Rent Burden


U.S. Now Thoroughly Rent Burdened

Average U.S. rent burden reached 30 percent for the first time ever at the end of 2022, according to a recent analysis.

January 24, 2023 - Moody’s Analytics CRE

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Over 40 Percent of U.S. Tenants Are ‘Rent Burdened’

Despite a small downturn in average rents at the end of last year, American renter households continue to struggle with unaffordable housing costs.

January 11, 2023 - FiveThirtyEight

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Colorado Voters to Weigh in on Affordable Housing Measures

Around the state, measures aimed at increasing tax revenues for affordable housing and limiting the impact of out-of-town investors are up for a vote next week.

November 3, 2022 - Colorado Public Radio

Early morning view of new neighborhoods and Route 215 from the top of Lone Mountain in Northwest Las Vegas.

Report: Nevada Housing Shortage Worst in the Nation

Nevada’s explosive growth is creating a severe housing shortage, with the state needing almost 80,000 affordable housing units to meet demand.

May 11, 2022 - Las Vegas Weekly

Washington D.C.

D.C.'s Housing and Homelessness Crises Are Two Sides of the Same Coin

To reduce homelessness, advocates say, build more affordable housing.

October 14, 2021 - Greater Greater Washington

Rent Jubilee

Report Breaks Down Pandemic Rent Burdens by State and Metro Area

The share of U.S. households facing rent debt is decreasing as the economy begins to recover from the pandemic, but rent debt is still concentrated by geography and demographics around the country.

May 18, 2021 - U.S. News


Coping With Rent Burden

The rent eats first, they say. But how do people survive when the rent also eats almost everything?

December 23, 2020 - USC Sol Price Center for Innovation

Fresno Portal

Fresno Feeling Stress of California Housing Crisis

While the Central Valley city was long considered relatively affordable, rents are rising and affordable housing is harder to come by.

October 10, 2019 - CityLab


Report Digs Into the Unique Needs of the Miami Housing Market

Miami doesn’t get as much attention as cities like New York City and San Francisco for the cost of housing, but 61 percent of renters in the city are cost-burdened, and 71 percent of the city's residents are residents.

May 13, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Philadelphia Rowhouse

Housing Costs Rise for Philly's Poorest Residents, Fall for the Wealthy

Poor households in Philadelphia are spending nearly much on housing as wealthy residents. And while costs for the wealthy are going down, costs for the poor continue to rise.

May 1, 2019 - Plan Philly

For Rent

Is Residual Income a Better Metric for Housing Affordability?

The common metric for measuring housing affordability—whether households pay more than 30 percent of their income on shelter—has its downsides. Looking at residual income offers more precision in some respects.

October 8, 2018 - Joint Center for Housing Studies

Young Family

Debt and Rent Burden Keeping Millennials From Homeownership

Research from the Urban Institute finds that economic hurdles, not just lifestyle preferences, are stopping millennials from buying homes.

July 23, 2018 - Curbed

Fire Escape

10 U.S. Cities Launch Anti-Displacement Network

More than half of American tenants are rent-burdened, putting them at risk of displacement. A national collaboration with PolicyLink hopes to help.

April 22, 2018 - Curbed


When Rents Rise But Wages Don't

Renters in smaller metropolitan areas are struggling to deal with the realities of rising rent and stagnant wages. At least wages have increased in high-priced areas.

December 13, 2017 - The Spokesman-Review

Rising Rents Burden Record Number of Americans

Rising rents, stagnant incomes and the effects of the recession have pushed a record number of Americans to take on hazardous housing cost burdens, says a new report. Low-income renters are especially vulnerable.

December 10, 2013 - The Washington Post

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