Definitions: The share of children living in households where more than 30
percent of the monthly income was spent on rent, mortgage payments,
taxes, insurance, and/or related expenses.
30 percent threshold for housing costs is based on research on
affordable housing by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
development (HUD). According to HUD, households that must allocate more
than 30 percent of their income to housing expenses are less likely to
have enough resources for food, clothing, medical care or other needs.
Data Source: Population Reference Bureau, analysis of data from the U.S. Census
2005 through 2011 American Community Survey.
in January 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau expanded the ACS sample to 3
million households (full implementation), and in January 2006 the ACS
included group quarters. The ACS, fully implemented, is designed to
provide annually updated social, economic, and housing data for states
and communities. (Such local-area data have traditionally been collected
once every ten years in the long form of the decennial census.)
S - Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the
percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points. N.A. – Data
Data are provided for the 50 most populous cities according to the most
recent Census counts. Cities for which data is collected may change
A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at
Children in households that spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.
Note: The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are
not included in maps and rankings because they are not states and therefore comparisons on many
indicators of child well being are not meaningful.