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Median Contract Rent in the U.S.

TUESDAY, JUL 28, 2020

A potential wave of evictions looms, with 1 in 5 Americans falling behind on their monthly rent, according to the Census Bureau’s July 9-14 Household Pulse Survey. In almost 640 U.S. neighborhoods, the median rent exceeds half the typical income of $63,179  for a U.S. household, according to a Social Explorer analysis of 2014-18 American Community Survey data; in more than 4,800 neighborhoods, the median rent is more than one-third of the typical U.S. household income.

Rents are typically highest in places where income exceeds the median household income. Median rent tops $3,500 in almost 70 Census tracts, mostly concentrated in California, Florida, New York, and the Washington, D.C., metro area.

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Median Contract Rent in 2018. Click here to explore further.

Author: Frank Bass

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