The U.S. Healthcare Affordability Index
The affordability crisis takes hold of the U.S.'s top cities
This interactive map visualizes the rising cost of healthcare compared to wage growth in 35 U.S. metropolitan areas. We analyzed YOY trend reporting to calculate an index score representing local healthcare costs in relation to local wages. An index score of 50 marks the threshold between affordable and unaffordable.
In affordable cities (scores 50 and above), wage growth and healthcare costs balance out, or wage growth surpasses any increases in health care costs; unaffordable cities (scores below 50) experience rising costs that outstrip any income growth.