Interactive Map Shows Income Needed for Detached Vancouver Home

Andrea Nazarian
September 20, 2017

Map shows vast majority of single-family homes unaffordable to anyone except very wealthy

An interactive map created by Vancouver-based data analytics company Mountain Math shows that even above-average incomes are not enough to afford a single-family home in Vancouver.

The map lets users input their yearly household income on a sliding scale, which allows the map to highlight in green the homes users are “rich enough” to afford in Vancouver. The map displays homes that are “out of character” for the inputted income bracket in pink.

The Mountain Math map assumes that users have saved up a 20% down payment and are willing to spend 33% of their pre-tax income on the home’s mortgage. It does not allow for calculations using larger down payments, which are typical when trading single-family homes. The mortgage used is for 25 years at 4% interest, which is higher than the average 2.94% fixed rate. (story continues below)



Mountain Math Map


The map shows that the majority of single-family homes in Vancouver are out of reach for all but the very wealthy. The minimum income required for the map to turn anything other than completely pink is $170k. At $250k, most homes on Vancouver’s East Side are green, but most West Side homes remain pink even at this high income level. According to the latest census data on Statistics Canada, the median household income in Vancouver was $79,930 for 2015. 

“Excluding me and so many other Vancouverites from the vast majority of residential land is something that I think needs to change,” said Jens von Bergmann, co-founder of Mountain Math and creator of the map, to Metro News.

Andrea Nazarian
Andrea is the Content and Social Media Specialist at Andrea has over five years of multi-industry experience in communications and content marketing. Originally from Toronto, Andrea moved to Vancouver in April 2016 and has been loving the West Coast life ever since.