Rental Housing In Florida

Florida Rental Overview

The population of Florida, according to the 2010 Census, is 18,801,310. The total number of households in the state is 7,420,802. The average household size for Florida is 2.36. The total number of renter households in the state is 2,421,823 which means that 32.64% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Florida is ranked 24th 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 Florida is $971 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Florida ranks 12th 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 Florida is 287,767 representing a vacancy rate of 10.6%. Among all U.S. states, Florida ranks 47th 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, Florida’s rental housing portfolio is performing well below the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 473 40,070
Section 202 238 16,997
Section 811 99 1,355
Section 515 379 16,987
RDRA 331 11,253
LIHTC 922 133,374
Senior 404 28,984
Public Housing 182 9,254
Section 8 Voucher 110 106,045
Total 1,808 201,097
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 Florida there are 110 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Florida is 111.20. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Miami at 19,824 units and the smallest is Wahneta at 7 unit(s). 404 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 28,984 units. Of the 201,097 units, 69,675 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 Florida ranked by federally assisted units

There are 64 counties or county equivalents in Florida. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Miami Dade County at 2,496,435 and the smallest is Lafayette County at 8,870. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Leon County at 45.56% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Sumter County at 10.34%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Florida ranges from a low of 27.8 units per 1,000 renter households in Glades County to a high of 428.5 units per 1,000 renter households in Jackson County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Florida is 125.9 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Florida. 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
Miami Dade County 33,289
Orange County 21,818
Hillsborough County 16,635
Duval County 16,243
Broward County 12,446
Palm Beach County 10,676
Pinellas County 6,386
Collier County 5,230
Polk County 5,173
Volusia County 5,044
Lake County 4,574
Osceola County 4,472
Seminole County 4,397
Lee County 4,317
Brevard County 3,947
Escambia County 3,247
Manatee County 3,104
Alachua County 3,088
Leon County 3,032
Indian River County 2,819
Marion County 2,475
Pasco County 2,123
Sarasota County 1,734
Charlotte County 1,730
Bay County 1,721
Clay County 1,323
Putnam County 1,297
Highlands County 1,178
Hernando County 1,050
Martin County 1,021
Gadsden County 954
Nassau County 952
Jackson County 918
Citrus County 715
Okaloosa County 686
Columbia County 657
Monroe County 617
Levy County 613
DeSoto County 539
Hardee County 533
Hendry County 505
Suwannee County 397
Sumter County 394
Flagler County 382
Santa Rosa County 378
Bradford County 338
Madison County 265
Taylor County 251
Walton County 230
Hamilton County 219
Jefferson County 171
Franklin County 151
Okeechobee County 140
Gulf County 136
Calhoun County 126
Washington County 110
Baker County 102
Holmes County 81
Union County 80
Wakulla County 64
Lafayette County 36
Gilchrist County 36
Dixie County 32
Glades County 28

Affordable Housing by City in Florida ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 295 cities in Florida that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 821,784, Jacksonville has the largest population of these cities. There are 104 Federally assisted housing communities in Jacksonville which are home to about 15,825 families, most of which are lower income families.

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

CityTotal Units
Miami 19,824
Orlando 19,078
Jacksonville 15,825
Tampa 11,571
West Palm Beach 4,336
Naples 3,818
Kissimmee 3,816
Homestead 3,695
Pensacola 3,097
Tallahassee 3,032
Fort Myers 3,019
Sanford 2,854
Gainesville 2,608
Bradenton 2,370
Vero Beach 2,288
Hialeah 2,226
Ocala 2,107
Daytona Beach 2,006
Fort Lauderdale 1,917
Pompano Beach 1,854
Brandon 1,741
Miami Beach 1,686
Opa Locka 1,640
Lakeland 1,622
Clearwater 1,577
Immokalee 1,491
Riverview 1,422
Leesburg 1,393
St. Petersburg 1,326
Belle Glade 1,326
Melbourne 1,320
Fort Pierce 1,207
Winter Haven 1,190
Hollywood 1,128
Panama City 1,041
Saint Petersburg 1,031
Clermont 1,022
Titusville 992
Lauderdale Lakes 972
Sarasota 910
Florida City 878
Riviera Beach 845
Deland 842
Carol City 825
Oviedo 821
Lehigh Acres 817
Port Saint Lucie 816
Lauderhill 814
Haines City 803
Cutler Bay 792
Winter Garden 784
Spring Hill 774
Palatka 771
Delray Beach 740
North Miami 726
Sebring 717
Palm Bay 695
Saint Augustine 686
Davie 683
Deerfield Beach 666
Middleburg 664
North Port 664
Lake City 657
Plant City 651
Boynton Beach 640
Lake Worth 639
Bartow 638
Port Charlotte 607
Apopka 600
Tavares 580
Hallandale Beach 578
Saint Cloud 572
Marianna 563
Punta Gorda 562
Eustis 560
Port Richey 560
Tarpon Springs 544
Arcadia 539
Quincy 536
Stuart 532
Port Orange 508
Orange City 505
Pembroke Pines 497
Largo 477
Mount Dora 461
Ruskin 458
Cocoa 456
Lake Wales 454
St Petersburg 453
Winter Park 451
Miramar 450
Coral Springs 438
Oakland Park 437
Ellenton 433
Fernandina Beach 415
Dade City 404
Holly Hill 386
Windermere 380
Key West 379
Wauchula 373
Live Oak 373
Orange Park 372
Viera 360
Sunrise 360
Ormond Beach 356
Crescent City 354
Lynn Haven 348
Palm Harbor 345
Avon Park 344
Belle Isle 336
Pinellas Park 330
Opa-locka 328
Panama City Beach 320
Crestview 319
Lantana 317
Cape Coral 316
Fort Walton Beach 316
West Palm Bch 315
Fellsmere 311
Labelle 308
St Augustine 306
Casselberry 304
Jacksonville Beach 303
Palmetto 301
Coconut Creek 300
Hudson 295
Williston 293
North Lauderdale 292
Jensen Beach 292
Lake Park 288
Lake Mary 284
Pt Charlotte 284
Lady Lake 283
Brooksville 276
Starke 276
Palm Springs 270
Oldsmar 270
Port St Lucie 264
Silver Springs 260
Milton 256
Zephyrhills 252
Perry 251
Callahan 251
Inverness 246
Crystal River 243
Fairview Shores 240
Tamarac 240
Green Cove Springs 236
Palm Coast 234
Wimauma 234
Madison 233
Miami Gardens 225
Plantation 222
Sebastian 220
Newberry 213
Greenacres 209
Boca Raton 206
Holiday 200
Wesley Chapel 200
Jupiter 198
Indiantown 197
New Smyrna Beach 192
Pembroke Park 180
Temple Terrace 180
Seffner 176
Rotonda West 176
Graceville 174
Pahokee 173
Monticello 171
Clewiston 165
New Port Richey 165
Ponte Vedra 160
Bowling Green 160
Margate 160
Lutz 160
Alachua 159
Marathon 158
Yulee 158
Wildwood 151
Ft Lauderdale 150
Chiefland 148
Havana 148
Okeechobee 140
Jasper 133
Blountstown 126
St. Augustine 125
Chattahoochee 124
Hialeah Gardens 124
Lake Placid 117
Bushnell 114
Palm Beach Gardens 112
Sneads 108
Dania 108
Hernando 107
Bunnell 105
Chipley 102
Macclenny 102
Frostproof 101
Grove City 101
Beverly Hills 100
Defuniak Springs 98
Debary 98
Midway 96
Auburndale 91
Umatilla 88
Baldwin 87
Merritt Island 85
Fruitland Park 84
North Fort Myers 84
St. Cloud 84
Fort Meade 83
Bonifay 81
N Fort Myers 81
Leisure City 80
Hilliard 80
Northport 80
Lake Butler 80
Venice 80
Pace 76
Freeport 76
Century 76
Cantonment 74
Cottondale 73
Belleview 72
Groveland 71
Ocoee 70
Inglis 68
Key Largo 66
Mulberry 65
Webster 65
Perrine 64
Lake Panasoffkee 64
Tequesta 62
Seville 61
Ft. Pierce 61
Trenton 60
Eastpoint 60
Apalachicola 59
Interlachen 58
North Miami Beach 56
De Funiak Springs 56
Lake Shore 54
Niceville 51
Green Cove Spring 51
Gretna 50
Jennings 48
Fernandina 48
Melrose 48
Archer 48
Wewahitchka 47
Land O Lakes 47
Gulf Breeze 46
Hastings 44
Flagler Beach 43
Dover 42
South Daytona Beach 40
Rockledge 39
White Springs 38
Port Saint Joe 38
Homosassa 37
Mayo 36
Cresent City 36
Floral City 36
Dunnellon 36
Polk City 35
Edgewater 35
Crawfordville 34
Keystone Heights 33
La Belle 32
Waldo 32
Greenville 32
Carrabelle 32
Bronson 32
Cross City 32
Fruitland Park Dr. 32
Welaka 30
Lake Alfred 30
Panacea 30
Lawtey 29
Atlantic Beach 28
Hawthorne 28
Moore Haven 28
Fanning Springs 24
Branford 24
Cheifland 24
Coconut Grove 24
Dunedin 19
Coral Gables 17
Deltona 15
Safety Harbor 14
Big Pine Key 14
Longwood 13
Springfield 12
Vernon 8
Wahneta 7

Housing Authorities in Florida 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 110 housing authorities in Florida. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 110 housing authorities, 54.5% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Florida by total housing assistance units managed is Miami Dade Public Housing And Community Dev with 25,765 public housing units under management (9,153 public housing units and 16,612 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Florida 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
Miami Dade Public Housing And Community Dev 9,153 16,612
Tampa Housing Authority 2,969 7,935
Jacksonville Housing Authority 2,795 7,292
Broward County Housing Authority 374 5,936
Hialeah Housing Authority 1,117 4,800
Orlando Housing Authority 1,496 3,853
West Palm Beach Housing Authority 627 3,209
Housing Authority of the City of St. Petersburg 333 3,501
Pinellas County Housing Authority 579 3,145
Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach 200 3,233
Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale 417 2,891
Palm Beach County Housing Authority 492 2,595
Housing Authority of the Ctiy of Fort Myers 919 2,039
Tallahassee Housing Authority 535 2,204
Housing Authority of Brevard County 591 2,052
City of Pensacola Housing Office - 2,398
Gainesville Housing Authority 628 1,549
Housing Authority of City of Daytona Beach 751 1,254
Sarasota Housing Authority 463 1,464
Housing Authority of the City of Lakeland 319 1,525
Pasco County Housing Authority 206 1,474
Housing Authority of the City of Fort Pierce 820 834
Housing Authority of the City of Homestead - 1,618
Clearwater Housing Authority 202 1,340
Ocala Housing Authority 186 1,314
Manatee County Housing Authority 77 1,276
Northwest Florida Regional Housing Authority 370 909
Orange County Housing & Community Development - 1,180
Delray Beach Housing Authority 5 1,111
Housing Authority of Pompano Beach - 1,096
Alachua County Housing Authority 275 742
Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority 173 757
Panama City Housing Authority 450 468
Hollywood Housing Authority 120 761
Titusville Housing Authority 254 612
Housing Authority of Key West 588 254
DeLand Housing Authority 90 749
Palatka Housing Authority 419 340
HA Boca Raton 95 621
Housing Authority of the City of Deerfield Beach 196 482
Area Housing Commission 603 -
Pahokee Housing Authority 474 76
Dania Beach Housing Authority 39 499
Housing Authority of Springfield 40 446
Crestview Housing Authority 273 212
Lake County Housing Agency - 485
The Housing Authority of the City of Sanford 477 -
Housing Authority of the City of Cocoa 325 149
Collier County Housing Authority - 466
Punta Gorda Housing Authority 115 341
Housing Authority of the City of Bradenton 247 199
Milton Housing Authority 88 342
HA Lee County 142 271
Hernando County Housing Authority - 390
Winter Haven Housing Authority 179 211
Plant City Housing Authority 200 187
Housing Authority of New Smyrna Beach 126 253
Walton County Housing Authority - 374
Seminole County Housing Authority 30 334
Indian River Co Bd of Co Comm - 345
Lake Wales Housing Authority 172 172
County of Volusia Dept. of Community Services - 322
Housing Authority of the County of Flagler 131 184
Miami Hsg Conservation - 305
North Central Florida Housing Authority 124 142
Ormond Beach Housing Authority 41 219
Wakulla County Housing - 250
Monroe County Housing Authority 50 200
Citrus County Housing Services - 233
Tarpon Springs Housing Authority 223 -
Osceola County Housing Agency - 202
Housing Authority of the City of Marianna 79 117
Holmes County Housing Authority - 194
Boley Center for Behavioral Healthcare - 181
Housing Authority of the City of Winter Park 171 -
Washington County Board of Commissioners - 155
Melbourne Housing Authority 149 -
Green Cove Springs Public Housing Agency - 148
Baker County Housing Assistance Program - 147
Housing Authority of the City of Stuart 70 77
Housing Authority of Bartow 82 55
Arcadia Housing Authority 130 -
Jefferson County Board of County Commissioner - 129
Housing Authority of Avon Park 129 -
Brooksville Housing Authority 124 -
Union County Housing Authority 122 -
Housing Authority of City of Fernandina Beach 57 62
Niceville Housing Authority 111 -
Polk County Housing Agency - 110
Housing Authority of the City of Live Oak 104 -
Chipley Housing Authority 88 -
Columbia County Housing Authority 80 -
Macclenny Housing Authority 79 -
Housing Partnership Inc. - 75
Housing Authority of the City of Eustis 60 -
Housing Authority of the City of Apalachicola 54 -
Defuniak Springs Housing Authority 50 -
Carrfour Supportive Housing, Inc. - 50
Hendry County Housing Authority - 43
Housing Authority of the City of Mulberry 26 -
Suwannee County Housing Authority 20 -
Dunedin Housing Authority 15 -
Gilchrist County Housing Authority 10 -
Sumter County Housing Department - -
Venice Housing Authority - -
Riviera Beach Housing Authority - -
Hillsborough County-Bocc - -
City of Bradenton - -
Haines City Housing Assistance - -
Sarasota Board of CC - -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Florida has a total of 1,808 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 201,097 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 133,374 in Florida. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Florida.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view