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Gross Rent as Percent of Household Income

Time Range: 2006-2010       Resolution: Census Block Group

This indicator reflects the percentage of household income spent on rent in an area. It is a measure of private rental housing affordability in an area.


Gross rent as a percent of income is an indicator of housing affordability. Thirty percent of household income is the maximum standard people should be paying for their housing costs, leaving enough for food and other items. This 30% mark is a standard indicator used nationally to understand whether housing is affordable.

Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2006-2010 5-year detailed tables. This measure uses table B25071 (Median Gross Rent As A Percentage Of Household Income In The Past 12 Months (Dollars)) at the census block group (150) summary level. Column: B25071001

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