Rental Housing In Indiana

Indiana Rental Overview

The population of Indiana, according to the 2010 Census, is 6,483,802. The total number of households in the state is 2,502,154. The average household size for Indiana is 2.48. The total number of renter households in the state is 754,179 which means that 30.14% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Indiana is ranked 42nd 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 Indiana is $717 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Indiana ranks 37th 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 Indiana is 71,115 representing a vacancy rate of 8.6%. Among all U.S. states, Indiana ranks 39th 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, Indiana’s rental housing portfolio is performing below the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 369 27,003
Section 202 126 6,199
Section 811 55 751
Section 515 448 11,982
RDRA 414 7,046
LIHTC 829 42,659
Senior 312 11,625
Public Housing 102 7,952
Section 8 Voucher 65 39,649
Total 1,607 88,286
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 Indiana there are 65 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Indiana is 54.90. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Indianapolis at 19,667 units and the smallest is Elberfeld at 3 unit(s). 312 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 11,625 units. Of the 88,286 units, 40,637 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 Indiana ranked by federally assisted units

There are 90 counties or county equivalents in Indiana. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Marion County at 903,393 and the smallest is Ohio County at 6,128. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Monroe County at 47.41% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Brown County at 16.2%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Indiana ranges from a low of 8.7 units per 1,000 renter households in St Joseph County to a high of 303.3 units per 1,000 renter households in Posey County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Indiana is 159.5 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Indiana. 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
Marion County 20,758
Lake County 6,855
Allen County 4,746
Vanderburgh County 2,451
Elkhart County 2,432
Tippecanoe County 2,257
Madison County 2,034
Monroe County 1,909
Hamilton County 1,622
Clark County 1,591
Johnson County 1,456
Bartholomew County 1,417
Howard County 1,416
Grant County 1,316
Delaware County 1,285
Porter County 1,256
Wayne County 1,220
Vigo County 1,069
Morgan County 761
Dearborn County 685
Montgomery County 672
Adams County 671
Noble County 661
Jackson County 653
Kosciusko County 648
Floyd County 647
Henry County 633
Wabash County 601
Hendricks County 600
Shelby County 586
Cass County 585
Jefferson County 576
Marshall County 573
Lawrence County 567
Huntington County 545
Dubois County 516
Gibson County 507
Scott County 470
Boone County 468
Warrick County 467
Hancock County 467
Greene County 452
Putnam County 445
Daviess County 442
Decatur County 440
Ripley County 435
Orange County 404
Knox County 402
Washington County 398
Posey County 355
Harrison County 354
Jasper County 348
Jennings County 343
Wells County 338
Jay County 329
Rush County 324
Whitley County 324
Franklin County 316
Miami County 306
Fayette County 278
Vermillion County 276
White County 275
Blackford County 275
Clinton County 263
Starke County 262
Perry County 249
Randolph County 239
Crawford County 210
LaGrange County 202
Owen County 198
Steuben County 197
Parke County 195
Fulton County 180
Carroll County 169
Sullivan County 168
Martin County 166
Ohio County 163
Benton County 161
Clay County 158
Spencer County 154
Pike County 149
Fountain County 148
Tipton County 138
Union County 134
Switzerland County 117
Warren County 116
Newton County 91
Pulaski County 70
St Joseph County 50
Brown County 20

Affordable Housing by City in Indiana ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 336 cities in Indiana that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 820,445, Indianapolis has the largest population of these cities. There are 287 Federally assisted housing communities in Indianapolis which are home to about 19,667 families, most of which are lower income families.

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

CityTotal Units
Indianapolis 19,667
Fort Wayne 4,392
Gary 4,249
Evansville 2,451
South Bend 2,300
Lafayette 1,745
Bloomington 1,691
Anderson 1,629
Elkhart 1,541
Columbus 1,463
Kokomo 1,268
East Chicago 1,154
Mishawaka 1,138
Muncie 1,133
Noblesville 1,066
Richmond 1,020
Hammond 986
Terre Haute 920
Jeffersonville 901
Marion 825
Greenwood 776
Michigan City 654
New Albany 622
Clarksville 606
Valparaiso 558
Franklin 556
Logansport 553
Madison 528
Shelbyville 526
Crawfordsville 512
Portage 504
Goshen 497
Huntington 497
Warsaw 491
Seymour 482
Lawrenceburg 481
West Lafayette 476
New Castle 462
Lebanon 452
Laporte 444
Greensburg 404
Decatur 398
Wabash 393
Martinsville 384
Greenfield 381
Kendallville 369
North Vernon 343
Washington 332
Plymouth 330
Beech Grove 328
Merrillville 322
Salem 320
Mooresville 315
Bedford 307
Vincennes 300
Princeton 297
Connersville 278
Jasper 272
Scottsburg 266
Corydon 263
Rushville 258
Rensselaer 252
Clinton 251
Peru 250
Indianaplois 250
Auburn 245
Portland 241
Columbia City 234
Bluffton 234
Fishers 232
Newburgh 220
Ellettsville 218
Linton 217
Hartford City 209
Greencastle 205
Austin 204
Gas City 204
Indianpolis 200
Frankfort 197
Batesville 197
Plainfield 196
Boonville 196
Mitchell 196
Brookville 196
Monticello 193
Osceola 184
Rockville 183
Knox 182
Lawrence 180
North Manchester 176
Huntingburg 176
Rising Sun 163
Cannelton 163
Angola 159
New Haven 154
Winchester 150
West Terre Haute 149
Berne 140
Brownstown 139
Versailles 138
Hebron 136
Paoli 136
Pendleton 134
Camby 134
Marlon 132
Spencer 132
Tipton 130
Brownsburg 128
Greentown 128
Avon 128
Geneva 125
Garrett 122
Yorktown 122
Danville 122
Cloverdale 120
Alexandria 117
Vevay 117
Rochester 116
French Lick 116
Brazil 112
Green Castle 112
Marengo 108
Loogootee 108
Orleans 107
Mount Vernon 106
Ft. Wayne 104
Ligonier 103
Liberty 102
New Carlisle 102
Williamsport 100
Nappanee 100
Edinburgh 98
Osgood 96
Ft Wayne 96
Avilla 95
Petersburg 93
La Porte 92
Westfield 92
English 90
Ashley 90
Fortville 86
Fowler 85
Sullivan 84
Bremen 83
Elwood 82
Arcadia 82
Markle 80
Tell City 80
West Harrison 80
Odon 80
Jasonville 79
Bicknell 78
Oakland City 78
Centerville 76
Bloomfield 72
Summitville 72
Westville 72
Lagrange 72
Delphi 71
Winamac 70
Cambridge City 69
Syracuse 68
Montpelier 66
North Liberty 66
North Judson 64
Oolitic 64
Carmel 64
Dale 64
Aurora 63
Fairmount 63
Knightstown 62
Union City 61
Albion 60
Charlestown 60
Middlebury 60
Flora 58
Dillsboro 58
Chesterton 58
Shoals 58
Culver 57
Bunker Hill 56
Converse 54
Palmyra 52
Hobart 50
Topeka 50
Covington 48
Remington 48
Hanover 48
Morgantown 48
Demotte 48
Chandler 48
Middletown 46
Bourbon 46
Churubusco 46
Milford 46
Attica 46
Lowell 46
West Baden Springs 45
South Whitley 44
Argos 43
Kentland 43
Butler 42
Gosport 42
Worthington 41
Cynthiana 41
Sheridan 41
Shipshewana 40
Edinburg 40
Wolcottville 40
Haubstadt 39
Veedersburg 38
Carthage 38
Owensville 37
Clay City 36
Greendale 36
Westport 36
Dayton 36
Lakeville 36
Otterbein 36
Sunman 34
New Castle, 34
Brookston 34
Milan 34
Shelburn 34
Cromwell 34
Akron 32
Crothersville 32
West College Corner 32
Grabill 32
Woodburn 32
Darlington 32
Wingate 32
Campbellsburg 32
Ft. Branch 32
Kewanna 32
Redkey 32
Laurel 32
Winslow 32
Hagerstown 30
Morristown 30
Albany 30
Pekin 30
Mulberry 30
Dunkirk 30
Shirley 29
Milroy 28
Birdseye 28
Lynn 28
Kingsford Heights 28
Fremont 26
Pennville 26
Millersburg 26
Linden 25
Perrysville 25
Dublin 25
Georgetown 25
Santa Claus 24
Henryville 24
Fort Branch 24
Ossian 24
Otwell 24
Taylorsville 24
Poland 24
Oldenburg 24
Oxford 24
Hamilton 24
Grandview 24
Brook 24
Monon 24
Cicero 24
Crown Point 24
Jonesboro 24
Speedway 24
Bristol 24
Goodland 24
Camden 24
Cedar Lake 24
Dugger 22
Pierceton 22
Lyons 22
Chrisney 22
Walkerton 22
Mentone 21
Switz City 21
Nashville 20
Ladoga 20
Russiaville 20
Stmeinrad 20
Monroeville 20
Holland 20
Upland 20
Colfax 20
Ferdinand 20
Waveland 19
Plainville 18
Van Buren 18
Boswell 16
Hamlet 16
Wolcott 16
Campellsburg 16
La Fontaine 16
Kingman 16
New Market 16
Waynetown 16
Farmersburg 16
Jamestown 16
Twelve Mile 16
Burlington 16
Kirklin 16
Roann 16
Warren 16
Royal Center 16
Andrews 16
West Lebanon 16
Trafalgar 16
Pittsboro 16
Roanoke 16
Lapaz 14
Freelandville 14
Leavenworth 12
Rosedale 12
Waterloo 12
Carlisle 12
Orland 12
Elnora 12
Center Point 10
Westphalia 10
Sheridian 10
North Salem 10
Russellville 8
Monroe 8
Chalmers 8
Wadesville 8
Windfall 8
Troy 6
Elberfeld 3

Housing Authorities in Indiana 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 65 housing authorities in Indiana. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 65 housing authorities, 53.8% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Indiana by total housing assistance units managed is Indianapolis Housing Agency with 10,279 public housing units under management (1,895 public housing units and 8,384 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Indiana 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
Indianapolis Housing Agency 1,895 8,384
Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority - 4,920
Fort Wayne Housing Authority 743 2,980
Housing Authority of the City of Gary 1,969 1,701
Housing Authority of South Bend 808 2,124
Housing Authority of the City of Evansville 954 1,921
Housing Authority of the City of Terre Haute 867 916
Housing Authority of the City of Bloomington 310 1,344
East Chicago Housing Authority 805 679
Housing Authority of the City of New Albany 1,074 408
Housing Authority of the City of Elkhart 666 727
Housing Authority of the City of Anderson 136 1,227
Kokomo Housing Authority 551 689
Housing Authority of the City of Muncie 359 864
Housing Authority of the City of Lafayette - 1,205
Housing Authority of the City of Hammond 324 816
Columbus Housing Authority 157 654
Housing Authority of the City of Jeffersonville 369 410
Housing Authority of the City of Marion, In 270 471
Vincennes Housing Authority 343 372
Housing Authority of the City of Mishawaka 299 307
Housing Authority of the City of Richmond 303 273
Housing Authority of the City of Crawfordsvil - 497
Housing Authority of the City of Michigan City 190 287
New Castle Housing Authority 156 306
Delaware County Housing Authority 162 256
Knox County Housing Authority 74 334
Brazil Housing Authority 288 115
Housing Authority of the County of Fayette - 376
Housing Authority of the City of Bedford 161 168
Housing Authority of the City of Charlestown 250 70
Housing Authority of the City of Goshen - 320
Housing Authority of the City of Peru 103 212
Housing Authority of the City of Elwood - 301
Mount Vernon Housing Authority 83 203
Housing Authority of the City of Logansport - 283
Linton Housing Authority 50 219
Housing Authority of the City of Tell City 199 67
Sullivan Housing Authority 249 -
Housing Authority of the County of St. Joseph - 224
Washington Housing Authority 189 -
Noblesville Housing Authority - 185
Housing Authority of the City of Greencastle - 184
Housing Authority of the City of Angola 183 -
Cannelton Housing Authority - 179
Housing Authority of the City of Decatur - 178
Housing Authority of the City of Warsaw - 175
Fulton County Housing Authority - 175
Marshall County Housing Authority - 171
Housing Authority of the City of Union City - 161
Seymour Housing Authority - 158
Rockport Housing Authority 141 -
Bloomfield Housing Authority 90 50
Rockville Housing Authority - 133
Housing Authority of the City of Kendallville 118 -
Housing Authority of the City of Greensburg - 115
Housing Authority of the City of Sellersburg - 55
Housing Authority of the City of Huntingburg 50 -
Housing Authority of the City of Jasonville - 50
Housing Authority of the City of Portland - 50
Housing Authority of the City of Rome City 50 -
Greendale Housing Authority 50 -
Fremont Housing Authority 40 -
Franklin County Housing Authority - -
Housing Authority of the County of Jennings - -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Indiana has a total of 1,607 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 88,286 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 42,659 in Indiana. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Indiana.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view