The Department of Housing and Urban Development has released data from the 2011 American Housing Survey (AHS). This survey covered 55,000 occupied and vacant housing units to find data on the characteristics of housing units across the country. The 2011 survey collected data not collected in past surveys such as: health issues, safety hazard and home modifications that accommodated residents with disabilities, presence of mold, second hand smoke and asthma in the home.
Some main findings from this survey:
- 7% of renters reported moderate physical problems with their housing units
- 23% of renter households with children between 6 and 17 years old reported that their child suffered from asthma
- Of renter households that moved over the past year, 46% saw an increase in housing costs and 30% saw a decrease.
- The median rent reported by renter households was $845.
- 55% of renter households reported paying at least 30% of their income towards rent, 30% reported paying more than 50% of their income.
- 12% of households reported that their rent equaled or exceeded their income