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Housing Cost Burden - Renters
Definition

Percentage of renter-occupied units spending 30% or more of household income on rent and utilities, 2014.

Description

This measure is an indicator of the portion of a household’s income that is consumed by costs of renting. Expenses such as rent, utility costs and other fees take away money that could be saved or invested in other assets. When these expenses exceed 30% of household income, the household is classified as “cost-burdened” and is at risk of eviction or homelessness if it suffers a decline in income.

To see the data disaggregated by race and ethnicity, click on the Data by Race tab below.

51.8% of United States renters are cost-burdened

Housing Cost Burden - Renters, 2014

StatePercent of Renters
who are Cost Burdened (%)
Rank
United States 51.8%
Alabama 51.7% 39
Alaska 51.3% 35
Arizona 49.6% 23
Arkansas 47.5% 13
California 56.8% 49
Colorado 50.9% 32
Connecticut 53.6% 46
Delaware 49.6% 24
District of Columbia 48.6% 17
Florida 57.9% 51
Georgia 52.1% 41
Hawaii 57.5% 50
Idaho 46.8% 11
Illinois 50.2% 26
Indiana 49.6% 22
Iowa 43.9% 5
Kansas 45.8% 7
Kentucky 49.4% 20
Louisiana 53.1% 44
Maine 50.8% 30
Maryland 51.7% 38
Massachusetts 50.5% 28
Michigan 52.3% 42
Minnesota 48.3% 16
Mississippi 51.6% 37
Missouri 48.1% 14
Montana 45.9% 8
Nebraska 41.9% 4
Nevada 49.5% 21
New Hampshire 49.4% 19
New Jersey 52.9% 43
New Mexico 51.4% 36
New York 54.7% 47
North Carolina 50.8% 29
North Dakota 39.6% 2
Ohio 48.1% 15
Oklahoma 44.9% 6
Oregon 55.1% 48
Pennsylvania 50.9% 33
Rhode Island 53.1% 45
South Carolina 51.9% 40
South Dakota 39.3% 1
Tennessee 50.8% 31
Texas 48.9% 18
Utah 46.6% 10
Vermont 51.1% 34
Virginia 50.2% 27
Washington 50.0% 25
West Virginia 46.5% 9
Wisconsin 47.4% 12
Wyoming 40.4% 3

Housing Cost Burden - Renters, by Race and Ethnicity

Housing Cost Burden - Renters (%)
State White HHsHHs of ColorBlack HHsAsian HHsNative American HHsHispanic HHs
United States 45.7% 54.3% 57.2% 44.5% 50.5% 55.9%
Alabama 44.3% 56.4% 57.4% 35.0% 55.8% 53.3%
Alaska 47.0% 53.6% 63.7% 29.4% 55.4% 74.0%
Arizona 44.8% 47.4% 55.1% 36.5% 38.6% 51.3%
Arkansas 42.2% 52.9% 54.0% 24.2% 55.4% 33.4%
California 51.2% 54.5% 62.7% 48.1% 63.1% 59.8%
Colorado 47.6% 52.3% 54.5% 41.3% 59.5% 52.6%
Connecticut 47.4% 54.6% 60.4% 37.2% 56.8% 61.0%
Delaware 48.5% 46.2% 51.4% 47.2%
District of Columbia 39.5% 52.1% 53.7% 36.6% 41.8% 39.6%
Florida 50.1% 61.7% 63.4% 51.8% 55.9% 62.2%
Georgia 43.4% 55.7% 57.3% 37.9% 49.1% 56.0%
Hawaii 59.2% 52.9% 66.5% 49.7% 64.0%
Idaho 47.3% 58.4% 32.0% 40.6% 77.2% 44.8%
Illinois 42.5% 55.5% 58.8% 44.9% 52.5% 52.4%
Indiana 43.9% 56.1% 59.7% 34.4% 29.1% 51.3%
Iowa 40.4% 47.1% 54.4% 25.8% 53.8% 28.3%
Kansas 41.0% 48.4% 52.6% 28.1% 47.9% 46.4%
Kentucky 46.3% 53.4% 54.5% 40.4% 58.6% 45.6%
Louisiana 41.7% 60.2% 61.5% 32.2% 46.8% 44.6%
Maine 48.3% 57.7% 63.7% 30.6% 66.5% 33.2%
Maryland 46.5% 52.7% 53.2% 47.8% 74.5% 52.6%
Massachusetts 43.5% 51.5% 54.0% 45.5% 64.1% 58.6%
Michigan 48.6% 58.0% 60.5% 35.6% 49.4% 49.9%
Minnesota 43.1% 52.6% 57.3% 41.5% 49.5% 54.9%
Mississippi 45.1% 54.8% 54.9% 45.1% 46.9% 52.2%
Missouri 42.8% 52.5% 54.7% 34.5% 39.9% 45.4%
Montana 48.6% 40.8% 35.4% 35.2% 45.0% 52.1%
Nebraska 38.6% 48.7% 50.8% 40.8% 50.7% 32.7%
Nevada 44.5% 50.0% 57.8% 36.0% 37.2% 48.8%
New Hampshire 44.8% 47.0% 54.7% 42.4% 31.3% 59.9%
New Jersey 47.5% 49.5% 54.9% 32.6% 71.0% 59.3%
New Mexico 46.3% 46.2% 54.4% 33.0% 39.0% 51.7%
New York 46.7% 55.7% 56.5% 54.3% 38.7% 59.7%
North Carolina 44.2% 54.9% 56.6% 30.3% 52.6% 52.5%
North Dakota 35.6% 49.9% 39.8% 49.1% 58.2% 63.3%
Ohio 43.2% 53.9% 56.0% 37.7% 66.3% 52.0%
Oklahoma 41.1% 44.8% 48.8% 38.1% 44.4% 45.7%
Oregon 52.4% 60.3% 59.7% 46.8% 69.4% 53.1%
Pennsylvania 45.9% 54.9% 57.5% 44.7% 56.2% 63.0%
Rhode Island 47.7% 50.4% 50.9% 44.2% 68.2% 62.7%
South Carolina 44.1% 55.7% 56.0% 52.6% 49.7% 50.3%
South Dakota 36.7% 44.3% 43.5% 33.6% 53.9% 56.7%
Tennessee 46.0% 55.1% 55.9% 33.6% 22.7% 53.6%
Texas 42.4% 50.7% 53.8% 36.0% 43.3% 49.9%
Utah 41.3% 51.1% 49.9% 56.2% 44.5% 57.8%
Vermont 47.0% 31.4% 36.5% 29.6% 69.7%
Virginia 43.5% 53.0% 55.7% 39.0% 69.2% 48.4%
Washington 47.5% 50.9% 58.9% 43.2% 59.0% 48.9%
West Virginia 43.5% 50.2% 50.7% 36.9% 43.9%
Wisconsin 43.3% 56.2% 60.8% 45.1% 55.8% 51.0%
Wyoming 39.3% 50.9% 40.2% 34.2% 66.7% 53.2%

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Estimates for White households are generated for the White, non-Hispanic population. Likewise, estimates for Hispanic households include all households of Hispanic or Latino origin, regardless of race.

Change in Housing Cost Burden - Renters

Percent of Cost Burdened Renters (%)
State20072008200920102011201220132014
United States 45.6% 49.8% 51.5% 53.0% 53.4% 52.0% 51.5% 51.8%
Alabama 40.6% 48.1% 51.6% 54.0% 53.8% 49.8% 50.0% 51.7%
Alaska 37.2% 42.7% 40.9% 47.5% 44.3% 47.4% 43.2% 51.3%
Arizona 46.8% 50.2% 51.8% 53.2% 51.9% 51.4% 49.6% 49.6%
Arkansas 41.6% 48.2% 48.5% 49.7% 52.6% 48.9% 48.3% 47.5%
California 51.2% 54.7% 55.4% 57.2% 57.7% 57.6% 57.1% 56.8%
Colorado 46.2% 50.1% 52.5% 52.2% 51.6% 51.0% 51.9% 50.9%
Connecticut 47.5% 51.2% 52.6% 53.7% 55.2% 53.0% 52.9% 53.6%
Delaware 46.5% 51.4% 52.8% 55.2% 52.7% 48.6% 51.1% 49.6%
District of Columbia 45.8% 47.5% 49.1% 50.7% 49.3% 48.1% 49.5% 48.6%
Florida 52.7% 57.5% 60.3% 60.4% 60.9% 58.6% 57.8% 57.9%
Georgia 44.8% 49.4% 52.4% 54.3% 54.9% 53.1% 52.7% 52.1%
Hawaii 47.9% 55.4% 57.1% 56.2% 58.9% 55.3% 55.6% 57.5%
Idaho 38.8% 44.9% 48.4% 50.9% 51.5% 49.9% 47.7% 46.8%
Illinois 46.6% 49.0% 51.0% 52.6% 53.1% 50.7% 49.5% 50.2%
Indiana 41.8% 47.2% 49.4% 51.4% 51.9% 49.2% 49.7% 49.6%
Iowa 38.4% 43.5% 43.8% 45.9% 47.7% 44.9% 43.1% 43.9%
Kansas 37.8% 43.7% 45.2% 45.4% 46.6% 44.5% 45.1% 45.8%
Kentucky 39.5% 46.2% 48.0% 49.5% 51.1% 48.3% 46.1% 49.4%
Louisiana 42.4% 51.2% 51.0% 53.3% 55.6% 52.6% 52.3% 53.1%
Maine 42.1% 51.6% 51.4% 49.4% 53.9% 51.8% 52.6% 50.8%
Maryland 46.3% 49.3% 52.0% 51.6% 53.6% 50.6% 51.4% 51.7%
Massachusetts 47.2% 49.2% 48.7% 50.8% 51.7% 49.4% 50.2% 50.5%
Michigan 48.0% 52.9% 55.9% 55.9% 55.5% 54.3% 52.5% 52.3%
Minnesota 43.9% 49.1% 49.9% 50.4% 50.4% 48.2% 47.7% 48.3%
Mississippi 42.4% 52.6% 53.5% 55.5% 55.6% 54.3% 51.1% 51.6%
Missouri 42.9% 44.9% 47.0% 50.1% 49.8% 50.9% 48.9% 48.1%
Montana 36.4% 45.7% 43.8% 45.7% 46.6% 47.1% 47.1% 45.9%
Nebraska 38.3% 40.9% 42.6% 44.8% 43.6% 42.8% 44.5% 41.9%
Nevada 47.7% 49.6% 52.2% 53.1% 52.3% 51.2% 49.2% 49.5%
New Hampshire 42.2% 47.6% 49.1% 50.7% 50.3% 48.9% 47.7% 49.4%
New Jersey 48.5% 50.0% 52.6% 54.3% 54.6% 54.2% 53.8% 52.9%
New Mexico 42.1% 47.6% 47.4% 48.3% 53.3% 51.4% 51.4% 51.4%
New York 47.6% 50.5% 51.6% 53.2% 54.4% 53.4% 53.8% 54.7%
North Carolina 42.7% 46.3% 50.8% 52.2% 53.1% 49.7% 50.0% 50.8%
North Dakota 36.9% 38.0% 40.2% 40.2% 42.6% 35.3% 42.6% 39.6%
Ohio 45.1% 47.9% 49.9% 51.9% 51.7% 49.3% 48.3% 48.1%
Oklahoma 38.8% 44.8% 46.8% 47.4% 48.3% 47.8% 45.1% 44.9%
Oregon 45.1% 50.2% 51.7% 54.3% 55.5% 53.7% 53.2% 55.1%
Pennsylvania 43.3% 47.3% 48.1% 50.7% 51.4% 49.9% 50.3% 50.9%
Rhode Island 47.1% 49.1% 50.1% 51.8% 50.7% 50.6% 52.2% 53.1%
South Carolina 39.2% 47.2% 51.3% 53.7% 54.2% 52.6% 51.9% 51.9%
South Dakota 34.4% 38.9% 41.2% 41.7% 39.7% 40.8% 39.7% 39.3%
Tennessee 40.8% 48.0% 51.0% 52.7% 52.9% 51.0% 50.2% 50.8%
Texas 43.5% 47.7% 49.5% 50.3% 49.9% 48.2% 47.7% 48.9%
Utah 39.4% 42.7% 48.8% 48.8% 51.2% 49.6% 46.9% 46.6%
Vermont 45.0% 52.1% 51.3% 54.2% 53.4% 50.7% 53.9% 51.1%
Virginia 42.7% 47.3% 49.4% 50.4% 50.3% 50.2% 49.2% 50.2%
Washington 44.8% 48.0% 50.1% 51.2% 50.7% 50.7% 51.0% 50.0%
West Virginia 36.5% 46.8% 48.6% 49.3% 48.9% 48.1% 47.4% 46.5%
Wisconsin 41.8% 45.1% 48.0% 49.4% 48.9% 48.7% 47.2% 47.4%
Wyoming 28.3% 38.0% 37.3% 40.0% 36.6% 43.5% 41.7% 40.4%

Definition

Percentage of renter-occupied units spending 30% or more of household income on rent and utilities, 2014.

Source

2014 American Community Survey. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, 2015.

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