between renter-occupied (51%) and owner-occupied (49%) housing. Both housing types are in high-demand, with just 3.8% of rental units and 1.3% of owner-occupied units vacant in 2010. Residential property values have been relatively resilient through the recession, and rental rates increased well above the rate of inflation.
More people in the same space: The average household size grew from 2.18 to 2.27 individuals over the decade, counter to a trend of shrinking households in the region, state, and nation. This shift can be explained by and increase in the number of families in Brookline, a growing average family household size, and fewer singles opting to live alone.
Larger share of income: Brookline residents are paying more of their income on housing than they did a decade ago; 49% of renters pay 30% or more of their income on rent, and 34.5% of homeowners spend 30% or more of their income on a mortgage.
- Affordable housing scarce: Brookline public housing has multi-year waiting lists, and residents with federal and state housing vouchers struggle to find property owners willing to accept these vouchers.