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Agency: Median-priced homes unaffordable for median-income earners in every Maine county

A worker with plans checks construction of a four-story, 45-unit condominium building, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Portland, Maine.
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A worker with plans checks construction of a four-story, 45-unit condominium building, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Portland, Maine.

For the first time in at least two decades, owning a home is not affordable for a household earning the median income in any of Maine's 16 counties.

That's according to new data from MaineHousing, which has been tracking and publishing data on home affordability since 2000.

"There used to be a time when we know that housing was unaffordable, say, in our southern counties and our coastal communities," says Dan Brennan, the agency's executive director. "That over the last several years has spread to the entire state. And so this year, unfortunately, no county in Maine is affordable to the extent that the median income will buy a median-priced house."

An Aroostook County household making the median income of about $43,000 a year can no longer afford the median price of a house there, which was $150,000 in 2022.

Statewide, the median home price was $334,000 last year, up 13% over the year before. That's considered unaffordable for 72% of Maine households, despite a modest jump in median income levels last year.

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