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Travis, Williamson counties are officially unaffordable for homeowners, study says

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Travis and Williamson counties have both become unaffordable for homeowners in the past three years, according to a new MoneyGeek study.


The study, which analyzed formerly affordable U.S. metros with at least 250,000 residents, found that 26 counties have become too expensive for most homeowners in recent years—and both Central Texas counties ranked in the top 5.



Here's why:

  • In Travis County, home price appreciation has risen by 50.1% since 2019.
  • The study states average home prices in Travis County are $456,690, meaning home costs would be 78% of the average income ($43,376).
  • Williamson County home price appreciation has risen 58% since 2019.
  • At $378,412, the average home price in Williamson County would be 69% of the $41,446 average income.
Top-dollar places like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles didn't make the list because they were already unaffordable in 2019. The Dallas metro's Collin County was the only other Texas county to make the list, while most other newly unaffordable counties were found in the West.

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