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Housing Cost Burden - Renters Reports & Graphics

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.

Housing Cost Burden - Renters, 2012

StatePercent of Renters
who are Cost Burdened (%)
Rank
United States  52.0%   
Alabama  49.8%  24 
Alaska  47.4% 
Arizona  51.4%  38 
Arkansas  48.9%  17 
California  57.6%  50 
Colorado  51.0%  34 
Connecticut  53.0%  42 
Delaware  48.6%  15 
District of Columbia  48.1%  10 
Florida  58.6%  51 
Georgia  53.1%  43 
Hawaii  55.3%  49 
Idaho  49.9%  25 
Illinois  50.7%  32 
Indiana  49.2%  19 
Iowa  44.9% 
Kansas  44.5% 
Kentucky  48.3%  14 
Louisiana  52.6%  40 
Maine  51.8%  39 
Maryland  50.6%  29 
Massachusetts  49.4%  21 
Michigan  54.3%  48 
Minnesota  48.2%  13 
Mississippi  54.3%  47 
Missouri  50.9%  33 
Montana  47.1% 
Nebraska  42.8% 
Nevada  51.2%  36 
New Hampshire  48.9%  18 
New Jersey  54.2%  46 
New Mexico  51.4%  37 
New York  53.4%  44 
North Carolina  49.7%  23 
North Dakota  35.3% 
Ohio  49.3%  20 
Oklahoma  47.8% 
Oregon  53.7%  45 
Pennsylvania  49.9%  26 
Rhode Island  50.6%  28 
South Carolina  52.6%  41 
South Dakota  40.8% 
Tennessee  51.0%  35 
Texas  48.2%  12 
Utah  49.6%  22 
Vermont  50.7%  30 
Virginia  50.2%  27 
Washington  50.7%  31 
West Virginia  48.1%  11 
Wisconsin  48.7%  16 
Wyoming  43.5% 

Definition

Percentage of renter-occupied units spending 30% or more of household income on rent and utilities, 2012.

Source

2012 American Community Survey. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, 2013.

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