Housing
Rent as Percentage of Household Income

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Rent as Percentage of Household Income

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What does this measure?

The proportion of household income that goes toward monthly rent, utilities, and fuel, calculated by dividing median rent by median household income for renters.

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 the region performing?

Region-wide, 33% of the median household income went to cover rent in 2015-19, greater than the national figure of 31% and the statewide (excluding NYC) figure of 29%. All counties in the region had proportions that exceed the federal guideline for affordability, with Greene at 43%, Ulster at 37%, Orange at 36%, and Dutchess at 34%. In the region, the percent of household income going to rent was stable from 2010-14 to 2015-19. Rates also were steady in most of the counties or remained flat during those periods except Greene County which saw a 9 point increase from 2010-14 to 2015-19.

Localities with the highest proportion of rent spent on income were the town of Wawayanda at 59%, the villages of Bloomingburg, Catskill, and Kiryas Joel (65%, 57% and 58% respectively). The town of Lumberland had the lowest proportion of income that went to rent for Mid-Hudson Valley residents (14%). The populations in most other local areas were too small to yield reliable survey results.

Notes about the data

Multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Figures used in calculations are in 2015 dollars. Regional rates were calculated by weighting county medians based on share of population. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

Rent as Percentage of Household Income
20002010-142015-19
Region33%33%
Columbia County25%31%29%
Dutchess County27%34%34%
Greene County27%34%43%
Orange County27%38%36%
Putnam County26%38%30%
Sullivan County29%33%31%
Ulster County29%38%37%
NYS (excluding NYC)28%29%
U.S.26%33%31%
Columbia Cities
Hudson29%36%34%
Columbia Towns
Ancram25%34%40%*
Austerlitz21%42%28%
Canaan22%27%41%***
Chatham21%40%28%
Claverack27%28%37%*
Clermont25%21%32%*
Copake26%38%21%
Gallatin27%36%29%*
Germantown27%41%32%
Ghent23%49%41%
Greenport32%27%**29%
Hillsdale24%27%*28%
Kinderhook24%29%26%
Livingston21%19%*26%
New Lebanon24%33%21%
Stockport25%23%22%
Stuyvesant28%24%31%
Taghkanic31%30%N/A***
Columbia Villages
Chatham24%33%34%
Kinderhook27%31%*21%*
Philmont28%38%30%
Valatie28%31%*39%
Dutchess Cities
Beacon28%43%37%
Poughkeepsie35%49%42%
Dutchess Towns
Amenia26%27%35%
Beekman27%33%**22%**
Clinton21%37%30%*
Dover24%26%33%
East Fishkill22%31%35%
Fishkill25%28%31%
Hyde Park26%30%32%
La Grange26%46%31%
Milan25%34%29%
North East28%30%30%
Pawling21%27%33%
Pine Plains24%39%N/A*
Pleasant Valley24%33%28%
Poughkeepsie26%40%34%
Red Hook29%38%31%
Rhinebeck27%35%33%
Stanford23%25%20%*
Union Vale22%31%***38%
Wappinger23%25%33%
Washington26%22%28%
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill33%31%29%
Millbrook31%30%22%
Millerton28%32%29%
Pawling26%31%27%
Red Hook26%44%37%
Rhinebeck29%38%38%
Tivoli31%53%*49%*
Wappingers Falls26%32%35%
Greene Towns
Ashland23%34%N/A*
Athens25%35%41%
Cairo26%35%42%
Catskill30%31%55%
Coxsackie24%28%38%
Durham27%71%28%
Greenville23%44%**38%
Halcott34%25%***20%**
Hunter32%45%*75%*
Jewett24%54%***15%
Lexington31%50%***N/A***
New Baltimore27%29%***N/A***
Prattsville16%54%***28%*
Windham25%43%*47%
Greene Villages
Athens26%37%41%
Catskill37%32%57%
Coxsackie26%28%33%
Hunter29%34%***41%
Tannersville34%32%*29%
Orange Cities
Middletown32%39%39%
Newburgh31%53%40%
Port Jervis31%50%44%
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove27%27%25%
Chester20%30%39%
Cornwall26%27%31%
Crawford25%30%26%
Deerpark28%34%33%
Goshen31%33%33%
Greenville26%37%***N/A***
Hamptonburgh23%37%N/A*
Highlands18%24%23%
Minisink22%18%**40%*
Monroe37%58%34%
Montgomery24%32%30%
Mount Hope26%52%*31%*
New Windsor23%34%31%
Newburgh23%31%33%
Tuxedo21%23%49%
Wallkill23%33%30%
Warwick27%34%31%
Wawayanda26%41%59%
Woodbury23%34%19%
Orange Villages
Chester21%31%38%*
Cornwall-on-Hudson21%21%18%
Florida39%23%25%
Goshen32%40%33%
Greenwood Lake24%28%*N/A*
Harriman23%31%27%
Highland Falls26%27%22%
Kiryas Joel68%78%58%
Maybrook24%37%31%
Monroe22%25%39%
Montgomery22%35%45%
Otisville25%45%***21%
South Blooming Grove31%N/A
Tuxedo Park22%25%**17%
Unionville19%31%***N/A
Walden35%43%21%
Warwick39%46%35%
Washingtonville27%36%40%
Woodbury35%17%
Putnam Towns
Carmel29%45%31%
Kent25%33%28%
Patterson27%48%34%
Philipstown20%31%32%
Putnam Valley28%28%*34%
Southeast27%30%33%
Putnam Villages
Brewster27%36%34%
Cold Spring23%36%40%
Nelsonville22%25%52%
Sullivan Towns
Bethel24%22%16%*
Callicoon24%29%16%
Cochecton25%33%27%
Delaware25%18%*25%
Fallsburg30%34%34%
Forestburgh26%34%N/A*
Fremont28%34%*32%
Highland20%39%34%
Liberty30%39%37%
Lumberland28%24%**14%
Mamakating32%27%26%
Neversink30%27%30%***
Rockland31%59%28%*
Thompson32%43%36%
Tusten29%23%25%
Sullivan Villages
Bloomingburg25%38%65%
Jeffersonville17%44%23%
Liberty33%37%52%
Monticello36%44%41%
Woodridge35%40%43%
Wurtsboro44%29%34%
Ulster Cities
Kingston30%39%36%
Ulster Towns
Denning24%21%N/A
Esopus32%30%29%
Gardiner27%37%28%*
Hardenburgh23%N/A***N/A***
Hurley28%36%56%
Kingston18%43%*32%
Lloyd24%40%33%
Marbletown28%43%22%
Marlborough24%34%26%
New Paltz38%41%38%
Olive22%42%45%
Plattekill28%35%37%
Rochester25%22%28%*
Rosendale25%36%53%
Saugerties28%36%41%
Shandaken33%47%N/A*
Shawangunk24%32%30%
Ulster29%50%40%
Wawarsing37%34%39%
Woodstock31%46%35%
Ulster Villages
Ellenville38%44%39%
New Paltz45%41%41%
Saugerties31%38%39%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Rent considered affordable if less than 30% of income. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Median Rent
20002010-142015-19
Region$1,138$1,152
Columbia County$849$940$928
Dutchess County$1,085$1,214$1,220
Greene County$780$903$908
Orange County$1,096$1,248$1,259
Putnam County$1,401$1,333$1,453
Sullivan County$836$919$890
Ulster County$961$1,095$1,112
NYS (excluding NYC)$975$1,003
U.S.$924$994$1,062
Columbia Cities
Hudson$741$882$798
Columbia Towns
Ancram$1,082$1,472$1,420*
Austerlitz$971$748$1,008
Canaan$959$1,374$1,125***
Chatham$916$856$1,180
Claverack$869$954$781*
Clermont$984$936$1,290*
Copake$919$1,165$907
Gallatin$1,074$1,136$1,205*
Germantown$796$986$848
Ghent$842$969$1,076
Greenport$813$762**$937
Hillsdale$996$1,073*$1,011
Kinderhook$887$970$864
Livingston$904$961*$972
New Lebanon$935$960$937
Stockport$850$1,023$926
Stuyvesant$973$1,045$1,155
Taghkanic$965$949$867***
Columbia Villages
Chatham$787$919$897
Kinderhook$962$1,040*$792*
Philmont$769$808$842
Valatie$819$871*$741
Dutchess Cities
Beacon$1,010$1,146$1,323
Poughkeepsie$933$1,104$1,113
Dutchess Towns
Amenia$931$1,051$971
Beekman$1,318$1,468**$1,299**
Clinton$1,148$1,341$1,207*
Dover$996$1,024$914
East Fishkill$1,059$1,370$1,168
Fishkill$1,248$1,487$1,540
Hyde Park$1,059$1,112$1,107
La Grange$1,334$1,315$1,627
Milan$1,036$1,280$1,143
North East$1,039$1,104$1,131
Pawling$1,094$1,212$1,151
Pine Plains$974$1,212$1,140*
Pleasant Valley$1,146$1,511$1,333
Poughkeepsie$1,143$1,239$1,229
Red Hook$954$1,090$1,276
Rhinebeck$1,096$1,120$1,305
Stanford$1,060$1,049$1,021*
Union Vale$1,306$1,333***$1,231
Wappinger$1,225$1,289$1,346
Washington$1,077$1,211$1,175
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill$1,109$1,532$1,826
Millbrook$996$1,179$1,188
Millerton$976$989$955
Pawling$979$1,030$906
Red Hook$905$950$1,032
Rhinebeck$1,094$1,180$1,303
Tivoli$1,074$1,464*$1,255*
Wappingers Falls$1,053$1,260$1,293
Greene Towns
Ashland$844$1,225$879*
Athens$850$948$950
Cairo$704$925$931
Catskill$784$925$930
Coxsackie$758$788$888
Durham$718$876$796
Greenville$800$1,053**$1,014
Halcott$892$1,041***$645**
Hunter$784$822*$832*
Jewett$893$1,036***$919
Lexington$780$1,121***N/A***
New Baltimore$1,020$924***$737***
Prattsville$588$704***$452*
Windham$763$786*$734
Greene Villages
Athens$796$911$869
Catskill$776$862$913
Coxsackie$729$769$767
Hunter$671$662***$882
Tannersville$780$972*$878
Orange Cities
Middletown$1,050$1,214$1,230
Newburgh$942$1,150$1,114
Port Jervis$950$997$1,021
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove$1,129$1,170$1,196
Chester$1,243$1,481$1,275
Cornwall$1,106$1,423$1,447
Crawford$1,071$1,030$1,330
Deerpark$1,043$1,171$1,101
Goshen$1,311$1,287$1,296
Greenville$1,254$1,125***$1,303***
Hamptonburgh$1,013$2,161$1,631*
Highlands$1,145$1,555$1,948
Minisink$1,070$1,334**$1,403*
Monroe$1,258$1,302$1,651
Montgomery$1,122$1,130$1,222
Mount Hope$1,117$1,337*$1,409*
New Windsor$1,119$1,296$1,284
Newburgh$1,289$1,401$1,641
Tuxedo$1,392$1,529$1,620
Wallkill$1,140$1,269$1,329
Warwick$1,140$1,222$1,169
Wawayanda$1,145$1,284$1,618
Woodbury$1,306$1,793$1,638
Orange Villages
Chester$1,268$1,386$1,215*
Cornwall-on-Hudson$1,096$1,442$1,378
Florida$1,424$1,157$1,640
Goshen$1,390$1,325$1,289
Greenwood Lake$1,030$1,237*$1,125*
Harriman$1,424$1,462$1,615
Highland Falls$1,071$1,201$1,305
Kiryas Joel$1,198$1,211$1,229
Maybrook$1,129$1,211$1,124
Monroe$1,113$1,327$1,637
Montgomery$1,151$1,174$1,298
Otisville$1,109$1,099***$1,016
South Blooming Grove$1,302$1,273
Tuxedo Park$1,432$1,431**$1,339
Unionville$783$698***$1,299
Walden$1,060$1,003$1,024
Warwick$1,100$1,057$1,078
Washingtonville$1,143$941$945
Woodbury$1,828$1,567
Putnam Towns
Carmel$1,392$1,280$1,354
Kent$1,419$1,391$1,682
Patterson$1,436$1,313$1,352
Philipstown$1,209$1,568$1,485
Putnam Valley$1,337$1,218*$1,803
Southeast$1,447$1,395$1,556
Putnam Villages
Brewster$1,304$1,252$1,288
Cold Spring$1,163$1,257$1,445
Nelsonville$1,320$1,685$1,638
Sullivan Towns
Bethel$853$996$753*
Callicoon$760$911$733
Cochecton$876$957$838
Delaware$758$849*$864
Fallsburg$873$960$781
Forestburgh$1,050$1,131$1,538*
Fremont$806$861*$682
Highland$800$977$1,223
Liberty$776$832$840
Lumberland$798$1,059**$956
Mamakating$1,074$1,056$1,133
Neversink$1,022$1,017$990***
Rockland$778$946$1,055*
Thompson$826$849$922
Tusten$850$838$711
Sullivan Villages
Bloomingburg$773$943$912
Jeffersonville$686$878$853
Liberty$703$776$791
Monticello$789$799$925
Woodridge$701$792$806
Wurtsboro$1,159$936$1,005
Ulster Cities
Kingston$884$1,057$1,050
Ulster Towns
Denning$1,113$900$1,133
Esopus$1,034$1,163$1,189
Gardiner$1,057$1,260$1,216*
Hardenburgh$959N/A***N/A***
Hurley$1,025$1,232$1,285
Kingston$941$1,215*$1,293
Lloyd$1,004$1,148$1,382
Marbletown$1,059$1,243$1,058
Marlborough$996$1,029$1,084
New Paltz$959$1,186$1,402
Olive$922$977$936
Plattekill$1,024$1,151$1,095
Rochester$942$1,201$788*
Rosendale$1,019$1,299$1,125
Saugerties$895$1,089$1,086
Shandaken$879$779$1,061*
Shawangunk$1,088$1,146$1,103
Ulster$1,011$1,038$1,130
Wawarsing$912$1,016$879
Woodstock$1,156$1,100$1,083
Ulster Villages
Ellenville$842$1,035$867
New Paltz$984$1,194$1,399
Saugerties$852$1,016$956

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures in 2017 dollars. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey.




INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Types Not Applicable
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Seniors Living in Poverty Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Decreasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Decreasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing


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