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Below are the rates of tax-free housing allowance (Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH) that are provided to enlisted military personnel (with dependents) who are authorized to reside off base at government expense.

In calendar year 2004, service members living "on the economy" have been paying an average of 3.5 percent of the housing costs out-of-pocket. That percentage will drop to zero in calendar year 2005. Housing allowance rates are based upon rank, location, and whether or not a member has dependents.

The Department of Defense (DOD) employs Runzheimer International to collect the nation-wide housing cost data that they use to compute BAH. Additionally, DOD obtains current data from multiple sources, employing a "checks and balances" approach to ensure reliability and accuracy. Current residential vacancies, identified in local newspapers and real estate rental listings, are an important source of data. Vacancies are selected at random, and subjected to a screening process. Telephone interviews establish the availability and exact location of each unit sampled. DOD has designed the sample to obtain a statistical confidence level of 95% or higher. DOD also contacts apartment and real estate management companies to identify units for rental pricing. It is not uncommon for DOD to consult real estate professionals in a locality to obtain confirmation and additional sources of data. Where available, DOD contacts fort/post/base housing referral offices, to tap local military expertise and gain insights into the local concerns of military. Finally, DoD and the Services conduct on-site evaluations at various locations to confirm and ensure reliability and accuracy of the cost data.

New York
Location E-1 E-2 E-3 E-4 E-5 E-6 E-7 E-8 E-9
BALLSTON SPA/ALBANY, NY 994 994 994 994 1039 1173 1241 1317 1402
BUFFALO, NY 844 844 844 844 917 1079 1122 1182 1262
WEST POINT, NY 1469 1469 1469 1469 1755 1826 1951 2089 2274
LONG ISLAND, NY 1852 1852 1852 1852 2000 2193 2201 2294 2390
NEW YORK CITY, NY 1873 1873 1873 1873 1939 2119 2134 2185 2335
ROCHESTER, NY 932 932 932 932 1018 1106 1133 1165 1244
ROME/GRIFFISS AFB, NY 704 704 704 704 809 917 977 1043 1113
SENECA ARMY DEP/SYRACUSE, NY 766 766 766 766 836 962 986 1013 1037
FT. DRUM/WATERTOWN, NY 735 735 735 735 830 1024 1082 1145 1195
BINGHAMTON/ITHACA, NY 1076 1076 1076 1076 1207 1335 1414 1500 1648
WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY 1729 1729 1729 1729 1959 2133 2221 2318 2491
STATEN ISLAND, NY 1464 1464 1464 1464 1599 1900 1997 2104 2218
POTSDAM, NY 658 658 658 658 693 793 840 891 951
KINGSTON/SAUGERTIES, NY 1088 1088 1088 1088 1173 1259 1285 1313 1378

Data courtesy of Department of Defense
For locations not listed above, visit the DOD BAH Interactive Database

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