Families
Housing Affordability - Renting
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Rent as Percentage of Household Income
2012-16
Arkansas County28%
Ashley County34%
Baxter County28%
Benton County24%
Boone County28%
Bowie County, Texas33%
Bradley County33%
Calhoun County45%
Carroll County23%
Chicot County40%
Clark County34%
Clay County35%
Cleburne County34%
Cleveland County29%
Columbia County37%
Conway County39%
Craighead County32%
Crawford County30%
Crittenden County35%
Cross County37%
Dallas County27%
Desha County34%
Drew County45%
Faulkner County30%
Franklin County31%
Fulton County37%
Garland County36%
Grant County28%
Greene County30%
Hempstead County34%
Hot Spring County34%
Howard County30%
Independence County32%
Izard County31%
Jackson County37%
Jefferson County36%
Johnson County33%
Lafayette County30%
Lawrence County33%
Lee County42%**
Lincoln County34%
Little River County31%
Logan County29%
Lonoke County27%
Madison County30%
Marion County34%
Miller County33%
Mississippi County32%
Monroe County35%
Montgomery County26%
Nevada County40%
Newton County24%**
Ouachita County33%
Perry County32%
Phillips County37%
Pike County29%
Poinsett County29%
Polk County26%
Pope County32%
Prairie County26%
Pulaski County31%
Randolph County32%
Saline County25%
Scott County29%
Searcy County36%
Sebastian County31%
Sevier County26%
Sharp County35%
St. Francis County31%
Stone County38%
Union County29%
Van Buren County35%
Washington County29%
White County32%
Woodruff County38%
Yell County24%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Rent considered affordable if less than 30% of income. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.







NATIONAL RANKING
20

OUT OF 51
2012-16

STATE TREND

Increasing


31%

2012-16
1% = 267
Dollars

What does this measure?

The proportion of household income that goes toward monthly rent, utilities and fuel, calculated by dividing median rent by median household income for renters.

Why is this important?

This figure indicates how affordable housing is for renters. The federal Housing and Urban Development Department guideline for affordability is that rent should consume no more than 30% of household income.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2012-16, 31% of renter income went to rent, an increase of 5 percentage points since 2000 and close to the national level of 32%. This makes Arkansas 20th in nation for this indicator. Rent was less affordable for black or African American residents, consuming 36% of income, compared to 26% for both white and Hispanic residents. It was slightly less affordable for women (30% of income) compared to men (27%).

Among Arkansas counties, rent was most affordable in Carroll, Yell, Benton and Newton (less than 25%) and least affordable in Drew and Calhoun (both 45%).

Notes about the data

The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined 5 years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with 3 asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator is expected to be released annually in December.

The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Rent as Percentage of Household Income
20002007-112012-16
Arkansas26%32%31%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Rent considered affordable if less than 30% of income. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.






Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Rent as Percent of Household Income by Race/ Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African/AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas25%17%36%26%22%27%32%26%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Not Applicable
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Maintaining
Volunteering Decreasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Decreasing
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable


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