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2008 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)



Updated December 13, 2007

Below are the rates of tax-free housing allowance (Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH) that are provided to warrant officers (with dependents) who are authorized to reside off base at government expense in the state of PENNSYLVANIA , for calendar year 2008.

In calendar year 2004, service members living "on the economy" paid an average of 3.5 percent of the housing costs out-of-pocket. That percentage dropped to zero in calendar year 2005, and has remained at zero ever since. 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.

For localities in the state of PENNSYLVANIA not shown on the chart below, see the DOD BAH Database.


2008 BAH

Locality W-1 W-2 W-3 W-4 W-5
CARLISLE BARRACKS, PA 1220 1333 1437 1510 1595
PHILADELPHIA, PA/CAMDEN, NJ 1977 2000 2021 2136 2269
NAS WILLOW GROVE, PA 1977 2066 2148 2247 2362
PITTSBURGH, PA 1410 1538 1656 1710 1773
READING, PA 1233 1242 1250 1254 1258
STATE COLLEGE, PA 1189 1267 1339 1449 1576
ERIE, PA 1028 1105 1176 1243 1319
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON, PA 1021 1081 1137 1186 1243
ALLENTOWN/BETHLEHEM, PA 1347 1394 1439 1544 1664
JOHNSTOWN, PA 969 1051 1128 1168 1215

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