For the first time ever, the National Association of Homebuilders has taken its Housing Opportunity Index—the percentage of all homes sold that are affordable to people making the median income—and broken it down by race. Of course, whites are a lot more able to afford homes. Here’s the national average:
And here are the numbers for the Washington-Maryland-Virginia-West Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area:
Still about a 30-point difference between the share of homes affordable to whites and blacks at their respective median incomes. The worst metropolitan area is probably New York-New Jersey, which has that same inequality, but dramatically lower overall affordability, with 22 percent of homes affordable at the area median income.
Although obviously these numbers would be different for D.C. proper—probably worse, since housing is more expensive and income inequality is greater.