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Rents across the U.S. have climbed to staggering levels in recent years. Millions of renters spend more than 30% of their income on rent and utilities, a situation that housing experts call being cost burdened.

High rents affect almost all segments of the population but are an especially heavy burden for immigrants, particularly those who have not yet become U.S. citizens.

Madhuri Sharma, associate professor of geography, and Mikhail Samarin, a lecturer who focuses on urban and economic geography, share their research on housing market issues, including racial and ethnic diversity and housing affordability. Read more about their findings at The Conversation.

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