Healthy -- and not-so-healthy -- homes
Those are two nuggets from a new report by the Columbia-based National Center for Healthy Housing, which used federal American Housing Survey data on 45 metro areas to show "a critical need to improve housing conditions in many U.S. cities." The nonprofit group says substandard residences can cause illness, injury or death.
The State of Healthy Housing study ranks the Baltimore metro area 29th -- meaning that 28 other areas have healthier housing. Compared with the national average, the Baltimore area had more homes with leaks, with cracks or holes in walls, and with broken plaster or peeling paint.
You're more likely to find a local home with at least one problem: 44 percent here vs. 36 percent nationally.
On the upside, less than 1 percent of Baltimore-area homes had no kitchens. (Who are these poor kitchen-less people?)
The study breaks down information by city and suburb as well as renter and owner. Here's the stat that popped out at me: 32 percent of homes in Baltimore City had mouse problems. That's higher than any of the other central cities in the study. No. 2: Philadelphia, with 26 percent.
How's the condition of your place?