2012 Basic Allowance for Housing Component Breakdown
Data is collected annually for over 350 Military Housing Areas (MHAs) in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Three components are included in the BAH computation: median current market rent, average utilities (including electricity, heat, and water/sewer) and average renter’s insurance. Collectively, these components establish the total housing costs for six housing profiles (based on dwelling type and number of bedrooms) in each MHA. Total housing costs are used to set the BAH rates for Uniformed Service members, both with and without dependents, for each pay grade.
This spreadsheet displays the average percentage rent, utilities, and insurance provides to the total housing cost in each MHA. The use of an average does not guarantee each percentage displayed is representative of every member, but is the average for the location. A member’s actual percentage may be above or below the average percentage listed for each component in a MHA. For more information on BAH, including a short video presentation on how it is calculated, visit https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bah.cfm. Service members can calculate their BAH payment by using the BAH calculator at: http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm.
2012 BAH Component Breakdown (Rounded to the nearest 1 percent)