Indicator Report - Percentage of Renter-Occupied Units Spending 30 Percent or More of Household Income on Rental Housing
North Carolina vs. United States, 2005-2010
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.
Percentage of Renter-Occupied Units Spending 30 Percent or More of Household Income on Rental Housing North Carolina vs. United
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 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).
How We Calculated the Rates
Number of renter-occupied units spending 30 percent or more of household income on gross rent
Total number of renter-occupied housing units
Page Content Updated On 01/19/2012,
Published on 01/19/2012
State Center for Health Statistics, N.C. Division of Public Health, Telephone: 919-733-4728, Fax: 919-733-8485