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Complete Indicator Profile of Rental Housing Cost

Definition

The percentage of income that a household spends on rental housing is the ratio of monthly gross rent to monthly household income (total annual household income divided by 12). Gross rent is the contract rent plus the estimated average monthly cost of utilities (electricity, gas, and water and sewer) and fuels (oil, coal, kerosene, wood, etc.) if these are paid by the renter (or paid for the renter by someone else).

Numerator

Number of renter-occupied units spending 30 percent or more of household income on gross rent

Denominator

Total number of renter-occupied housing units

Data Interpretation Issues

Be aware that confidence intervals can be wide for this measure.

For more information on how to interpret confidence intervals, please see: http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/champ/technical.html

Why Is This Important?

"Housing affordability is a problem that affects mostly low-income individuals and families. People with limited income may have problems paying for basic necessities, such as food, heat, and medical needs. In addition, people with limited incomes may be forced to live in substandard housing in an unsafe environment." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020



Graphical Data Views

Percentage of Renter-Occupied Units Spending 30 Percent or More of Household Income on Rental Housing North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2008-2010

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Percentage of Renter-Occupied Housing Units
North Carolina 2008 41.8%
North Carolina 2009 45.6%
North Carolina 2010 47.2%
HNC 2020 Target 2008 36.1%
HNC 2020 Target 2009 36.1%
HNC 2020 Target 2010 36.1%

Data Notes

This indicator is derived from American Community Survey (ACS) data collected by the United States Census Bureau. The ACS is conducted on an annual basis and now replaces the long form portion of the Census.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

American Community Survey 



Percentage of Renter-Occupied Units Spending 30 Percent or More of Household Income on Rental Housing by County, 2006-2010

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County Percentage of Renter-Occupied Housing Units Lower Limit Upper Limit
Alamance 45.2% 42.5% 47.9%
Alexander 39.2% 32.4% 46.0%
Alleghany 45.4% 33.3% 57.5%
Anson 40.2% 32.8% 47.6%
Ashe 39.2% 31.8% 46.6%
Avery 46.6% 37.8% 55.4%
Beaufort 40.9% 36.3% 45.5%
Bertie 55.5% 47.4% 63.6%
Bladen 35.2% 29.9% 40.5%
Brunswick 44.1% 40.0% 48.2%
Buncombe 42.6% 40.5% 44.7%
Burke 40.2% 36.8% 43.6%
Cabarrus 42.0% 38.8% 45.2%
Caldwell 40.4% 36.0% 44.8%
Camden 47.3% 29.5% 65.1%
Carteret 40.8% 37.0% 44.6%
Caswell 42.6% 35.6% 49.6%
Catawba 40.5% 37.5% 43.5%
Chatham 42.2% 37.1% 47.3%
Cherokee 30.8% 23.5% 38.1%
Chowan 35.4% 28.1% 42.7%
Clay 40.8% 26.8% 54.8%
Cleveland 43.4% 40.5% 46.3%
Columbus 43.0% 38.3% 47.7%
Craven 43.8% 40.4% 47.2%
Cumberland 43.1% 41.6% 44.6%
Currituck 46.4% 35.6% 57.2%
Dare 50.0% 43.2% 56.8%
Davidson 37.5% 34.8% 40.2%
Davie 33.8% 27.2% 40.4%
Duplin 33.8% 29.8% 37.8%
Durham 47.1% 45.3% 48.9%
Edgecombe 45.9% 41.9% 49.9%
Forsyth 46.1% 44.3% 47.9%
Franklin 41.3% 36.0% 46.6%
Gaston 44.8% 42.3% 47.3%
Gates 28.2% 16.2% 40.2%
Graham 43.1% 30.5% 55.7%
Granville 36.8% 31.5% 42.1%
Greene 32.8% 25.2% 40.4%
Guilford 46.8% 45.4% 48.2%
Halifax 47.9% 43.6% 52.2%
Harnett 44.0% 41.0% 47.0%
Haywood 39.3% 34.7% 43.9%
Henderson 43.0% 38.5% 47.5%
Hertford 43.5% 38.4% 48.6%
Hoke 49.3% 43.2% 55.4%
Hyde 44.3% 15.8% 72.8%
Iredell 41.2% 37.7% 44.7%
Jackson 45.6% 39.9% 51.3%
Johnston 45.5% 42.4% 48.6%
Jones 27.3% 19.2% 35.4%
Lee 37.4% 32.4% 42.4%
Lenoir 50.3% 45.8% 54.8%
Lincoln 43.6% 39.1% 48.1%
Macon 35.8% 28.8% 42.8%
Madison 34.7% 26.3% 43.1%
Martin 46.3% 40.1% 52.5%
McDowell 28.6% 23.8% 33.4%
Mecklenburg 44.3% 43.3% 45.3%
Mitchell 25.9% 17.3% 34.5%
Montgomery 40.1% 33.1% 47.1%
Moore 37.7% 33.1% 42.3%
Nash 41.0% 37.8% 44.2%
New Hanover 51.0% 48.6% 53.4%
Northampton 35.4% 29.5% 41.3%
Onslow 40.5% 38.1% 42.9%
Orange 51.4% 48.9% 53.9%
Pamlico 33.6% 25.0% 42.2%
Pasquotank 46.5% 41.4% 51.6%
Pender 40.7% 34.2% 47.2%
Perquimans 53.8% 43.3% 64.3%
Person 32.3% 27.0% 37.6%
Pitt 53.2% 51.0% 55.4%
Polk 51.6% 42.6% 60.6%
Randolph 43.6% 40.4% 46.8%
Richmond 38.7% 33.5% 43.9%
Robeson 39.7% 36.1% 43.3%
Rockingham 39.7% 35.7% 43.7%
Rowan 40.0% 36.9% 43.1%
Rutherford 39.1% 34.2% 44.0%
Sampson 40.9% 37.0% 44.8%
Scotland 45.1% 40.0% 50.2%
Stanly 31.5% 27.0% 36.0%
Stokes 30.1% 25.0% 35.2%
Surry 40.7% 36.1% 45.3%
Swain 39.1% 30.7% 47.5%
Transylvania 48.2% 40.5% 55.9%
Tyrrell 35.0% 19.0% 51.0%
Union 47.0% 43.1% 50.9%
Vance 51.2% 46.4% 56.0%
Wake 44.6% 43.4% 45.8%
Warren 43.6% 35.7% 51.5%
Washington 52.5% 42.5% 62.5%
Watauga 66.0% 61.9% 70.1%
Wayne 39.6% 37.2% 42.0%
Wilkes 40.0% 35.4% 44.6%
Wilson 50.0% 46.5% 53.5%
Yadkin 37.4% 31.9% 42.9%
Yancey 27.1% 20.5% 33.7%

Data Notes

This indicator is derived from American Community Survey (ACS) data collected by the United States Census Bureau. The ACS is conducted on an annual basis and now replaces the long form portion of the Census. 

Data Sources

American Community Survey 



Percentage of Renter-Occupied Units Spending 30 Percent or More of Household Income on Rental Housing North Carolina vs. United States, 2005-2010

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North Carolina vs U.S. Year Percentage of Renter-Occupied Housing Units Lower Limit Upper Limit
North Carolina 2005 42.3% 41.5% 43.1%
North Carolina 2006 42.7% 41.8% 43.6%
North Carolina 2007 42.7% 41.8% 43.6%
North Carolina 2008 41.8% 40.9% 42.7%
North Carolina 2009 45.6% 44.9% 46.3%
North Carolina 2010 47.2% 46.5% 47.9%
United States 2005 45.7% 45.5% 45.9%
United States 2006 46.0% 45.9% 46.1%
United States 2007 45.6% 45.4% 45.8%
United States 2008 46.1% 46.0% 46.2%
United States 2009 47.7% 47.6% 47.8%
United States 2010 48.9% 48.8% 49.0%

Data Notes

This indicator is derived from American Community Survey (ACS) data collected by the United States Census Bureau. The ACS is conducted on an annual basis and now replaces the long form portion of the Census. 

Data Sources

American Community Survey 

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