DJ Hartman, a recently minted computer science and interactive media alum at Northeastern, came up with the above map of rent burdens by neighborhood using the latest American Communities Survey and the 2010 Census. The map charts median gross rent as a percentage of household income. Redder areas mean households are spending at least 30 percent of their income on rent. Bluer areas mean they're spending around 20 percent or less. Generally, spending more than one-third of your income on rent means you're rent burdened and it's time to consider Westwood. No, seriously, it's a chronic problem here.
This map shows the homeownership rate in the city from 2009 through 2013. The redder the shade, the more households which own the roofs over their heads.
· See How Your Neighborhood Ranks in Terms of Rent Burden, Commute Time, Homeownership Rate [Boston.com]
· The Rents at Westwood's Giant New Apartment Complex [Curbed Boston]
· Our Fun With Cartography archive [Curbed Boston]