Rental Housing In Arizona

Arizona Rental Overview

The population of Arizona, according to the 2010 Census, is 6,392,017. The total number of households in the state is 2,380,990. The average household size for Arizona is 2.46. The total number of renter households in the state is 809,303 which means that 33.99% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Arizona is ranked 16th in percentage of renters. District Of Columbia is ranked first with 57.99% and West Virginia ranks last with only 26.55%.

According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the median rent paid among all renter households and housing types and sizes in Arizona is $889 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Arizona ranks 18th for the highest median rent. Hawaii ranks first at $1,387 and West Virginia ranks last at $618. Though rents are set more locally, statewide median rents provide a basic outlook of housing costs for each state.

The number of vacant rental units in Arizona is 92,561 representing a vacancy rate of 10.7%. Among all U.S. states, Arizona ranks 48th for the lowest vacancy rates. New York ranks first with a vacancy rate of 4.5% and South Carolina ranks last with a vacancy rate of 12.9%. As lower vacancy rates are an indication of a healthier rental housing portfolio, Arizona’s rental housing portfolio is performing well below the National average.

Project Based Section 8 114 8,019
Section 202 84 4,599
Section 811 27 456
Section 515 117 3,824
RDRA 109 3,301
LIHTC 309 22,094
Senior 116 5,921
Public Housing 30 1,792
Section 8 Voucher 25 22,727
Total 544 36,473
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

‡This program is not project based, instead Housing Authorities provide vouchers to individual renters. In the state of Arizona there are 25 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Arizona is 67.00. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Phoenix at 10,288 units and the smallest is Queen Creek at 8 unit(s). 116 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 5,921 units. Of the 36,473 units, 11,610 units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Affordable Housing by Counties in Arizona ranked by federally assisted units

There are 15 counties or county equivalents in Arizona. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Maricopa County at 3,817,117 and the smallest is Greenlee County at 8,437. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Greenlee County at 50.03% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is La Paz County at 23.11%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Arizona ranges from a low of 37.6 units per 1,000 renter households in Greenlee County to a high of 216.4 units per 1,000 renter households in Santa Cruz County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Arizona is 97.6 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Arizona. All major affordable housing programs are provided on a county by county basis. Click on the name of the county to see a more in depth summary of affordable housing in that county.

CountyTotal Units
Maricopa County 19,036
Pima County 5,276
Yavapai County 1,733
Yuma County 1,671
Cochise County 1,465
Pinal County 1,375
Navajo County 1,295
Mohave County 1,258
Santa Cruz County 892
Coconino County 830
Gila County 675
Apache County 422
Graham County 252
La Paz County 137
Greenlee County 60

Affordable Housing by City in Arizona ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 98 cities in Arizona that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 6,392,017, Polacca has the largest population of these cities. There are 1 Federally assisted housing communities in Polacca which are home to about 24 families, most of which are lower income families.

The table below provides a summary of all Federally assisted housing communities by city in Arizona. All the major affordable housing funding program breakdowns are provided. Click on the city name to get a full affordable rental housing report for each city in Arizona.

CityTotal Units
Phoenix 10,288
Tucson 4,942
Mesa 2,173
Glendale 2,014
Yuma 1,093
Nogales 831
Gilbert 664
Cottonwood 609
Flagstaff 553
Peoria 538
Bullhead City 507
Chandler 481
Douglas 460
Show Low 442
Kingman 419
Scottsdale 417
Casa Grande 416
Avondale 414
Sierra Vista 397
Prescott Valley 382
Prescott 364
Surprise 326
Somerton 311
Tolleson 309
Payson 303
Lake Havasu City 288
Eloy 283
Apache Junction 268
San Luis 267
Florence 253
Green Valley 248
Winslow 221
Guadalupe 219
Camp Verde 218
Safford 212
Buckeye 211
Wickenburg 175
Whiteriver 173
Globe 170
Willcox 164
Coolidge 162
Page 161
Peoria 156
Benson 151
Tsaile 149
El Mirage 140
Bisbee 140
Huachuca City 132
Youngtown 119
Eagar 112
Tempe 108
Lakeside 104
Marana 98
Pinetop 96
Chino Valley 96
San Carlos 90
Williams 89
Peridot 80
Parker 73
Kayenta 66
Taylor 66
Maricopa 62
Rio Rico 61
Snowflake 60
Duncan 60
Gila Bend 60
Springerville 56
Aguila 50
Holbrook 48
St Johns 48
Mohave Valley 44
Superior 42
Quartzsite 40
Thatcher 40
Oracle 40
Mayer 40
Sanders 37
Miami 32
Ajo 30
Mammoth 25
Polacca 24
Ehrenberg 24
Sedona 24
Cibecue 22
Tombstone 21
Mcnary 20
South Tucson 18
Goodyear 14
Kearny 12
Queen Creek 8
Sun City West -
Sun City -
Paradise Valley -
New River -
Litchfield Park -
Fountain Hills -
Anthem -
Sun Lakes -

Housing Authorities in Arizona ranked by assisted units and vouchers

Housing authorities are governmental (or quasi-governmental) entities that manage various Federal housing assistance programs on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These programs include Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and other programs.

There are 25 housing authorities in Arizona. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 25 housing authorities, 60% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Arizona by total housing assistance units managed is City of Phoenix Housing Department with 8,583 public housing units under management (2,307 public housing units and 6,276 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Arizona and includes each housing authorities public housing and Section 8 voucher count. Click on the housing authority name to get more details on the housing authority.

NamePublic Housing UnitsSection 8 Vouchers
City of Phoenix Housing Department 2,307 6,276
City of Tucson Department of Housing and Community Development 1,506 4,535
Housing Authority of Maricopa County 824 1,562
City of Mesa Housing Authority - 1,584
Yuma City Housing Authority 235 1,163
City of Glendale Housing Authority 155 1,054
City of Tempe Housing Authority - 1,082
Pima County Housing Authority - 877
City of Chandler Housing and Redevelopment Division 303 486
Pinal County Housing Authority 169 584
Scottsdale Housing Agency - 735
Flagstaff Housing Authority 265 358
Yuma County Housing Department 159 401
Housing Authority of Cochise County - 543
Nogales Housing Authority 226 192
Mohave County Housing Authority - 309
South Tucson Housing Authority 172 132
Eloy Housing Authority 50 159
Douglas Housing Authority - 193
Winslow Public Housing Authority 55 128
Arizona Department of Housing - 149
Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation - 125
Williams Housing Authority 30 47
Peoria Housing Authority 70 -
Gila County Housing Authority - 53

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Arizona has a total of 544 rental properties that receive at least one form of Federal housing assistance and are at least partially reserved for low income persons. These properties contain an estimated 36,473 rental housing units. (Note: Some of the Federal source data we use does not include total unit count for a property -- most notably the LIHTC database -- so the number of units listed here may be less than the actual.)

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program is the largest assistance program by unit count. The program assists 22,094 in Arizona.




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