Dane County has a growing regional economy and housing market. Household income and housing construction have grown faster in Dane County than in the state of Wisconsin or the United States for the past 30 years. But housing prices and rents have also grown faster than either the state or the nation. Housing in Dane County is more relatively expensive than the rest of the nation, which makes providing housing opportunities for all households a continuing challenge.
In Dane County overall, there are 28,469 cost-burdened renter households and 36,057 cost-burdened owner households -- a total of 64,526 cost-burdened households or 32.8 percent of all households in the county. (Cost-burdened households spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing).