Housing

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

The proportion of household income that goes towards monthly rent, utilities, and fuel, calculated by dividing median rent by median income, presented for renters of various racial and ethnic groups.

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 our region performing?

Rent in Monroe County was least affordable for Hispanic and African American residents, with 44% and 45% of their income (respectively) going to rent in 2014-18. By comparison, Asian and white renters had lower proportions of income going towards housing both at 30%. Rent as a percent of income for African Americans in Monroe was 10 points higher than for the nation and state; for Hispanic renters, their portion of income that goes toward housing is 12 points higher than the nation. For other ethnicities, rates were similar in all three geographies. Renters in Rochester spent greater proportions of their income on housing for all racial/ethnic categories than in Monroe, including rates of 51% for Hispanic residents and 47% for African American residents.

In 2014-18, median rents in Monroe County were $926 for white renters, $905 for Asian renters, $914 for African American renters, and $853 for Hispanic renters. There was less variation between the highest and lowest median rent paid by racial or ethnic groups within Monroe County (the highest median rent was 8% above the lowest) than there was at the national and state levels (29% and 23%, respectively).

Notes about the data

Multiyear data are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, Public Use Microdata Sample, which paired up four counties (Orleans/Genesee, Wyoming/Livingston) due to relatively small populations. The American Community Survey combines five years of responses to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the first quarter.

Rent as Percent of Household Income by Race/ Ethnicity, 2014-18
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
United States27%35%32%28%
NYS36%35%37%30%
NYS (excluding NYC)37%34%37%28%
Region31%44%44%30%
Monroe30%45%44%30%
Surrounding Counties61%32%35%30%
Ontario/Yates26%29%32%27%
Orleans/Genesee13%33%51%25%
Wayne/SenecaN/A40%27%26%
Wyoming/LivingstonN/A52%48%32%
Rochester31%47%51%33%

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.




Median Rent by Race/Ethnicity, 2014-18
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
United States$1,375$977$1,101$1,060
NYS$1,488$1,144$1,314$1,331
NYS (excluding NYC)$1,515$1,204$1,307$1,610
Region$902$910$884$885
Monroe$905$914$853$926
Surrounding Counties$886$883$897$867
Ontario/Yates$788$922$919$866
Orleans/Genesee$777$828$817$795
Wayne/Seneca$784$797$912$816
Wyoming/Livingston$1,017$770$876$739
Rochester$884$901$831$862

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures are in constant 2018 Dollars.











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