Families
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Rent as Percentage of Household Income
2014-18
Arkansas County31%
Ashley County42%
Baxter County27%
Benton County23%
Boone County27%
Bowie County, Texas30%
Bradley County25%
Calhoun County44%
Carroll County23%
Chicot County37%
Clark County33%
Clay County33%
Cleburne County28%
Cleveland County27%
Columbia County34%
Conway County28%
Craighead County33%
Crawford County29%
Crittenden County34%
Cross County30%
Dallas County31%
Desha County27%
Drew County36%
Faulkner County31%
Franklin County42%
Fulton County38%
Garland County32%
Grant County30%
Greene County26%
Hempstead County30%
Hot Spring County28%
Howard County33%
Independence County30%
Izard County29%
Jackson County35%
Jefferson County33%
Johnson County34%
Lafayette County24%**
Lawrence County26%
Lee County42%
Lincoln County32%
Little River County26%
Logan County27%
Lonoke County26%
Madison County26%
Marion County40%
Miller County33%
Mississippi County29%
Monroe County31%
Montgomery County27%**
Nevada County34%
Newton County41%
Ouachita County34%
Perry County27%
Phillips County34%
Pike County26%
Poinsett County29%
Polk County27%
Pope County31%
Prairie County26%
Pulaski County31%
Randolph County29%
Saline County25%
Scott County37%
Searcy County35%
Sebastian County29%
Sevier County23%
Sharp County33%
St. Francis County34%
Stone County39%
Union County30%
Van Buren County38%
Washington County29%
White County32%
Woodruff County38%
Yell County23%

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
2014-18

STATE TREND

Increasing


30%

2014-18
1% = 293
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 2014-18, 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 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 and 17% for Asians. It was slightly less affordable for women (29% 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
20002009-132014-18
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
Arkansas26%17%35%26%25%26%29%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.





Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Rent as Percent of Household Income by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas29%26%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau









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