Rental Housing In Illinois

Illinois Rental Overview

The population of Illinois, according to the 2010 Census, is 12,830,632. The total number of households in the state is 4,836,972. The average household size for Illinois is 2.47. The total number of renter households in the state is 1,573,333 which means that 32.53% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Illinois is ranked 25th 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 Illinois is $877 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Illinois ranks 19th 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 Illinois is 119,725 representing a vacancy rate of 7.1%. Among all U.S. states, Illinois ranks 25th 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, Illinois’s rental housing portfolio is performing at the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 653 59,489
Section 202 214 13,180
Section 811 105 1,573
Section 515 538 9,978
RDRA 462 7,028
LIHTC 1,124 70,649
Senior 540 28,924
Public Housing 323 18,021
Section 8 Voucher 111 94,133
Total 2,253 149,962
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 Illinois there are 111 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Illinois is 66.60. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Chicago at 63,936 units and the smallest is Yates City at 2 unit(s). 540 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 28,924 units. Of the 149,962 units, 81,270 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 Illinois ranked by federally assisted units

There are 102 counties or county equivalents in Illinois. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Cook County at 5,194,675 and the smallest is Hardin County at 4,320. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Jackson County at 49.64% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Kendall County at 14.38%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Illinois ranges from a low of 21.5 units per 1,000 renter households in Lawrence County to a high of 270.5 units per 1,000 renter households in Brown County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Illinois is 136 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Illinois. 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
Cook County 74,268
Lake County 6,539
DuPage County 6,530
Kane County 4,149
Peoria County 4,067
Will County 3,629
Rock Island County 3,608
Winnebago County 3,450
Sangamon County 2,618
Madison County 2,412
McLean County 2,321
St Clair County 2,154
Macon County 2,065
DeKalb County 1,875
Tazewell County 1,756
Champaign County 1,510
Kankakee County 1,396
McHenry County 1,230
Vermilion County 1,229
La Salle County 994
Coles County 904
Knox County 850
Jackson County 818
Adams County 801
Jefferson County 756
Ogle County 752
Whiteside County 699
Stephenson County 694
Morgan County 630
Effingham County 602
Boone County 524
Christian County 506
McDonough County 502
Marion County 484
Williamson County 477
Montgomery County 467
Fulton County 445
Grundy County 428
Franklin County 411
Bureau County 377
Kendall County 374
Jo Daviess County 373
Lee County 370
Livingston County 355
Logan County 350
Macoupin County 345
Saline County 306
Henry County 289
Clinton County 282
Shelby County 281
Richland County 259
Randolph County 258
White County 252
Fayette County 242
Ford County 231
Douglas County 230
Woodford County 218
Jersey County 215
Iroquois County 192
Hancock County 190
Edgar County 190
Massac County 186
Perry County 180
Johnson County 180
Cass County 179
Monroe County 177
Clark County 175
Union County 172
Moultrie County 166
Washington County 158
Warren County 151
Carroll County 150
Piatt County 144
Wayne County 142
Bond County 142
Clay County 139
Wabash County 135
Mercer County 134
Brown County 132
Crawford County 127
De Witt County 126
Pike County 118
Menard County 110
Hamilton County 106
Marshall County 94
Pulaski County 92
Greene County 90
Mason County 89
Henderson County 80
Alexander County 75
Jasper County 72
Gallatin County 70
Stark County 64
Schuyler County 57
Calhoun County 53
Edwards County 50
Lawrence County 34
Cumberland County 34
Putnam County 26
Scott County 16
Pope County 16
Hardin County 14

Affordable Housing by City in Illinois ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 570 cities in Illinois that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 2,695,598, Chicago has the largest population of these cities. There are 610 Federally assisted housing communities in Chicago which are home to about 63,936 families, most of which are lower income families.

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

CityTotal Units
Chicago 63,936
Peoria 3,845
Rockford 2,940
Springfield 2,378
Decatur 1,937
Waukegan 1,846
Aurora 1,627
Joliet 1,557
Dekalb 1,463
Zion 1,246
Bloomington 1,220
Rock Island 1,169
Carol Stream 1,045
Danville 1,042
Pekin 1,026
Normal 936
Calumet City 899
Bolingbrook 894
Kankakee 858
Galesburg 852
Elgin 827
Moline 803
Addison 800
Alton 737
Carbondale 734
Gurnee 728
Downers Grove 704
East Moline 703
Urbana 681
Champaign 664
Quincy 653
North Chicago 632
Jacksonville 620
Freeport 615
Carpentersville 597
Willowbrook 582
Effingham 578
Chicago Heights 560
Palatine 557
Naperville 539
Woodstock 524
Belvidere 524
Batavia 523
Richton Park 479
Mattoon 476
East St. Louis 456
Macomb 446
Bensenville 445
Washington 442
Rochelle 441
Charleston 428
Orland Hills 392
Palos Hills 384
Harvey 383
Marion 364
Libertyville 364
Belleville 360
Melrose Park 344
Park Forest 344
Centralia 333
Sterling 330
Lincoln 330
Morris 324
Bollingbrook 321
Evanston 316
Mount Prospect 314
Silvis 310
Taylorville 301
Oak Brook 298
Litchfield 289
Dixon 288
West Chicago 287
Yorkville 282
Arlington Heights 270
Mchenry 269
Schaumburg 268
Milan 268
Hanover Park 265
Justice 263
Mount Vernon 262
Ottawa 260
Carbon Cliff 259
Olney 259
Streator 256
Skokie 248
Rock Falls 243
Canton 241
Bloomingdale 241
Maywood 240
East Saint Louis 228
Benton 227
Highland 227
Riverdale 225
Pontiac 225
Glenview 224
Granite City 223
Oak Park 222
Wheaton 221
Jerseyville 215
Carmi 214
Fox Lake 209
Bartlett 208
Loves Park 206
Wilmington 205
Round Lake Beach 202
Salem 201
Romeoville 200
Crystal Lake 199
Alorton 198
Homewood 198
Robbins 196
Princeton 196
Dix 190
Blue Island 188
Metropolis 186
Elk Grove Village 184
Godfrey 183
University Park 183
Venice 182
Savoy 176
Centreville 169
Round Lake 168
Lebanon 168
Mt. Vernon 164
Lake Villa 160
Vandalia 156
Paris 154
Roselle 154
Vienna 154
Highland Park 152
Matteson 152
Oregon 151
Stockton 151
Shelbyville 149
Greyslake 148
Wood River 146
Chillicothe 142
Hoffman Estates 140
West Frankfort 138
Caseyville 138
Steger 137
Lewistown 136
Rolling Meadows 134
Waterloo 134
Hopkins Park 133
O 132
Chicago Ridge 132
Pana 131
Bourbonnais 128
Antioch 128
Cicero 128
Peru 128
Chester 124
Crestwood 122
Gibson City 122
East Alton 122
Fairfield 120
Eureka 120
Montgomery 120
Watseka 120
Wanconda 119
Kewanee 118
Greenville 118
Sullivan 116
Beardstown 114
Harrisburg 113
Hoopeston 113
Carlinville 110
Paxton 109
Mt. Carmel 109
Saint Charles 108
Mount Sterling 108
Nashville 108
Bradley 107
Tinley Park 106
Eldorado 106
Elmhurst 105
Morton 104
Collinsville 104
Glendale Heights 104
Maryville 103
Ofallon 103
Barrington 102
St Charles 100
Galena 100
Mt Vernon 100
Dolton 100
Deerfield 98
Farina 98
Mt Prospect 97
Shiloh 96
Cortland 96
Byron 96
Troy 96
Port Byron 96
Bellwood 95
Wilmette 95
Tuscola 94
Cerro Gordo 92
Darien 91
Herrin 90
Sandwich 89
Sycamore 88
Winnebago 88
Dwight 88
Clinton 86
Camp Point 85
Oak Forest 84
Pinckneyville 84
Island Lake 84
Vernon Hills 82
Robinson 82
Palos Park 81
Manteno 81
Glen Ellyn 80
Lynwood 80
Monmouth 79
Lisle 78
Des Plaines 75
North Aurora 74
Petersburg 74
Machesney Park 74
Oak Parks 74
Spring Valley 74
Cobden 74
Flora 74
Northlake 73
Country Club Hill 73
Elmwood Park 72
Coal City 72
Matherville 72
Braidwood 72
Hines 70
Calumet Park 70
Countryside 70
Duquoin 70
Lake Zurich 70
Lockport 70
Carthage 68
Hillsboro 68
Mendota 67
Marshall 67
Pittsfield 66
Oakbrook 65
Mcleansboro 65
Madison 65
La Salle 64
East Peoria 64
Newton 64
Cambridge 64
Cairo 63
Harvard 62
Earlville 61
Murphysboro 60
Forest Park 60
Lansing 60
Casey 60
Westmont 60
Chatham 60
Carrier Mills 59
Crete 58
Phoenix 57
Rushville 57
Mahomet 56
Stronghurst 56
Assumption 56
Huntley 56
Mackinaw 56
Buffalo 56
South Roxana 56
Red Bud 56
Morton Grove 56
Genoa 55
Ashland 53
O Fallon 52
Metamora 52
Elburn 52
Lombard 51
Shorewood 51
Clay City 51
Lyons 50
Pecatonica 50
Cottage Hills 50
Leroy 49
Martinsville 48
Moweaqua 48
Henry 48
Beecher 48
Clayton 47
Havana 46
Villa Grove 46
East St Louis 46
Edwardsville 46
Griggsville 44
Mount Carroll 44
Brighton 43
White Hall 42
East Dubuque 42
Mc Leansboro 41
Durand 40
Rockton 40
Warren 40
Cowden 40
Ullin 40
Woodlawn 40
West Dundee 40
Energy 40
Farmer City 40
Farmersville 40
Anna 40
Leland 38
Prophetstown 38
Toulon 36
Le Roy 36
Athens 36
Nokomis 36
New Baden 36
Staunton 36
Oswego 36
Arcola 36
Hanna City 36
Wataga 36
Girard 35
Lena 34
Hardin 34
Monticello 32
Galva 32
Carrollton 32
Newark 32
Riverton 32
Oglesby 32
Wenona 32
Morrison 32
Marseilles 32
Bushnell 32
Mascoutah 32
Ohio 32
Steeleville 32
Carlyle 31
Bethany 31
Walnut 31
Sparta 30
Thompsonville 30
Shawneetown 28
Wyoming 28
Chrisman 28
Glasford 28
Fairbury 28
Erie 28
Breese 26
Albion 26
Mason City 26
Sun River Terrace 25
Orangeville 25
Saint Joseph 24
Bethalto 24
Gridley 24
Nauvoo 24
Benld 24
Plano 24
Hutsonville 24
Saint Anne 24
Ashton 24
Sandoval 24
Auburn 24
Elizabeth 24
Bunker Hill 24
Somonauk 24
Des Palines 24
St Joseph 24
Valmeyer 24
Mundelein 24
Lanark 24
Parkview 24
Lawrenceville 24
New Berlin 24
Milford 24
Mound City 24
Lamoille 24
Rochester 24
Bowen 24
Grayville 24
Oakwood 24
Waterman 24
St. Joseph 24
Mulberry Grove 24
Amboy 24
Shabbona 24
Trenton 24
Atkinson 23
Gillespie 23
Cissna Park 23
Cambria 23
Cisne 22
Danvers 22
Laharpe 22
Norris City 22
Thomson 22
Oblong 21
Maroa 20
Goreville 20
Heyworth 20
Equality 20
Granville 20
Grand Chain 20
Catlin 20
Warsaw 20
Pawnee 20
Du Quoin 20
Patoka 20
Germantown Hills 20
Georgetown 20
Greenup 20
Toluca 20
Knoxville 20
Milledgeville 20
Richmond 20
Mazon 20
New Windsor 20
Gilman 20
Lovington 19
Columbia 19
Kampsville 19
Farmington 18
Minier 18
Green Oaks 18
Mount Carmel 18
Altamont 18
Piano 18
Lacon 18
Manito 17
St Libory 16
Tonica 16
Worden 16
Arthur 16
Elmwood 16
Irvington 16
Enfield 16
Herscher 16
Geneseo 16
Mendon 16
Sigel 16
Galatia 16
Elwood 16
El Paso 16
Winchester 16
Fulton 16
Colchester 16
Findlay 16
Okawville 16
Tolono 16
Golconda 16
Savanna 16
Virden 16
Delavan 16
Hamilton 16
Hebron 16
Seneca 16
Avon 16
Alsip 15
Rosiclare 14
Atwood 14
Louisville 14
Toledo 14
Colfax 14
La Grange 13
Rantoul 13
Shannon 12
Witt 12
Argenta 12
Windsor 12
Malta 12
Oquawka 12
German Valley 12
Green Valley 12
Gladstone 12
Franklin Grove 12
Marine 12
Niles 12
Depue 12
Atlanta 12
Aledo 12
South Pekin 12
Coffeen 12
Lexington 12
Grand Tower 12
Tamms 12
South Beloit 12
Virginia 12
Table Grove 12
Crest Hill 12
Hinckley 12
Kirkland 12
Gardner 12
Ashley 12
Bement 12
Omaha 12
Keithsburg 12
Woodhull 12
Paw Paw 12
Alexis 12
Ava 12
Coulterville 10
Washburn 10
Sumner 10
Waverly 10
Wolf Lake 10
Viola 10
Ridge Farm 10
Astoria 10
Sublette 10
Ridgeway 10
Brownstown 8
Greenfield 8
Beckemeyer 8
Augusta 8
Scales Mound 8
Perry 8
Sesser 8
Royal Lakes 8
Hammond 8
Karnak 8
Rock City 8
Wyanet 8
Allendale 8
Rankin 8
New Boston 8
Christopher 8
Saint Marie 8
Brooklyn 8
Carriers Mills 8
Blue Mound 8
Mount Pulaski 8
Apple River 8
Plymouth 8
Midlothian 8
Bardolph 8
Hume 8
Homer 8
Tampico 8
Alhambra 8
Buda 8
Forrest 8
Prospect Heights 6
Chatsworth 6
Beecher City 6
Vermont 6
Hoyleton 6
Standard 6
Irving 6
New Burnside 6
Joiliet 6
E Peoria 6
Percy 6
Tamaroa 6
Ipava 6
Buckley 5
Albany 4
Fillmore 4
Wheeling 4
Stonefort 4
Macon 4
Shipman 4
Kinmundy 3
Yates City 2
Miller -
Divernon -
Cahokia -
South Chicago Heights -
Streamwood -

Housing Authorities in Illinois 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 111 housing authorities in Illinois. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 111 housing authorities, 57.7% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Illinois by total housing assistance units managed is Chicago Housing Authority with 71,839 public housing units under management (20,828 public housing units and 51,011 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Illinois 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
Chicago Housing Authority 20,828 51,011
Housing Authority of the County of Cook 2,020 12,792
Rockford Housing Authority 1,893 2,159
Housing Authority of the County of Lake, Il. 620 2,803
Springfield Housing Authority 938 2,049
St. Clair County Housing Authority 996 1,910
Peoria Housing Authority 833 1,967
Dupage Housing Authority - 2,693
The Housing Authority of City of East St. Louis 1,975 683
Housing Authority of Joliet 989 1,190
Housing Authority of Champaign County 349 1,798
Decatur Housing Authority 678 1,123
Aurora Housing Authority 644 893
Housing Authority for Lasalle County 929 536
Madison County Housing Authority 260 1,112
Housing Authority of the County of Jackson, Il. 809 557
Housing Authority of the City of Waukegan 447 817
The Housing Authority of the City of Danville, IL 527 680
Housing Authority of Elgin 253 945
Housing Authority of the City of Bloomington, IL 628 430
McHenry County Housing Authority 23 962
Kankakee County Housing Authority 223 708
Housing Authority of the County of Williamson 724 163
Housing Authority of the County of Dekalb 278 564
Greater Metropolitan Area Housing Authority of Rock Island County 482 347
Housing Authority of the County of Franklin 683 65
Housing Authority of the City of Rock Island 487 255
Winnebago County Housing Authority 222 516
Housing Authority of Marion County 445 277
Moline Housing Authority 486 234
Knox County Housing Authority 420 280
Housing Authority of the City of North Chicago, IL 150 542
Housing Authority of the Village of Oak Park 198 492
Quincy Housing Authority 409 220
The Housing Authority of Henry County 449 176
Housing Authority - County of Saline 478 128
Morgan County Housing Authority 419 170
Whiteside County Housing Authority 265 285
Fulton County Housing Authority 284 260
Illinois Housing Development Authority - 537
Maywood Housing Authority - 449
Housing Authority of the City of Marion 328 120
Housing Authority of the City of Freeport 446 -
Housing Authority of Jefferson County 308 99
Housing Authority of the County of McDonough 279 125
Housing Authority of Christian County, Illinois 218 173
Granite City Housing Authority 383 -
Illinois Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opport. - 374
Warren County Housing Authority 272 100
Macoupin County Housing Authority 362 -
Perry County Housing Authority 357 -
Housing Authority of the County of Union 346 -
Housing Authority of the County of Jersey 146 195
Bureau County Housing Authority 251 71
Housing Authority of the County of Vermilion, Ill. 212 108
Montgomery County Housing Authority 228 89
Livingston County Housing Authority 235 73
Woodford County Housing Authority 64 240
Menard County Housing Authority 155 140
Housing Authority of the County of Wayne, Illinois 214 70
Housing Authority of Edgar County 200 75
Ogle County Housing Authority 130 141
Randolph County Housing Authority 218 50
Logan County Housing Authority 193 62
Lee County Housing Authority 211 42
Housing Authority - City of Alton 246 -
Dewitt County Housing Authority 245 -
Housing Authority of the County of Boone - 238
Massac County Housing Authority 233 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Cicero - 232
Pike County Housing Authority 228 -
Housing Authority of the County of McLean, Ill. - 220
Housing Authority of Greene County 202 -
Mason County Housing Authority 50 150
Housing Authority of the City of Pekin 196 -
Housing Authority of East Peoria - 195
Clay County Housing Authority 187 -
Housing Authority of Park Forest - 177
Housing Authority County of Coles 176 -
Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence, Il. 171 -
Housing Authority of the County of Shelby, Il. 132 30
Kendall Housing Authority - 160
Housing Authority of the County of Wabash, Il. 156 -
Housing Authority of the County of Richland 75 80
Housing Authority of the County of Bond 154 -
Housing Authority of the County of Jodaviess 107 41
Housing Authority of the County of Hardin 147 -
Housing Authority of Pulaski County 134 -
Housing Authority of Adams County 126 -
Housing Authority of Pope County 123 -
Housing Authority of the County of Clark, Il. 87 30
White County Housing Authority 115 -
Housing Authority of the County of Ford 60 50
Housing Authority of the County of Cumberland, Il. 92 15
Scott County Housing Authority 105 -
Effingham County Housing Authority 103 -
Housing Authority of Gallatin County 97 -
Mercer County Housing Authority 60 35
Grundy County Housing Authority 95 -
Carroll County Housing Authority 89 -
Hamilton County Housing Authority 84 -
Housing Authority of Johnson County 77 -
Housing Authority of Mt. Vernon, Illinois - 64
Housing Authority of the County of Brown 62 -
Housing Authority of Piatt County 60 -
Henderson County Housing Authority - 58
Edwards County Housing Authority 51 -
The Housing Authority of the County of Cass Il. 50 -
Housing Authority of Calhoun County 43 -
Hancock County Housing Authority 30 -
Habitat Property Management Corp - -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Illinois has a total of 2,253 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 149,962 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 70,649 in Illinois. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Illinois.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view