Why Houston residents are in a good position to buy

by Peter Thomas Ricci


Many factors play a role in a growing housing market, but a strong, versatile economy is likely the most important factor – and new research from Pew has reinforced the role that the strong the Houston economy has played in the area’s housing market, which has been among the strongest in the post-boom marketplace.

According to Pew, Houston has the seventh-highest weekly wage in the county, with the area’s average wage coming out to $1,170; at $1,706, tech-heavy San Jose came in at No. 1.

True Spending Power

Pew’s research is a step above other economic indicators in that it considers “regional price parities,” or RPPs. Developed by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, RPPs measure local price levels in metro areas and show how an area’s cost of living contrasts with other parts of the country; by incorporating RPPs into its research, Pew’s analysis is a much fuller look at the true spending power of an area’s consumers, and is very much in line with the homebuying activity Houston has seen the last few years.

Here is Pew’s full top 10 list:

Metro Area Weekly Wages
San Jose $1,706
Lexington Park, MD $1,277
San Francisco $1,244
Seattle $1,227
Midland, TX $1,190
Durham, NC $1,179
Houston $1,170
Bridgeport, CT $1,164
Boston $1,161
Huntsville, AL $1,127

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