Rental Housing In Mississippi

Mississippi Rental Overview

The population of Mississippi, according to the 2010 Census, is 2,967,297. The total number of households in the state is 1,115,768. The average household size for Mississippi is 2.45. The total number of renter households in the state is 338,695 which means that 30.36% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Mississippi is ranked 40th 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 Mississippi is $692 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Mississippi ranks 44th 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 Mississippi is 46,110 representing a vacancy rate of 12%. Among all U.S. states, Mississippi ranks 51st 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, Mississippi’s rental housing portfolio is performing well below the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 268 16,120
Section 202 89 3,215
Section 811 29 437
Section 515 461 14,372
RDRA 359 8,653
LIHTC 480 23,037
Senior 261 8,641
Public Housing 82 5,465
Section 8 Voucher 56 23,888
Total 1,112 50,947
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 Mississippi there are 56 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Mississippi is 45.80. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Jackson at 7,053 units and the smallest is Tishomingo at 8 unit(s). 261 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 8,641 units. Of the 50,947 units, 28,432 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 Mississippi ranked by federally assisted units

There are 82 counties or county equivalents in Mississippi. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Hinds County at 245,285 and the smallest is Issaquena County at 1,406. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Tunica County at 55.44% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Jasper County at 14.43%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Mississippi ranges from a low of 40.7 units per 1,000 renter households in Union County to a high of 1110.1 units per 1,000 renter households in Newton County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Mississippi is 194.1 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Mississippi. 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
Hinds County 7,596
Harrison County 4,634
Jackson County 1,874
DeSoto County 1,701
Lee County 1,681
Bolivar County 1,625
Lauderdale County 1,327
Leflore County 1,292
Madison County 1,262
Sunflower County 1,259
Warren County 1,242
Coahoma County 1,139
Washington County 1,069
Forrest County 1,050
Rankin County 999
Jones County 951
Hancock County 922
Adams County 916
Holmes County 853
Yazoo County 768
Pike County 749
Lowndes County 716
Panola County 629
Oktibbeha County 592
Grenada County 536
Pearl River County 473
Marshall County 470
Lamar County 447
Tunica County 445
Monroe County 431
Attala County 424
Calhoun County 422
Clay County 396
Lincoln County 390
Simpson County 373
Prentiss County 368
Quitman County 350
Humphreys County 350
Leake County 335
Copiah County 329
Scott County 300
Tishomingo County 295
Alcorn County 294
Noxubee County 287
Lafayette County 282
Neshoba County 274
Chickasaw County 268
Marion County 260
Tippah County 250
Webster County 250
Winston County 245
Jefferson County 242
Wayne County 240
Pontotoc County 240
Tate County 232
Newton County 220
Covington County 198
Wilkinson County 184
Tallahatchie County 160
Itawamba County 155
Claiborne County 155
Carroll County 152
Greene County 148
Yalobusha County 148
Montgomery County 147
George County 144
Perry County 140
Jefferson Davis County 138
Clarke County 126
Sharkey County 123
Jasper County 112
Union County 110
Stone County 98
Franklin County 94
Amite County 90
Choctaw County 74
Kemper County 57
Walthall County 56
Benton County 56
Issaquena County 52
Smith County 48
Lawrence County 48

Affordable Housing by City in Mississippi ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 234 cities in Mississippi that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 173,514, Jackson has the largest population of these cities. There are 112 Federally assisted housing communities in Jackson which are home to about 7,053 families, most of which are lower income families.

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

CityTotal Units
Jackson 7,053
Gulfport 2,701
Biloxi 1,617
Meridian 1,283
Tupelo 1,242
Vicksburg 1,242
Hattiesburg 1,230
Greenwood 1,130
Canton 1,083
Natchez 856
Laurel 821
Clarksdale 801
Cleveland 784
Southaven 740
Yazoo City 740
Greenville 691
Columbus 690
Pascagoula 651
Ocean Springs 640
Mccomb 637
Starkville 592
Waveland 592
Grenada 500
Horn Lake 441
West Point 420
Pearl 411
Indianola 396
Brookhaven 390
Diberville 384
Holly Springs 371
Kosciusko 366
Tunica 349
Oxford 330
Batesville 322
Lexington 313
Picayune 309
Carthage 291
Drew 267
Gautier 265
Belzoni 264
Columbia 260
Magee 259
Philadelphia 249
Louisville 245
Fayette 242
Waynesboro 240
Richland 232
Ripley 226
Forest 224
Aberdeen 210
Hernando 208
Calhoun City 206
Moorhead 204
Macon 203
Pontotoc 192
Bay Saint Louis 192
Baldwyn 189
Shelby 189
Amory 189
Rosedale 188
Brandon 188
Sunflower 184
Houston 182
Walls 182
Tchula 182
Iuka 181
Eupora 178
Leland 178
Itta Bena 174
Metcalfe 164
Clinton 162
Shannon 160
Durant 158
Sardis 158
Lambert 155
Ruleville 154
Senatobia 152
Crystal Springs 152
Collins 150
Jonestown 149
Booneville 149
Marion 148
Corinth 148
Corinth, 146
Florence 144
Lucedale 144
Bay St Louis 138
Lumberton 135
Fulton 135
Poplarville 132
Long Beach 132
Ellisville 130
Olive Branch 130
Vaiden 128
Bude 128
Hazlehurst 125
Mound Bayou 122
Newton 120
Byhalia 119
Wiggins 117
Pickens 115
Prentiss 114
Flora 112
Edwards 108
Rolling Fork 107
Charleston 104
Friars Point 100
Leakesville 100
Goodman 98
Bruce 96
Crenshaw 96
Decatur 96
Renova 96
Robinsonville 96
Saltillo 95
Winona 95
Woodville 92
Mendenhall 90
Water Valley 88
Pass Christian 86
Okolona 86
New Albany 86
Port Gibson 85
Hollandale 84
Marks 83
Shaw 83
Raymond 81
Bolton 80
Secatobin 80
Summit 72
Duck Hill 72
Tutwiler 71
Hermanville 70
Quitman 70
Centreville 68
Crowder 68
Bay Springs 68
Union 64
Booneville, 64
Shuqualak 60
Derma 60
Natchex 60
Ethel 58
Tylertown 56
Winstonville 56
Isola 56
Morton 56
Purvis 56
Inverness 54
Plantersville 54
Como 53
Mayersville 52
Richton 50
Raleigh 48
Mathiston 48
Byram 48
Ackerman 48
Monticello 48
Liberty 48
State Line 48
Burnsville 47
Beaumont 46
Walnut Grove 44
New Augusta 44
Verona 44
Pelahatchie 44
Gloster 42
Pace 40
Magnolia 40
Belmont 39
Coahoma 38
Oakland 36
Sidon 36
Wesson 36
Hickory Flat 36
Petal 33
Macon & Brooksville 32
Scooba 32
Nicholson 32
Moss Point 32
Smithville 32
Silver City 30
Bentonia 28
Choctaw 25
Dekalb 25
Vardaman 24
Stonewall 24
Brooksville 24
Sherman 24
Heidelberg 24
Coffeeville 24
Mount Olive 24
North Carrollton 24
Mt. Olive 24
Sledge 24
Myrtle 24
Maben 24
Glendora 24
Bassfield 24
Ecru 24
Lula 24
Benoit 24
Hickory 24
Blue Mountain 24
Sumrall 24
Mt Olive 24
Terry 24
Crosby 24
Sebastopol 20
Iuka, 20
Mantachie 20
Ridgeland 20
Falcon 20
Weir 18
Kilmichael 16
Gunnison 16
Caledonia 16
Georgetown 16
Pachuta 16
Anguilla 16
Shubuta 16
Mooreville 16
Boyle 15
Guntown 12
Nettleton 12
Marietta 12
Alligator 12
Duncan 12
Beulah 12
Webb 12
Crawford 10
Cruger 10
Brown 8
Tishomingo, 8

Housing Authorities in Mississippi 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 56 housing authorities in Mississippi. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 56 housing authorities, 21.4% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Mississippi by total housing assistance units managed is Mississippi Regional Housing Authority No. VIII with 7,735 public housing units under management (957 public housing units and 6,778 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Mississippi 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
Mississippi Regional Housing Authority No. VIII 957 6,778
Mississippi Regional Housing AuthorityVI 136 4,926
Mississippi Regional Housing Authority No. IV 389 2,478
Tennessee Valley Regional Housing Authority 1,208 1,557
Mississippi Regional Housing Authority No. V 572 1,747
South Delta Regional Housing Authority - 1,688
Mississippi Regional Housing Authority No. VII 120 1,565
The Housing Authority of the City of Biloxi 788 646
The Housing Authority of the City of Meridian 1,214 211
The Housing Authority of the City of Jackson 171 709
North Delta Regional Housing Authority - 754
The Housing Authority of the City of Greenwood 408 260
The Housing Authority of the City of Laurel 624 -
Bay Waveland Housing Authority 107 380
The Housing Authority of the City of Columbus 479 -
The Housing Authority of the City of McComb 435 -
Housing Authority of the City of Vicksburg 430 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Tupelo 386 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Corinth 330 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Hattiesburg 296 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Clarksdale 296 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Natchez 296 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Yazoo City 290 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Picayune 276 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Starkville 243 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Brookhaven 229 -
The Housing Authority of the City of West Point 226 -
Oxford Housing Authority 212 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Water Valley 200 -
Mississippi Regional Housing Authority No. II - 189
The Housing Authority of the City of Booneville 160 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Louisville 154 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Winona 154 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Aberdeen 151 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Canton 150 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Hazlehurst 122 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Senatobia 120 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Amory 112 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Mound Bayou 100 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Holly Springs 90 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Sardis 82 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Pontotoc 80 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Forest 78 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Iuka 76 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Itta Bena 70 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Okolona 67 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Baldwyn 65 -
The Housing Authority of Attala County 61 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Waynesboro 50 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Walnut 34 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Summit 30 -
The Housing Authority of the City of Bay St. Louis - -
The Housing Authority of the City of Richton - -
The Housing Authority of the City of Shelby - -
The Housing Authority of the City of Waveland - -
The Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach - -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Mississippi has a total of 1,112 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 50,947 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 23,037 in Mississippi. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Mississippi.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view