Families
Housing Affordability - Renting
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Rent as Percentage of Household Income
2013-17
Arkansas County30%
Ashley County42%
Baxter County28%
Benton County24%
Boone County28%
Bowie County, Texas32%
Bradley County32%
Calhoun County47%
Carroll County27%
Chicot County38%
Clark County33%
Clay County32%
Cleburne County33%
Cleveland County27%
Columbia County33%
Conway County36%
Craighead County32%
Crawford County29%
Crittenden County35%
Cross County34%
Dallas County29%
Desha County33%
Drew County38%
Faulkner County30%
Franklin County35%
Fulton County38%
Garland County37%
Grant County31%
Greene County27%
Hempstead County33%
Hot Spring County32%
Howard County31%
Independence County32%
Izard County28%
Jackson County35%
Jefferson County34%
Johnson County31%
Lafayette County26%
Lawrence County29%
Lee County42%**
Lincoln County32%
Little River County30%
Logan County30%
Lonoke County26%
Madison County27%
Marion County36%
Miller County33%
Mississippi County32%
Monroe County31%
Montgomery County28%
Nevada County38%
Newton County28%
Ouachita County35%
Perry County29%
Phillips County35%
Pike County27%
Poinsett County28%
Polk County27%
Pope County31%
Prairie County25%
Pulaski County31%
Randolph County40%
Saline County25%
Scott County29%
Searcy County34%
Sebastian County30%
Sevier County26%
Sharp County34%
St. Francis County36%
Stone County39%
Union County31%
Van Buren County37%
Washington County29%
White County31%
Woodruff County41%
Yell County27%

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
18

OUT OF 51
2013-17

STATE TREND

Increasing


30%

2013-17
1% = 281
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 2013-17, 30% of renter income went to rent, an increase of 4 percentage points since 2000 and similar to the national level of 32%. This makes Arkansas 18th in the nation for this indicator. Rent was less affordable for black or African American residents, consuming 35% of income, compared to 26% for both white and Hispanic residents. It was slightly less affordable for women (30% of income) compared to men (26%).

Among Arkansas counties, rent was most affordable in Benton (24%) and Prairie and Saline (both at 25%), and least affordable in Calhoun (47%), and Lee and Ashley (42%).

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
20002008-122013-17
Arkansas26%32%30%

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
Arkansas24%17%35%26%21%26%30%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
Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
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 Maintaining
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 Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
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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