Families
Housing Affordability - Renting
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Rent as Percentage of Household Income
2015-19
Arkansas County28%
Ashley County33%
Baxter County27%
Benton County23%
Boone County27%
Bowie County, Texas28%
Bradley County22%
Calhoun County43%
Carroll County22%
Chicot County37%
Clark County30%
Clay County28%
Cleburne County27%
Cleveland County26%
Columbia County31%
Conway County27%
Craighead County31%
Crawford County29%
Crittenden County34%
Cross County29%
Dallas County36%
Desha County25%
Drew County33%
Faulkner County32%
Franklin County40%
Fulton County31%
Garland County31%
Grant County32%
Greene County25%
Hempstead County27%
Hot Spring County30%
Howard County33%
Independence County29%
Izard County23%
Jackson County37%
Jefferson County31%
Johnson County29%
Lafayette County34%
Lawrence County25%
Lee County44%
Lincoln County34%
Little River County26%
Logan County23%
Lonoke County27%
Madison County26%
Marion County39%
Miller County34%
Mississippi County29%
Monroe County30%
Montgomery County26%**
Nevada County32%
Newton County34%
Ouachita County31%
Perry County24%
Phillips County36%
Pike County29%
Poinsett County28%
Polk County32%
Pope County31%
Prairie County27%
Pulaski County31%
Randolph County28%
Saline County25%
Scott County34%
Searcy County33%
Sebastian County27%
Sevier County24%
Sharp County29%
St. Francis County33%
Stone County41%
Union County30%
Van Buren County39%
Washington County29%
White County30%
Woodruff County37%
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
14

OUT OF 51
2015-19

STATE TREND

Increasing


29%

2015-19
1% = 305
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 2015-19, 29% of renter income went to rent, an increase of 3 percentage points since 2000 and similar to the national level of 31%. This makes Arkansas 14th 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 Carroll, Yell, Sevier and Benton (all at 23%), and least affordable in Calhoun (44%), and Lee and Franklin (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
20002010-142015-19
Arkansas26%32%29%

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%.






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Source: U.S. Census Bureau







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