Rental Housing In Arkansas

Arkansas Rental Overview

The population of Arkansas, according to the 2010 Census, is 2,915,918. The total number of households in the state is 1,147,084. The average household size for Arkansas is 2.41. The total number of renter households in the state is 378,928 which means that 33.03% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Arkansas is ranked 18th 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 Arkansas is $653 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Arkansas ranks 48th for the highest median rent. Hawaii ranks first at $1,353 and West Virginia ranks last at $606. 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 Arkansas is 41,046 representing a vacancy rate of 9.8%. Among all U.S. states, Arkansas ranks 45th 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, Arkansas’s rental housing portfolio is performing well below the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 206 9,886
Section 202 171 4,512
Section 811 54 761
Section 515 334 9,525
RDRA 291 5,887
LIHTC 333 15,046
Senior 312 9,292
Public Housing 73 6,502
Section 8 Voucher 144 23,536
Total 901 36,744
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 Arkansas there are 144 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Arkansas is 40.80. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Little Rock at 4,128 units and the smallest is College Station at 2 unit(s). 312 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 9,292 units. Of the 36,744 units, 21,046 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 Arkansas ranked by federally assisted units

There are 75 counties or county equivalents in Arkansas. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Pulaski County at 382,748 and the smallest is Calhoun County at 5,368. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Phillips County at 44.77% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Newton County at 18.87%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Arkansas ranges from a low of 29.3 units per 1,000 renter households in Cleburne County to a high of 1520 units per 1,000 renter households in Izard County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Arkansas is 188.5 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Arkansas. 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
Pulaski County 7,236
Washington County 2,190
Benton County 1,841
Sebastian County 1,357
Craighead County 1,095
Jefferson County 1,074
White County 1,057
Crittenden County 990
Faulkner County 916
Baxter County 847
Garland County 827
Pope County 763
Desha County 645
Miller County 633
Saline County 631
Crawford County 593
Mississippi County 541
Lonoke County 527
Union County 527
Boone County 469
Chicot County 465
Drew County 437
Clark County 403
Columbia County 375
Poinsett County 372
Lee County 353
Phillips County 349
Arkansas County 342
Jackson County 326
Randolph County 323
Carroll County 310
Monroe County 279
Hempstead County 275
Independence County 275
Johnson County 274
Lawrence County 267
Woodruff County 266
Logan County 255
Marion County 237
Ouachita County 231
Stone County 226
Searcy County 225
Clay County 223
Hot Spring County 213
Bradley County 211
Van Buren County 209
Cross County 207
Prairie County 203
Ashley County 203
Franklin County 195
Conway County 193
Yell County 186
Madison County 183
Sharp County 181
Lafayette County 161
Greene County 151
Sevier County 147
Dallas County 144
Fulton County 143
Newton County 137
Little River County 130
Lincoln County 105
Howard County 102
Scott County 100
Izard County 91
Pike County 81
Grant County 80
Cleburne County 75
Nevada County 73
Perry County 71
Cleveland County 41
Montgomery County 36
Calhoun County 25
Polk County 10
St. Francis County 9

Affordable Housing by City in Arkansas ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 229 cities in Arkansas that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 193,524, Little Rock has the largest population of these cities. There are 46 Federally assisted housing communities in Little Rock which are home to about 4,128 families, most of which are lower income families.

The table below provides a summary of all Federally assisted housing communities by city in Arkansas. 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 Arkansas.

CityTotal Units
Little Rock 4,128
North Little Rock 1,509
Fayetteville 1,204
Fort Smith 1,176
Pine Bluff 990
Jonesboro 913
Conway 861
Rogers 840
Springdale 833
Searcy 811
Hot Springs 795
West Memphis 771
Jacksonville 722
Russellville 714
Texarkana 633
Mountain Home 627
El Dorado 507
Dumas 475
Maumelle 467
Van Buren 446
Harrison 443
Forrest City 438
Monticello 435
Benton 397
Bentonville 386
Arkadelphia 379
Marianna 353
Magnolia 308
Cabot 303
Newport 281
Hope 275
Stuttgart 257
N Little Rock 240
Osceola 237
Lake Village 237
Batesville 227
Mountain View 226
Malvern 213
Bryant 211
Clinton 209
Siloam Springs 197
Clarksville 187
Wynne 186
Bethel Heights 184
Pocahontas 183
Huntsville 183
Morrilton 179
Camden 179
Hughes 177
Sherwood 160
Eudora 155
Fordyce 144
Gassville 144
Walnut Ridge 140
Paragould 139
Paris 138
Barling 135
Marshall 134
Crossett 132
Hermitage 127
Jasper 124
Blytheville 123
Holly Grove 122
Green Forest 121
Berryville 116
Mc Gehee 111
Booneville 107
West Helena 105
Ashdown 105
Lepanto 104
Flippin 100
Dardanelle 100
Ozark 99
Salem 99
Lewisville 98
Carlisle 98
Augusta 98
Corning 97
Bull Shoals 95
Dequeen 94
Brinkley 92
Leslie 91
Lonoke 90
Lowell 89
Trumann 89
Beebe 85
Harrisburg 85
Warren 84
Waldron 84
Bono 82
Hazen 81
Mc Crory 80
Sheridan 80
Piggott 78
Dierks 77
Marion 76
Alma 75
Dermott 73
Eureka Springs 73
Des Arc 73
Prescott 73
Farmington 71
Marked Tree 70
Hardy 69
Greenbrier 69
Hoxie 69
Joiner 67
Maynard 67
Earle 66
Marvell 65
Clarendon 65
Turrell 65
Lakeview 64
Lincoln 62
Perryville 61
Heber Springs 59
Reyno 58
Nashville 57
Calico Rock 57
Gentry 56
Cave City 56
Ash Flat 56
Hamburg 55
Elaine 54
Danville 54
De Queen 53
Cotton Plant 52
Charleston 52
Bearden 52
Madison 50
Devalls Bluff 49
Star City 48
Rector 48
Mulberry 48
Waldo 47
Coal Hill 45
Tuckerman 45
Gravette 45
Kensett 45
Bay 44
Altus 44
Mammoth Spring 44
Mcgehee 43
Helena 43
Yellville 42
Lamar 42
Manila 41
Rison 41
Colt 41
Gould 41
Glenwood 41
Murfreesboro 40
Cotter 40
Redfield 40
Palestine 38
Bradford 36
Norfork 36
Bradley 34
Leachville 32
Mountain Pine 32
De Witt 32
Tyronza 30
Stamps 29
Greenwood 28
Dewitt 28
Foreman 25
Atkins 25
Humphrey 25
Hampton 25
Western Grove 25
Mountainburg 24
Horseshoe Bend 24
Mccrory 24
Wabbaseka 24
Decatur 24
Dover 24
Plainview 24
Gurdon 24
Haskell 23
Bald Knob 22
Cherry Valley 21
Norman 21
Monette 20
Lake City 20
Elkins 20
Strong 20
Newark 20
Altheimer 20
Mcneil 20
Bella Vista 20
Mcrae 20
Luxora 20
England 20
Poplar Grove 18
Lavaca 18
Grady 16
Arkansas City 16
Mansfield 16
Ward 16
Brookland 16
Pangburn 16
Quitman 16
Sulphur Rock 16
Wilmot 16
Mount Ida 15
Ravenden Springs 15
Keiser 15
Strawberry 14
Diamond City 14
Imboden 12
Oil Trough 12
Crawfordsville 12
Marmaduke 12
Wheatley 12
Omaha 12
Tillar 12
Patterson 12
Judsonia 12
Ravenden 12
Portia 11
Melbourne 10
Mena 10
Casa 10
Russell 10
Magazine 10
Black Rock 9
Ola 8
Alexander 8
College Station 2

Housing Authorities in Arkansas 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 144 housing authorities in Arkansas. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 144 housing authorities, 24.3% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Arkansas by total housing assistance units managed is Housing Authority of the City of Little Rock with 2,980 public housing units under management (897 public housing units and 2,083 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Arkansas 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
Housing Authority of the City of Little Rock 897 2,083
North Little Rock Housing Authority 1,030 1,392
White River Regional Housing Authority 98 1,654
The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Smith 288 1,306
Jonesboro Urban Renewal HA 141 1,342
Housing Authority of the City of Pine Bluff 272 804
Camden Housing Authority 521 531
Housing Authority of the City of Texarkana 388 646
Hot Springs Housing Authority 365 658
West Memphis Housing Authority 374 523
Housing Authority of the City of Benton, Ar 102 778
NW Regional Housing Authority 58 676
Paragould Housing Authority 186 467
Mississippi County Public Facilities Board - 640
Fayetteville Housing Authority - 592
St. Francis County Housing Authority - 588
Stuttgart Housing Authority 116 456
Harrison Housing Agency - 507
Trumann Housing Authority 361 144
Siloam Springs Housing Authority - 493
Jacksonville Housing Authority 100 362
Housing Authority of the City of Conway 153 301
Crawford Co. Public Facilties Board - 432
Phillips County Public Housing Agency - 403
Housing Authority of the City of Forrest City 393 -
Hope Housing Authority 198 180
Lonoke County Housing Authority 119 243
Housing Authority of the City of Osceola 357 -
Housing Authority of the City of Brinkley 195 154
Russellville Housing Authority 182 166
Springdale Housing Authority 197 141
Pulaski County Housing Agency - 315
Polk County Housing Authority 180 125
Wynne Housing Authority 70 232
Housing Authority of the County of Poinsett 300 -
Cabot Public Housing Agency - 299
Housing Authority of the City of Helena 297 -
Blytheville Housing Authority 296 -
Arkadelphia Housing Authority 97 194
Lee County Housing Authority - 291
Searcy Housing Authority 148 138
Drew County Public Facilities Board - 267
Housing Authority of the City of Newport 263 -
Housing Authority of the City of Fayetteville 252 -
Housing Authority of the City of Marianna 246 -
Housing Authority of the City of West Helena 244 -
Warren Housing Authority 171 67
Lake Village Housing Authority - 230
Conway County Housing Authority - 229
Ashley County Housing Authority - 220
Housing Authority of the City of Morrilton 206 -
Pope County Public Facilities Board - 202
Little River County Housing Authority 148 50
Housing Authority of the City of Van Buren 198 -
McGehee Public Facilities Board - 193
Housing Authority of the City of Prescott 103 78
Housing Authority of the City of Magnolia 180 -
Housing Authority of the City of Clarksville 172 -
Clay County Public Housing Agency - 170
Housing Authority of the City of Malvern 169 -
Walnut Ridge Public Housing Agency - 157
Johnson County Public Housing Agency - 150
Desha Co. Residential Housing Fac Board - 148
Housing Authority of the City of Pocahontas 145 -
Housing Authority of the City of Crossett 124 -
Logan County Housing Authority - 123
Housing Authority of the City of Ola 121 -
Housing Authority of the City of England 121 -
Pocahontas Public Housing Agency (Brad) - 120
Lawrence County Public Housing Agency - 115
Clarendon Housing Authority 88 25
Housing Authority of the County of Sevier 111 -
Star City Housing Authority 56 55
Poinsett County Housing Agency - 111
Scott County Public Housing Agency - 107
Housing Authority of the County of Howard 104 -
Hoxie Public Housing Agency - 103
Housing Authority of the City of Augusta 100 -
Franklin County Public Housing Agency - 100
Housing Authority of the City of Dumas 96 -
Housing Authority of the City of Alma 92 -
Housing Authority of the City of Waldron 91 -
Pike County Housing Authority 28 62
Housing Authority of the City of Leachville 88 -
Yell County Public Facilities Board - 87
Housing Authority of the City of Manila 86 -
Housing Authority of the City of Dardanelle 84 -
Housing Authority of the City of Rector 77 -
Housing Authority of the City of Heber Springs 70 -
Housing Authority of the City of Earle 68 -
Housing Authority of the City of Marmaduke 66 -
Housing Authority of the City of Batesville 64 -
Housing Authority of the City of Wilson 63 -
Housing Authority of the City of Parkin 59 -
Housing Authority of the City of Luxora 59 -
Housing Authority of the City of McGehee 58 -
Earle Housing Authority - 57
Housing Authority of the City of Paris 56 -
Housing Authority of the City of Melbourne 55 -
Devalls Bluff Housing Authority - 54
Housing Authority of the City of Stephens 52 -
Housing Authority of the City of Salem 50 -
Housing Authority of the City of Caraway 50 -
Housing Authority of the City of Cotton Plant 50 -
Housing Authority of the City of Monette 48 -
Housing Authority of the City of Des Arc 42 -
Housing Authority of the City of Booneville 40 -
Housing Authority of the City of Imboden 40 -
Housing Authority of the City of Hughes 40 -
Housing Authority of the City of Bald Knob 40 -
Housing Authority of the City of Lake City 40 -
Housing Authority of the City of Ozark 40 -
Housing Authority of the City of Beebe 40 -
Housing Authority of the City of McCrory 36 -
Housing Authority of the City of Greenwood 36 -
Housing Authority of the City of Decatur 34 -
Housing Authority of the City of Rison 34 -
Housing Authority of the City of Kensett 34 -
Housing Authority of the City of Gurdon 32 -
Housing Authority of the City of Newark 26 -
Housing Authority of the City of Judsonia 26 -
Housing Authority of the City of Atkins 26 -
Housing Authority of the City of Mount Ida 24 -
Housing Authority of the City of Yellville 24 -
Housing Authority of the City of Amity 23 -
Housing Authority of the City of Mammoth Spring 22 -
Housing Authority of the City of Hoxie 20 -
Housing Authority of the City of Gould 20 -
Housing Authority of the City of Dover 20 -
Housing Authority of the City of Coal Hill 20 -
Housing Authority of the City of Sparkman 18 -
Housing Authority of the City of Hickory Ridge 16 -
Housing Authority of the City of McRae 16 -
Housing Authority of the City of Dell 14 -
Housing Authority of the City of Carthage 14 -
Housing Authority of the City of Cushman - -
Union County Public Housing Agency (AAA) - -
Howard County Public Housing Agency (AAA) - -
City of Magnolia (AAA) - -
Sevier County Public Housing Agency (AAA) - -
Calhoun County Public Housing Agency (AAA) - -
Dallas County Public Housing Agency (AAA) - -
Lafayette County Public Housing Agency (AAA) - -
Greene County Housing Authority - -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Arkansas has a total of 901 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 36,744 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 15,046 in Arkansas. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Arkansas.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view

2,915,918

Population

2.41

Average Household Size

907,769

Total Renters

378,928

Renter Households

$653

Median Rent

$2,772,513,600/year

Gross Rent Paid By All Renters

41,046

Vacant Units For Rent

9.8%

Vacancy Rate

36,744

Federally Assisted Units

901

Federally Assisted Projects

333/15,046

Tax Credit Projects/Units