There are few things we appreciate more than cool interactive features and complaining about rent. We’re pretty riled up right about now thanks to a map that confirms all your suspicions that the rent is in fact too damn high. It’s all thanks to a map that Curbed released, via StreetEasy, today that reminds us all Brooklyn is the least affordable borough in the city and that rent is outpacing income like it’s The Flash and our paychecks are regular humans.
While the average rent-to-income ratio in the city is 58 percent–ridiculously high compared to the 30 percent people should probably be aiming for–North Brooklyn has some of the most staggering numbers. The rent to income ratio in Williamsburg is 86.5 percent and it’s 89.1 percent in Red Hook. It’s kind of baffling how this is actually possible, but we’re guessing it has a lot to do with the city’s growing income inequality.
There’s still hope in southern Brooklyn though; people in Gravesend actually have a lower rent to income ratio than the usual 30 percent, at 19.7 percent. With the exception of Bath Beach, most neighborhoods down there have ratios below 40%, but considering how steadily the effects of gentrification are creeping southward, we’re curious how many of these spots will be as affordable a year from now.
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