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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 States, 2005-2010

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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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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).

How We Calculated the Rates

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

Page Content Updated On 01/19/2012, Published on 01/19/2012
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