Rental Housing In Georgia

Georgia Rental Overview

The population of Georgia, according to the 2010 Census, is 9,687,653. The total number of households in the state is 3,585,584. The average household size for Georgia is 2.52. The total number of renter households in the state is 1,231,182 which means that 34.34% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Georgia is ranked 15th 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 Georgia is $849 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Georgia ranks 22nd 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 Georgia is 148,574 representing a vacancy rate of 10.8%. Among all U.S. states, Georgia ranks 49th 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, Georgia’s rental housing portfolio is performing well below the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 320 26,855
Section 202 129 6,172
Section 811 83 816
Section 515 361 12,913
RDRA 275 6,528
LIHTC 839 81,375
Senior 240 12,387
Public Housing 251 15,649
Section 8 Voucher 188 62,086
Total 1,504 124,780
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 Georgia there are 188 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Georgia is 83.00. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Atlanta at 31,275 units and the smallest is Powder Springs at 4 unit(s). 240 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 12,387 units. Of the 124,780 units, 40,023 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 Georgia ranked by federally assisted units

There are 151 counties or county equivalents in Georgia. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Fulton County at 920,581 and the smallest is Taliaferro County at 1,717. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Clarke County at 57.8% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Harris County at 14.18%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Georgia ranges from a low of 7.2 units per 1,000 renter households in Dawson County to a high of 405.5 units per 1,000 renter households in Fulton County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Georgia is 103.2 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Georgia. 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
Fulton County 32,729
DeKalb County 11,647
Gwinnett County 5,973
Cobb County 5,945
Clayton County 4,453
Muscogee County 3,837
Chatham County 3,720
Bibb County 2,982
Richmond County 2,964
Cherokee County 2,208
Hall County 1,674
Clarke County 1,670
Dougherty County 1,554
Newton County 1,350
Coweta County 1,283
Lowndes County 1,279
Camden County 1,086
Houston County 1,079
Colquitt County 1,033
Carroll County 949
Floyd County 935
Spalding County 908
Bulloch County 894
Liberty County 842
Sumter County 759
Tift County 740
Peach County 707
Troup County 695
Douglas County 693
Walton County 668
Walker County 655
Henry County 647
Bartow County 644
Catoosa County 624
Columbia County 618
Glynn County 617
Thomas County 599
Gordon County 594
Toombs County 586
Decatur County 577
Paulding County 569
Whitfield County 558
Crisp County 538
Upson County 522
Burke County 511
Ware County 469
Chattooga County 452
Baldwin County 425
Ben Hill County 409
Polk County 400
Rockdale County 396
Elbert County 390
Monroe County 389
Laurens County 384
McDuffie County 379
Coffee County 359
Meriwether County 357
Emanuel County 349
Pickens County 342
Grady County 332
Jackson County 331
Wayne County 327
Bryan County 327
Fayette County 313
Jefferson County 300
Mitchell County 297
Irwin County 295
Macon County 276
Washington County 272
Lamar County 258
Dodge County 251
Fannin County 242
Murray County 239
Stephens County 220
Turner County 212
Pierce County 210
Union County 208
Forsyth County 204
Worth County 201
Butts County 200
Barrow County 194
Candler County 193
Effingham County 193
Randolph County 189
Greene County 184
Telfair County 177
Towns County 172
Franklin County 169
White County 168
Atkinson County 161
Marion County 159
Gilmer County 159
Jenkins County 152
Hart County 151
Jones County 148
Dooly County 143
Calhoun County 130
Early County 130
McIntosh County 129
Habersham County 127
Jeff Davis County 124
Charlton County 121
Terrell County 120
Hancock County 117
Johnson County 116
Wilkes County 116
Montgomery County 114
Lanier County 113
Pulaski County 113
Taylor County 110
Clinch County 109
Tattnall County 103
Pike County 102
Rabun County 100
Brooks County 98
Wilcox County 96
Clay County 96
Dade County 96
Wilkinson County 94
Haralson County 92
Oglethorpe County 89
Evans County 88
Berrien County 87
Stewart County 86
Lumpkin County 85
Warren County 84
Heard County 83
Appling County 78
Screven County 74
Seminole County 72
Bleckley County 72
Crawford County 64
Putnam County 60
Harris County 48
Morgan County 48
Cook County 45
Lee County 43
Long County 40
Miller County 37
Bacon County 36
Treutlen County 36
Jasper County 34
Twiggs County 32
Schley County 30
Wheeler County 28
Webster County 24
Lincoln County 24
Talbot County 24
Taliaferro County 19
Glascock County 18
Dawson County 12

Affordable Housing by City in Georgia ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 268 cities in Georgia that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 9,687,653, Preston has the largest population of these cities. There are 1 Federally assisted housing communities in Preston 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 Georgia. 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 Georgia.

CityTotal Units
Atlanta 31,275
Decatur 4,638
Columbus 3,792
Savannah 3,513
Macon 2,982
Augusta 2,868
Duluth 2,523
Marietta 2,444
East Point 2,051
Lawrenceville 1,764
Athens 1,670
Gainesville 1,602
Albany 1,554
Forest Park 1,467
Clarkston 1,427
Austell 1,381
Canton 1,358
Jonesboro 1,333
Newnan 1,283
Union City 1,192
Covington 1,094
Valdosta 1,075
Moultrie 1,019
Stone Mountain 953
Doraville 920
Kennesaw 918
Griffin 908
Rome 879
Statesboro 878
Carrollton 861
College Park 860
Hinesville 842
Warner Robins 786
Americus 759
Woodstock 754
Douglasville 706
Tifton 703
Conyers 652
Fort Valley 632
Lagrange 623
Brunswick 617
Calhoun 594
Acworth 587
Bainbridge 577
Thomasville 575
Dalton 558
Saint Marys 556
Dallas 556
Riverdale 555
Cartersville 552
Lithonia 549
Roswell 541
Cordele 538
Smyrna 524
Thomaston 522
Mcdonough 519
Waycross 469
Fitzgerald 469
Waynesboro 463
Buford 463
Fort Oglethorpe 444
Monroe 436
Mableton 431
Milledgeville 395
Norcross 392
Forsyth 389
Thomson 379
Dublin 360
Elberton 348
Douglas 343
Jasper 342
Kingsland 336
Summerville 336
Vidalia 335
Cairo 332
Jesup 327
Morrow 316
Swainsboro 313
Peachtree City 313
Stockbridge 308
Ocilla 295
Perry 293
Barnesville 282
Sandersville 272
Commerce 269
Richmond Hill 261
Lyons 251
Blue Ridge 242
Baldwin 240
Chatsworth 239
Eastman 227
Harlem 227
Toccoa 220
Cedartown 218
Ashburn 212
Blackshear 210
Rossville 210
Blairsville 208
Loganville 208
Camilla 208
Cumming 204
Manchester 203
Sylvester 201
Tucker 200
Jackson 200
Martinez 199
Alpharetta 199
Washington 196
Metter 193
Evans 192
Lake Park 188
Ringgold 180
Lafayette 180
Winder 176
Cleveland 168
La Fayette 165
Lilburn 165
East Point, 160
Dawson 160
Rockmart 158
Millen 152
Hartwell 151
Palmetto 150
Scottdale 150
Gray 148
Sparta 147
Greensboro 146
Vienna 143
Rincon 140
Wadley 139
Buena Vista 137
Cuthbert 136
Greenville 132
Fairburn 132
Blakely 130
Darien 129
Hazlehurst 124
Pearson 121
Folkston 121
Trion 116
Snelville 115
Ellijay 114
Lakeland 113
Hawkinsville 113
Hiawassee 112
Homerville 109
Wrens 104
Cornelia 99
Quitman 98
Royston 97
Wrightsville 96
Montezuma 96
Hephzibah 96
Fort Gaines 96
Trenton 96
Gordon 94
Garden City 94
Adairsville 92
Mount Vernon 89
Claxton 88
Nashville 87
Richland 86
Dahlonega 85
Oglethorpe 84
Warrenton 84
Franklin 83
Butler 82
Lumber City 80
Baxley 78
Byron 75
Sylvania 74
Crawford 73
Reidsville 73
Pelham 73
Cochran 72
Mcrae 72
Abbeville 72
Lavonia 72
St. Marys 70
Pembroke 66
Edison 66
Chamblee 65
Pooler 65
St Marys 65
Arlington 64
Mountain City 64
Roberta 64
Snellville 63
Young Harris 60
Marshallville 60
Raoul 60
Eatonton 60
Woodbine 59
Louisville 57
Cave Spring 56
Zebulon 54
Shellman 53
Springfield 53
Villa Rica 52
Madison 48
Bremen 48
Williamson 48
Hamilton 48
Bloomingdale 48
Columbus City 45
East Ellijay 45
Jefferson 44
Warm Springs 44
Leesburg 43
Bowman 42
Ludowici 40
Adrian 40
Chickamauga 40
Willacoochee 40
Union Point 38
Colquitt 37
Omega 37
Ellenwood 36
Soperton 36
Bowdon 36
Alma 36
Clayton 36
Ideal 36
Flowery Branch 36
Monticello 34
Donalsonville 32
Jeffersonville 32
Glennville 30
Ellaville 30
Adel 29
Demorest 28
Alamo 28
La Grange 28
Reynolds 28
Helena 25
Mt. Vernon 25
Social Circle 24
Chester 24
Aragon 24
East Dublin 24
Rochelle 24
Boston 24
Talbotton 24
Preston 24
Waynesboro, 24
Buchanan 24
Lincolnton 24
Sardis 24
West Point 22
Hogansville 22
Tallapoosa 20
Crawfordville 19
Maysville 18
Statham 18
Gibson 18
Lexington 16
Baconton 16
Brooklet 16
Hahira 16
Lenox 16
Broxton 16
Twin City 16
Doerun 14
Lula 12
Dawsonville 12
Suwanee 12
Powder Springs 4
Suger Hill -

Housing Authorities in Georgia 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 188 housing authorities in Georgia. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 188 housing authorities, 10.1% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Georgia by total housing assistance units managed is Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta Georgia with 24,003 public housing units under management (4,544 public housing units and 19,459 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Georgia 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 Atlanta Georgia 4,544 19,459
Georgia Department of Community Affairs - 16,657
Housing Authority of the City of Augusta 2,231 3,871
Housing Authority of the City of Macon 2,230 2,954
Housing Authority of the County of Dekalb, GA 266 4,333
Housing Authority of Savannah 1,594 2,967
Housing Authority of the City of Columbus 1,692 2,333
Marietta Housing Authority 270 1,977
Housing Authority of the City of Jonesboro 30 1,840
Northwest GA Housing Authority 1,015 620
Housing Authority of the City of Brunswick 589 750
Housing Authority of the City of Athens 1,247 -
Housing Authority of the City of Americus 479 716
Housing Authority of the City of Albany 1,117 62
Housing Authority of the City of Decatur 314 793
Housing Authority of Fulton County 231 849
East Point Housing Authority 380 455
Northeast Georgia Housing Authority 699 -
Housing Authority of the City of College Park 262 408
City of Marietta - 654
Housing Authority of the City of Dublin 545 -
Housing Authority of the City of Valdosta 536 -
Housing Authority of the City of Newnan 432 85
Housing Authority of the City of Gainesville 495 -
Housing Authority of the City of Camilla 442 -
Housing Authority of the City of Cordele 439 -
Housing Authority of the City of Warner Robins 426 -
Housing Authority of the City of Lagrange 420 -
Housing Authority of the City of Carrollton 235 163
Housing Authority of the City of Waynesboro 387 -
Housing Authority of the City of Tifton 383 -
Housing Authority of the City of Monroe 382 -
Housing Authority of the City of Douglas 381 -
Etowah Area Consolidated 357 -
Housing Authority of the City of Waycross 355 -
Flint Area Consolidated 347 -
Housing Authority of the City of Moultrie 328 -
Housing Authority of the City of Winder 322 -
Housing Authority of the City of Milledgeville 319 -
Housing Authority of the City of Alma 306 -
Housing Authority of the City of Cedartown 304 -
Housing Authority of the City of Lafayette 300 -
Housing Authority of the City of Conyers 289 -
Housing Authority of the City of Thomaston 288 -
Housing Authority of the City of Bainbridge 284 -
Housing Authority of the City of Covington 280 -
Housing Authority of the City of Sylvester 260 -
Housing Authority of the City of Thomasville 254 -
Housing Authority of the City of Calhoun 249 -
Housing Authority of the City of Griffin 247 -
Housing Authority of the City of Swainsboro 244 -
Housing Authority of the City of West Point 223 -
Housing Authority of the City of Summerville 222 -
Housing Authority of the City of Fitzgerald 221 -
Housing Authority of the City of Eastman 219 -
Housing Authority of the City of Jesup 213 -
Housing Authority of the City of Lawrenceville 212 -
Housing Authority of the City of Tallapoosa 211 -
Housing Authority of the City of Pelham 210 -
Housing Authority of the City of Claxton 203 -
Housing Authority of the City of Quitman 202 -
Housing Authority of the City of Thomson 200 -
Housing Authority of the City of Buford 186 -
Housing Authority of the City of Elberton 185 -
Housing Authority of the City of Cairo 185 -
Housing Authority of the City of Royston 184 -
Housing Authority of the City of Lavonia 180 -
Housing Authority of the City of Hartwell 174 -
Housing Authority of the City of Reidsville 174 -
Housing Authority of the City of Lithonia 75 96
Housing Authority of the City of Ashburn 168 -
Housing Authority of the City of Ocilla 165 -
Southeast Georgia Consolidated Housing Author 163 -
Housing Authority of the City of Nashville 159 -
Housing Authority of the City of Blakely 159 -
Housing Authority of the City of Baxley 158 -
Housing Authority of the City of Dallas 156 -
Housing Authority of the City of Unadilla 154 -
Housing Authority of the City of Jasper 152 -
Housing Authority of the City of Statesboro 147 -
Housing Authority of the City of Sandersville 142 -
Housing Authority of the City of Villa Rica 141 -
Housing Authority of the City of Canton 141 -
Housing Authority of the City of Hazlehurst 132 -
Housing Authority of the City of Barnesville 132 -
Housing Authority of the City of Lyons 129 -
Housing Authority of the City of Metter 122 -
Housing Authority of the City of Cuthbert 122 -
Housing Authority of the City of Glennville 120 -
Housing Authority of the City of Soperton 120 -
Housing Authority of the City of Washington 119 -
Housing Authority of the City of McDonough 118 -
Housing Authority of the City of Dawson 116 -
Housing Authority of the City of Cochran 115 -
Housing Authority of the City of Eatonton 114 -
Housing Authority of the City of Hogansville 114 -
Housing Authority of the County of Douglas 110 -
Housing Authority of the City of Vidalia 110 -
Housing Authority of the City of Ellijay 110 -
Housing Authority of the City of Greensboro 109 -
Housing Authority of the City of Roswell 103 -
Housing Authority of the City of Warrenton 100 -
Housing Authority of the City of Fort Valley 100 -
Housing Authority of the City of Clayton 98 -
Housing Authority of the County of Lee 98 -
Housing Authority of the City of Jefferson 90 -
Housing Authority of the City of Wrightsville 90 -
Housing Authority of the City of Jackson 89 -
Housing Authority of the City of Colquitt 89 -
Housing Authority of the City of Hawkinsville 86 -
Housing Authority of the City of Millen 86 -
Housing Authority of the City of McCaysville 86 -
Housing Authority of the City of Homerville 80 -
Housing Authority of the City of Vienna 80 -
Housing Authority of the City of Greenville 80 -
Housing Authority of the City of Bremen 80 -
Housing Authority of the City of Buena Vista 79 -
Housing Authority of the City of Sylvania 78 -
Housing Authority of the City of Louisville 78 -
Housing Authority of the City of Hinesville 77 -
Housing Authority of the City of Franklin 77 -
Housing Authority of the City of Fort Oglethorpe 74 -
Housing Authority of the City of Tennille 71 -
Housing Authority of the County of Stewart 70 -
Housing Authority of the City of Social Circle 70 -
Housing Authority of the City of Roberta 70 -
Housing Authority of the City of Chatsworth 68 -
Housing Authority of the City of Madison 66 -
Tri-City Housing Authority 66 -
Housing Authority of the City of McRae 64 -
Housing Authority of the City of Edison 64 -
Housing Authority of the City of Union Point 61 -
Housing Authority of the City of Adel 60 -
Housing Authority of the City of Lincolnton 60 -
Housing Authority of the City of Monticello 58 -
Housing Authority of the City of Blackshear 56 -
Housing Authority of the City of Bowdon 55 -
Housing Authority of the City of Commerce 50 -
Housing Authority of the City of Cumming 50 -
Housing Authority of the City of Perry 50 -
Housing Authority of the City of Manchester 49 -
Housing Authority of the City of Glenwood 48 -
Housing Authority of the City of Blue Ridge 48 -
Housing Authority of the City of Buchanan 46 -
Housing Authority of the City of Doerun 44 -
Housing Authority of the City of Harlem 44 -
Housing Authority of the City of Norcross 44 -
City of Atlanta, Dept. of Housing And Community Development - 44
Housing Authority of the County of Harris 43 -
Housing Authority of the City of Nahunta 41 -
Housing Authority of the City of Ellaville 40 -
Housing Authority of the County of Houston 40 -
Housing Authority of the City of Newton 39 -
Housing Authority of the City of Boston 39 -
Housing Authority of the City of Alamo 38 -
Housing Authority of the City of Mount Vernon 36 -
Housing Authority of the City of Byron 32 -
Housing Authority of the City of Danielsville 30 -
Housing Authority of the City of Dahlonega 30 -
Housing Authority of the City of Senoia 30 -
Housing Authority of the City of Ringgold 30 -
Housing Authority of the City of Comer 29 -
Housing Authority of the City of Hampton 25 -
Housing Authority of the City of Arlington 24 -
Housing Authority of the City of Fort Gaines 24 -
Housing Authority of the City of Gibson 24 -
Housing Authority of the City of Sparta 24 -
Housing Authority of the City of Lumber City 23 -
Housing Authority of the County of Atkinson 23 -
Housing Authority of the City of Fairburn 23 -
Housing Authority of the City of Pearson 21 -
Housing Authority of the City of Nicholls 20 -
Housing Authority of the City of Cave Spring 20 -
Housing Authority of the City of Lakeland 20 -
Housing Authority of the City of Loganville 20 -
Housing Authority of the City of Palmetto 20 -
Housing Authority of the City of Grantville 20 -
Housing Authority of the City of Shellman 20 -
Housing Authority of the City of Menlo 20 -
Housing Authority of the City of Hahira 16 -
Housing Authority of the City of Union City 16 -
Housing Authority of the County of Screven 14 -
Housing Authority of the City of Rochelle 14 -
Housing Authority of the City of Abbeville 14 -
Housing Authority of the City of Crawfordville 14 -
Housing Authority of the City of Woodbury 12 -
Housing Authority of the City of Toccoa - -
Housing Authority of the City of Acworth - -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Georgia has a total of 1,504 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 124,780 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 81,375 in Georgia. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Georgia.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view