Rental Housing In California

California Rental Overview

The population of California, according to the 2010 Census, is 37,253,956. The total number of households in the state is 12,577,498. The average household size for California is 2.63. The total number of renter households in the state is 5,542,127 which means that 44.06% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, California is ranked 3rd 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 California is $1,205 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, California ranks 3rd 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 California is 302,985 representing a vacancy rate of 5.2%. Among all U.S. states, California ranks 5th 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, California’s rental housing portfolio is performing well above the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 1,339 98,295
Section 202 490 29,531
Section 811 190 2,756
Section 515 480 24,998
RDRA 418 16,466
LIHTC 2,891 227,159
Senior 1,162 87,167
Public Housing 214 10,066
Section 8 Voucher 113 320,669
Total 4,754 372,136
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 California there are 113 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in California is 78.30. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Los Angeles at 42,335 units and the smallest is Pinedale at 2 unit(s). 1,162 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 87,167 units. Of the 372,136 units, 31,600 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 California ranked by federally assisted units

There are 57 counties or county equivalents in California. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Los Angeles County at 9,818,605 and the smallest is Sierra County at 3,240. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is San Francisco County at 64.24% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Calaveras County at 23.12%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in California ranges from a low of 4.1 units per 1,000 renter households in Inyo County to a high of 353.8 units per 1,000 renter households in Plumas County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in California is 136.5 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in California. 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
Los Angeles County 91,463
San Diego County 28,637
Santa Clara County 25,155
Sacramento County 21,902
Alameda County 19,716
San Francisco County 17,870
Orange County 17,547
Riverside County 17,234
Fresno County 12,706
Contra Costa County 11,639
San Bernardino County 10,727
Kern County 9,114
Sonoma County 6,920
Ventura County 5,293
Tulare County 5,229
Solano County 4,698
San Joaquin County 4,695
Imperial County 4,483
Placer County 4,326
Monterey County 3,991
Yolo County 3,924
San Mateo County 3,756
Stanislaus County 3,647
Santa Cruz County 3,120
Santa Barbara County 2,804
Merced County 2,593
Marin County 2,404
Kings County 2,352
Butte County 2,153
Shasta County 1,941
El Dorado County 1,914
Napa County 1,791
Madera County 1,789
San Luis Obispo County 1,741
Nevada County 1,379
Yuba County 1,358
Humboldt County 1,143
Mendocino County 1,067
Tehama County 984
Lake County 936
Siskiyou County 871
Tuolumne County 745
Sutter County 639
Glenn County 521
Colusa County 497
Lassen County 442
San Benito County 434
Del Norte County 359
Amador County 358
Plumas County 338
Calaveras County 250
Modoc County 166
Mariposa County 142
Trinity County 110
Mono County 80
Sierra County 50
Inyo County 12

Affordable Housing by City in California ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 577 cities in California that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 37,253,956, Highland Park has the largest population of these cities. There are 1 Federally assisted housing communities in Highland Park which are home to about 38 families, most of which are lower income families.

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

CityTotal Units
Los Angeles 42,335
San Francisco 17,782
San Jose 17,355
Sacramento 15,756
San Diego 14,517
Oakland 10,034
Fresno 6,576
Long Beach 4,610
Bakersfield 4,466
Santa Rosa 3,613
Stockton 3,450
Anaheim 2,724
Irvine 2,701
Pasadena 2,667
San Bernardino 2,621
Richmond 2,518
Riverside 2,328
Salinas 2,286
Lancaster 2,237
Santa Ana 2,136
Modesto 2,002
Indio 1,976
Vallejo 1,933
Hayward 1,932
Oxnard 1,870
Elk Grove 1,858
Roseville 1,798
Chula Vista 1,774
Fremont 1,746
Coachella 1,662
Palmdale 1,601
San Marcos 1,570
North Hollywood 1,557
National City 1,551
Santa Cruz 1,545
Santa Monica 1,501
Concord 1,433
Palo Alto 1,360
Napa 1,352
Pittsburg 1,348
Merced 1,348
Sunnyvale 1,338
Fairfield 1,321
Carlsbad 1,310
Madera 1,295
Berkeley 1,293
San Ysidro 1,288
Brawley 1,283
West Sacramento 1,269
Escondido 1,258
Compton 1,245
Van Nuys 1,189
Antioch 1,169
Chico 1,161
Oceanside 1,142
Mountain View 1,123
Calexico 1,113
Corona 1,110
Davis 1,104
Rocklin 1,087
Garden Grove 1,083
Woodland 1,071
Simi Valley 1,056
Porterville 1,055
Panorama City 1,048
Reseda 1,036
Orange 1,030
Cathedral City 1,021
El Cajon 1,021
Victorville 1,000
Pomona 993
Redding 983
Santa Maria 962
Petaluma 959
Palm Springs 958
Pacoima 956
San Leandro 955
Blythe 952
West Covina 951
Antelope 946
Rancho Cucamonga 944
Canoga Park 940
Grass Valley 938
Clovis 916
Santa Barbara 913
Visalia 905
North Hills 903
Wasco 899
Watsonville 887
Fullerton 883
Marysville 878
Fontana 854
Burbank 826
Campbell 797
El Monte 791
Gilroy 785
Glendale 785
Delano 780
Dublin 771
Sun Valley 764
Rialto 757
Huntington Beach 750
Rohnert Park 749
Stanton 746
Livermore 738
Hesperia 736
Arvin 733
Inglewood 732
Moreno Valley 730
Citrus Heights 720
Sylmar 712
Northridge 706
San Rafael 706
Santa Clara 704
La Quinta 703
Auburn 698
Oroville 689
Anderson 680
Hanford 679
Tracy 679
Milpitas 678
El Centro 672
Orange Cove 668
Parlier 660
Pleasanton 658
San Pablo 656
Tustin 654
Brentwood 653
Mendota 653
Placerville 650
Ukiah 649
Corcoran 648
Lincoln 642
Red Bluff 641
Novato 635
Sherman Oaks 630
Lemoore 629
Buena Park 616
Beaumont 610
San Pedro 606
Shafter 605
Clearlake 601
Santa Clarita 594
Redwood City 593
Marina Del Rey 583
Turlock 582
Santee 581
Desert Hot Springs 575
La Puente 574
San Ramon 574
Ontario 574
Dixon 570
Oakley 566
Emeryville 562
Los Banos 561
Baldwin Park 555
Lompoc 554
West Hollywood 553
Morgan Hill 547
Vacaville 544
Tulare 541
Huron 539
Norwalk 538
Walnut Creek 530
Soledad 529
Claremont 525
Whittier 523
Selma 522
Yuba City 520
Folsom 518
Wilmington 514
North Highlands 511
Camarillo 508
San Luis Obispo 501
Monterey Park 501
Bellflower 500
Ventura 495
Mecca 487
Rowland Heights 482
Perris 481
Spring Valley 480
Dinuba 478
Rancho Cordova 477
Chino 476
East Palo Alto 472
Union City 471
Santa Paula 467
Poway 464
Murrieta 460
La Mirada 457
South Lake Tahoe 452
Carson 441
Torrance 441
Hollister 434
Carmichael 433
Lindsay 432
Duarte 418
Westminster 408
Cameron Park 408
Bay Point 406
La Mesa 406
Truckee 399
Sonora 397
Paso Robles 394
Thousand Oaks 389
Covina 384
Susanville 384
Chowchilla 383
Harbor City 380
San Clemente 380
Woodlake 379
Hemet 378
Freedom 376
Barstow 376
San Jacinto 373
San Mateo 372
Redondo Beach 370
Venice 369
Upland 367
Granada Hills 364
Avenal 363
Orosi 363
Crescent City 359
Orland 359
Montebello 359
Azusa 358
Lamont 356
Eureka 350
Alhambra 346
Yreka 346
Huntington Park 345
Yorba Linda 345
Arcata 334
Temecula 332
Banning 331
Kerman 330
Seaside 325
Windsor 323
Healdsburg 321
Lake Elsinore 315
South San Francisco 315
Gardena 311
Mill Valley 309
Corning 308
Woodland Hills 306
Paramount 306
La Palma 304
Ceres 302
Galt 300
San Bruno 300
Fair Oaks 299
Coalinga 299
Mission Viejo 298
Kingsburg 291
Farmersville 288
Lemon Grove 286
Arleta 284
Daly City 280
Colusa 277
Pico Rivera 276
Highland 275
Commerce 274
Jackson 270
Ridgecrest 269
Sebastopol 267
Hawaiian Gardens 264
Hollywood 263
Colton 259
Montclair 259
Imperial 256
Lakeside 256
Pacifica 256
Gridley 255
Calipatria 253
La Verne 252
Half Moon Bay 252
Cudahy 250
San Joaquin 248
Cypress 245
Hercules 244
Brea 243
Manteca 242
Heber 241
La Habra 240
Needles 239
Sun City 236
San Juan Capistrano 234
Planada 233
Rosamond 233
Pinole 233
Monrovia 233
Sausalito 231
Arroyo Grande 231
Tehachapi 230
Fort Bragg 228
Fountain Valley 227
Fallbrook 227
Suisun City 227
El Cerrito 227
Hacienda Heights 226
Sonoma 225
Santa Fe Springs 221
Foster City 219
Culver City 216
Colma 213
Nipomo 212
Lodi 209
Firebaugh 208
Weed 207
Avalon 206
Holtville 203
Aptos 202
Foothill Ranch 200
Newark 200
Rubidoux 200
Redlands 198
Twentynine Palms 196
Winters 195
Pleasant Hill 195
Cloverdale 193
Adelanto 192
Glendora 192
Moorpark 190
Fortuna 190
Belmont 188
Valley Village 188
Jamestown 187
So San Francisco 181
El Dorado Hills 180
Sanger 178
Patterson 178
Reedley 177
Wildomar 176
South Gate 176
Mojave 175
Signal Hill 175
Exeter 171
Los Gatos 171
Fillmore 171
Ramona 170
Saratoga 170
Linda 168
Riverdale 168
Norco 166
Lakewood 166
King City 164
Willits 164
Bermuda Dunes 163
Oakdale 163
Palm Desert 163
Atascadero 158
Dhs 156
Olivehurst 156
Wheatland 156
Laguna Niguel 156
Arcadia 155
Mckinleyville 152
Bell 152
Beverly Hills 151
Castaic 150
Orinda Village 150
Willows 150
Cotati 149
Hawthorne 149
Waterford 148
Bell Gardens 146
American Canyon 145
Santa Fe Spgs 144
Lafayette 142
Diamond Springs 141
Newman 140
Greenfield 139
Niland 136
Livingston 135
Riverbank 132
Alameda 131
Tujunga 131
Vista 130
Saint Helena 130
Mount Shasta 129
Fowler 128
Aliso Viejo 128
Quincy 128
Cupertino 127
Midway City 127
Mariposa 126
Castro Valley 125
Alturas 124
Laguna Beach 123
Arbuckle 122
Grand Terrace 120
Newport Beach 120
Live Oak 119
Earlimart 119
San Francisco 119
Tiburon 118
Portola 116
El Sobrante 116
Imperial Beach 115
San Dimas 115
Placentia 113
Costa Mesa 111
Oakhurst 111
Monterey 110
Maywood 109
Kelseyville 109
Lakeport 108
West Sacremento 108
Martinez 107
Suisun 106
San Andreas 106
Clayton 106
Corona Del Mar 100
Westmorland 100
Westmoreland 100
Menlo Park 99
Delhi 99
Shasta Lake 98
Morro Bay 98
Mc Farland 98
Williams 98
Rancho Mirage 98
Mcfarland 97
Ivanhoe 96
Del Rey 96
Pixley 95
Downey 95
Yucca Valley 93
Port Hueneme 91
Petalumn 90
Weaverville 90
Cathedral Cty 90
Castroville 90
W Hollywood 89
Madison 88
Carmel Valley 88
Goleta 87
Seeley 86
Marin City 86
Richgrove 84
San Lorenzo 84
Encinitas 84
Mcclellan 84
Shingle Springs 83
Joshua Tree 83
Tuolumne 82
Sunland 82
Westwood 82
Fairfax 82
Templeton 82
Antiach 82
Burney 82
Mammoth Lakes 80
Rio Vista 80
Orcutt 80
Larkspur 80
Gonzales 80
Guadalupe 80
Corte Madera 79
Lomita 78
Studio City 77
Winnetka 77
Valencia 76
Quartz Hill 75
Gustine 74
Danville 74
Calistoga 72
Dos Palos 72
Los Alamitos 71
Arnold 70
Chester 70
East Rancho Dominguez 70
Hement 68
Colfax 67
Twentynine Palm 65
Pajaro 62
Cutler 61
Taft 60
Central Valley 60
Lake View Terrace 60
Lawndale 56
Benicia 56
Isla Vista 56
Mccloud 56
Trona 56
Rosemead 53
Point Reyes Station 52
Laguna Hills 51
Yucaipa 51
Ripley 50
Poplar 50
Angels Camp 50
Loyalton 50
Rodeo 50
Rio Dell 49
Pacific Grove 49
Paradise 48
Altadena 47
Scotts Valley 46
Coronado 46
Sierra Madre 45
Ione 44
Sutter Creek 44
Loma Linda 44
Strathmore 42
Sepulveda 42
Penn Valley 42
Ripon 42
Escalon 42
Newell 42
Lost Hills 41
Greefield 41
Holtville, 40
Columbia 40
Lake Isabella 40
Groveland 39
Soquel 39
Highland Park 38
Fall River Mills 38
Middletown 36
Sultana 36
Yountville 36
Crockett 36
Atwater 36
Le Grand 35
Apple Valley 35
Los Molinos 35
Piru 35
Tipton 34
Foresthill 34
Rancho Palos Verdes 34
Carpinteria 34
Armona 33
California City 32
Lucerne 31
Sea Ranch 31
Thornton 31
West Hills 30
Thousand Palms 29
Avila Beach 29
Upper Lake 28
Montague 28
Marina 28
Point Arena 26
Knights Landing 25
Capitola 25
Cambria 24
Rio Dell 24
Murphys 24
Willow Creek 24
Clearlake Oaks 23
Lennox 21
Ojai 21
Hayfork 20
Garberville 20
Tulelake 19
Midpines 16
San Carlos 16
Albany 16
Venica 14
San Anselmo 14
San Gabriel 14
Los Alamos 14
Chatsworth 12
Buellton 12
Tiburan 12
Carpenteria 12
Hamilton City 12
Oceano 12
Pacheco 12
Bishop 12
West Pittsburg 12
Bloomington 11
Havasu Lake 10
La Jolla 8
Newhall 6
Pinedale 2

Housing Authorities in California 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 113 housing authorities in California. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 113 housing authorities, 44.2% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in California by total housing assistance units managed is Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles with 54,758 public housing units under management (6,897 public housing units and 47,861 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in California 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 Los Angeles 6,897 47,861
Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles 2,944 23,121
Oakland Housing Authority 1,599 13,259
San Diego Housing Commission 76 14,715
Housing Authority of the City & County of Sf 6,053 8,652
County of Sacramento Housing Authority 1,041 11,765
Housing Authority of the County of San Diego 121 11,339
Housing Authority of the County Santa Clara 20 10,959
Orange County Housing Authority - 10,367
Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino 1,288 8,954
Housing Authority of the County of Riverside 473 8,945
Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa 1,162 6,783
Fresno Housing Authority 783 6,966
Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach - 6,636
Fresno County Housing Authority 965 5,604
Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara - 6,478
City of Anaheim Housing Authority - 6,358
Housing Authority of the County of Alameda 72 6,220
County of San Joaquin Housing Auth. 1,071 4,956
County of Stanislaus Housing Auth 647 4,665
Housing Authority County of Monterey 485 4,354
Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo 180 4,417
Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz 234 4,333
Housing Authority of the County of Kern 930 3,585
Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara 524 3,670
Tulare County Housing Authority 710 2,876
County of Merced Housing Authority 415 2,730
Housing Authority of the County of Ventura 351 2,532
County of Sonoma - 2,772
Housing Authority of the City of Santa Ana - 2,658
Marin Housing 491 2,145
Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara 491 2,080
City of Richmond Housing Authority 714 1,750
Housing Authority of the City of Oxnard 778 1,684
County of Butte Hsg Auth 345 2,102
Housing Authority of the City of Garden Grove - 2,337
Housing Authority of the City of Vallejo - 2,292
Housing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo 168 2,080
Imperial Valley Housing Authority 511 1,726
Yolo County Housing 431 1,727
Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura 716 1,361
City of Berkeley Housing Authority 61 1,866
City of Sacramento Housing Authority 1,839 11
City of Alameda Housing Authority - 1,845
City of Santa Rosa - 1,669
Housing Authority of the City of Glendale - 1,592
Housing Authority of the City of Redding - 1,568
Housing Authority of the City of Pasadena - 1,442
Housing Authority of the City of Napa - 1,375
City of Oceanside Community Development Comm - 1,361
Regional Hsg Authority of Sutter & Nevada Co. 179 1,160
County of Humboldt Hsg Auth - 1,272
Vacaville Housing Authority - 1,193
Mendocino County - 1,149
National City Housing, Grants & Asset Managment - 1,123
City of Pittsburg Hsg Auth - 1,108
Housing Authority of the City of Santa Monica - 1,092
The Housing Authority of the City of Madera 244 791
Housing Authority of the City of Burbank - 1,014
Housing Authority of the City of Inglewood - 1,002
Kings County Housing Auth 268 688
County of Shasta Hsg Auth - 912
Housing Authority of the City of Baldwin Park 12 884
Housing Authority of the City of Pomona - 894
City of Fairfield - 851
The Housing Authority of the City of Livermore 125 719
City of Compton Housing Authority - 803
County of Plumas Housing Authority 96 632
Housing Authority of the City of Upland 98 624
Hawthorne Housing - 711
Housing Authority of the City of Norwalk - 705
Carlsbad Housing & Neighborhood Services - 703
Housing Authority of the City of Torrance - 690
Housing Authority of the City of South Gate - 654
City of Roseville - 637
Housing Authority of the City of Redondo Beach - 593
Crescent City Hsg Auth - 590
Housing Authority of the City of Santa Paula - 577
Pico Rivera Housing Assistance Agency - 517
Housing Authority of the City of Calexico 268 244
Yuba County Housing Authority - 449
City of Benicia Hsg Auth 75 372
Housing Authority of Culver City - 384
Comm Service Dept El Dorado County - 374
Housing Authority of the City of Port Hueneme 90 279
City of Hollister - 344
Suisun City Housing Authority - 318
Placer County Housing Authority - 311
County of Solano Hsg Auth - 251
Lake County Housing Commission - 224
City of Eureka Hsg Auth 196 -
Housing Authority of the City of Encinitas - 136
Housing Authority of the City of Hawaiian Gardens - 132
Housing Authority of the City of Riverbank 90 -
City of South San Francisco Housing Authority 80 -
Housing Authority of the City of Lomita 78 -
Housing Authority of the City of Needles 52 20
Housing Authority of the City of Pleasanton 50 -
City of Wasco Housing Authority 25 -
Housing Authority of the City of Paso Robles - -
Housing Authority of the City of Lakewood - -
Housing Authority of the City of Paramount - -
Housing Authority of the City of Lawndale - -
Housing Authority of the City of West Hollywood - -
Housing Authority of the City of Santa Fe Springs - -
California Dept of Hsg And Comm Dev - -
Housing Authority of the City of Soledad - -
Mariposa County Housing Authority - -
Dublin Housing Authority - -
Nevada County Housing Authority - -
Lassen County - -
County of Tehama - -
California Dept of Hsg And Comm Dev - -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, California has a total of 4,754 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 372,136 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 227,159 in California. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in California.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view