The U.S. Census Bureau released new aggregate tables from the 1-Year 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) on September 17, showing nearly 20 million renter households are housing cost-burdened.
The ACS is an annual nationwide survey of approximately 3.5 million households that collects data about the demographic, housing, economic, and commuting characteristics of the U.S. population. The data include the population of households that are housing cost-burdened (that spend 30% or more of their incomes on housing costs). Of 41,048,717 renter households with positive incomes who paid cash rent in 2019, 19,881,539 (48.4%) were housing cost burdened. Among the 8,781,716 renters with incomes less than $20,000 that paid cash rent, 7,739,142 (88.1%) were housing cost burdened.
The new data are available at: http://data.census.gov
Additional information on the American Community Survey can be found at: http://www.census.gov/acs