Housing does not eat up as much of a Wiltonian\u2019s income as nearby towns, according to the Economic Development Commission (EDC). In its study of the town economy, presented in part at the June 20 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, the commission looked at the average housing prices for nearby towns together with the median incomes those populations earn. It found that Wilton doesn\u2019t put as much income toward housing at the time of purchase when compared to towns like Darien, Fairfield, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, and Westport. Using 2014 census data, the EDC determined that median incomes for area towns are as follows: Weston \u2014 $208,078; Darien \u2014 $199,444; New Canaan \u2014 $179,810; Wilton \u2014 $175,019; Westport \u2014 $151,771; Ridgefield \u2014 $147,936; Redding \u2014 $121,667; Norwalk \u2014 $76,051. Wilton\u2019s about in the middle of that pack, but as for what multiple of a Wiltonian\u2019s income buys a house, however, the town is on the low end. In 2015, Wiltonians put about five times their annual income towards housing, according to the EDC. Rough numbers for the whole set follow here. Keep in mind that these consider the up-front cost of a single-family home to include the first year\u2019s worth of property taxes. New Canaan \u2014 10.2x Westport \u2014 10.1x Ridgefield \u2014 8.8x Darien \u2014 8.6x Norwalk \u2014 7.5x Fairfield \u2014 6.8x Wilton \u2014 4.8x Weston \u2014 4.8x Redding \u2014 4.7x By this data, Wilton is about tied with Weston and Redding for the least house poor. On the other hand, New Canaan at the top of the list puts 10 years of income towards housing at the time of purchase. \u201cOn average, in other towns you spend more on housing than you would in Wilton,\u201d EDC Vice Chair Vivian Lee-Shuie told The Bulletin. \u201cThe value of the house that you get relative to your income is better in Wilton than it is in New Canaan or Westport.\u201d That\u2019s a good thing. It means that buying in Wilton gives you more bang for your buck, in terms of housing alone, that is. \u201cWeston too,\u201d Lee-Shuie said. \u201cIn Weston, you have great value.\u201d A high multiple could mean that housing prices are high, but it could also mean, as is the case with Norwalk, that the median income is low. \u201cNorwalk is high because the median income is low, and in Norwalk, there\u2019s still a fair amount of high-priced homes,\u201d Lee-Shuie said. She added that this data shows \u201chow much of the average income is tied up in housing costs,\u201d and can help buyers determine what sort of value to expect from varying towns in the area in terms of housing. \u201cThe reality is, from a real estate standpoint, Wilton is not faring worse than other towns; it\u2019s kind of doing what the other towns are doing,\u201d Lee-Shuie said. Information The Economic Development Commission\u2019s data for housing price versus income includes values from 2010 and 2015. Lee-Shuie said large discrepancies between the two values for a given town \u2014 as was the case with Ridgefield \u2014 can be explained by \u201cone or two major house purchases,\u201d and are not indicative of any overarching economic driver.