Limited English proficiency is a barrier to homeownership

Source: Edward Golding, Sarah Strochak & Laurie Goodman, Urban Institute

Looking at data at the zip code level from the Urban Institute and Sloan Foundation’s Administrative Data Research Facility, we found a considerable gap in homeownership rates between neighborhoods with low levels of limited English proficient (LEP) residents and those with higher levels of LEP residents.

Neighborhoods with the lowest concentration of LEP residents had a median homeownership rate of 74 percent in 2016, but neighborhoods with the highest LEP concentration had only a 64 percent median rate—a 10 percentage-point difference.

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