Rental Housing In Missouri

Missouri Rental Overview

The population of Missouri, according to the 2010 Census, is 5,988,927. The total number of households in the state is 2,375,611. The average household size for Missouri is 2.42. The total number of renter households in the state is 742,001 which means that 31.23% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Missouri is ranked 36th 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 Missouri is $714 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Missouri ranks 38th 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 Missouri is 62,443 representing a vacancy rate of 7.8%. Among all U.S. states, Missouri ranks 31st 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, Missouri’s rental housing portfolio is performing at the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 359 23,087
Section 202 146 7,639
Section 811 65 999
Section 515 606 14,628
RDRA 566 8,398
LIHTC 1,342 45,936
Senior 489 19,202
Public Housing 89 6,777
Section 8 Voucher 130 42,397
Total 2,202 84,745
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 Missouri there are 130 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Missouri is 38.50. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Saint Louis at 16,798 units and the smallest is Lake Saint Louis at 1 unit(s). 489 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 19,202 units. Of the 84,745 units, 39,494 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 Missouri ranked by federally assisted units

There are 112 counties or county equivalents in Missouri. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is St Louis County at 998,954 and the smallest is Worth County at 2,171. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is St Louis city at 54.65% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Ralls County at 17.55%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Missouri ranges from a low of 1.3 units per 1,000 renter households in St Louis city to a high of 1730.5 units per 1,000 renter households in Pike County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Missouri is 168.3 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Missouri. 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
Jackson County 18,843
Greene County 3,429
Clay County 2,820
Jasper County 2,593
Jefferson County 1,998
Buchanan County 1,505
Platte County 998
Cass County 916
Boone County 836
Cole County 820
Franklin County 702
Marion County 696
Cape Girardeau County 664
Scott County 626
Christian County 604
St Louis County 592
Dunklin County 585
New Madrid County 567
Lincoln County 548
Phelps County 522
Henry County 485
Howell County 477
Taney County 476
Johnson County 468
Laclede County 454
Lawrence County 454
Lafayette County 440
Stoddard County 436
Pemiscot County 403
Butler County 401
Saline County 400
Callaway County 391
Pettis County 387
Warren County 386
Miller County 364
Pulaski County 352
Texas County 351
Newton County 350
Polk County 346
Nodaway County 346
Montgomery County 343
Ray County 340
Barry County 336
Crawford County 332
Camden County 317
Webster County 305
Adair County 302
Grundy County 297
Pike County 292
Cedar County 286
DeKalb County 284
Livingston County 283
Vernon County 280
Moniteau County 271
Caldwell County 267
Lewis County 263
Daviess County 262
Cooper County 262
Audrain County 259
Bates County 256
Barton County 255
Macon County 250
Mississippi County 242
Randolph County 232
Benton County 222
Perry County 209
Linn County 200
Harrison County 196
Sullivan County 180
Andrew County 175
Madison County 173
Morgan County 172
Dallas County 167
Wright County 164
Shelby County 156
Stone County 151
Washington County 146
Dent County 144
Gentry County 144
Chariton County 141
Clinton County 136
Iron County 136
St Charles County 135
Carroll County 131
Douglas County 118
Gasconade County 118
Putnam County 117
Shannon County 112
Dade County 108
Bollinger County 107
Ripley County 104
St Louis city 101
Hickory County 99
Oregon County 96
Wayne County 92
St Francois County 87
Carter County 84
Howard County 76
McDonald County 72
Osage County 72
Monroe County 72
Mercer County 67
Schuyler County 64
Ozark County 62
Clark County 56
Reynolds County 53
Ralls County 48
Knox County 48
Maries County 43
Worth County 28
Atchison County 24
Scotland County 12

Affordable Housing by City in Missouri ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 469 cities in Missouri that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 459,787, Kansas City has the largest population of these cities. There are 372 Federally assisted housing communities in Kansas City which are home to about 16,525 families, most of which are lower income families.

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

CityTotal Units
Saint Louis 16,798
Kansas City 16,525
Springfield 3,035
Independence 2,543
Joplin 1,549
Saint Joseph 1,101
Blue Springs 812
Florissant 617
Wentzville 609
Carthage 606
Columbia 602
Jefferson City 598
Grandview 589
Saint Charles 508
Hannibal 496
Cape Girardeau 488
Jennings 473
University City 460
Festus 456
Rolla 442
Lebanon 426
Pevely 424
Normandy 417
Sedalia 387
Troy 368
Poplar Bluff 363
Farmington 350
Marshall 339
Nixa 338
Kennett 337
Clinton 336
Warrensburg 332
Portageville 328
Imperial 312
Excelsior Springs 310
St. Joseph 306
Liberty 281
Raytown 278
Sikeston 278
Kirksville 274
Chillicothe 271
Park Hills 270
Nevada 268
Trenton 266
Bolivar 264
Webb City 260
Neosho 256
Branson 253
Maryville 251
Belton 248
Richmond 248
Eldon 248
Fulton 246
Boonville 246
Dexter 244
Saint Ann 239
High Ridge 238
Harrisonville 237
Cameron 237
Moberly 228
Lee 227
Gallatin 226
Wellsville 225
Mexico 215
Willow Springs 210
Perryville 209
Kirkwood 207
Hayti 207
De Soto 204
Hazelwood 202
Saint Robert 200
Gladstone 198
Ozark 194
Pacific 191
Ellisville 185
Lamar 185
O Fallon 184
Camdenton 183
Warrenton 182
Oak Grove 181
Savannah 175
Macon 175
California 174
Wright City 172
Monett 172
Butler 170
Marshfield 169
Scott City 168
Hollister 167
Saint Peters 166
Lees Summit 166
Crystal City 164
Cuba 164
Cabool 163
Jackson 160
St. Charles 160
Shrewsbury 157
Sullivan 155
Webster Groves 151
West Plains 151
Louisiana 148
Buffalo 147
Fredericktown 147
Potosi 146
Senath 144
Overland 144
Fenton 140
Black Jack 138
Braymer 136
Concordia 136
Aurora 132
Wellston 130
Pleasant Hill 127
Desloge 126
Salem 126
Centralia 124
Bethany 124
Stockton 123
Warsaw 122
Smithville 120
Palmyra 120
Bonne Terre 119
Ava 118
Pine Lawn 118
Unionville 117
Maplewood 117
Mountain View 116
Caruthersville 116
Eldorado Springs 115
North Kansas City 114
Mountain Grove 114
Lexington 111
Republic 108
Marble Hill 107
East Prairie 106
Odessa 105
Charleston 104
Duenweg 104
Kinloch 104
Willard 104
Doniphan 104
Montgomery City 102
Chaffee 100
Carrollton 99
St Joseph 98
Tipton 97
Thayer 96
Steelville 96
Anderson 96
Windsor 96
Saint Clair 96
Union 96
Osage Beach 95
Purdy 92
Dixon 90
Buckner 90
Licking 90
Jefferson Cty 90
Holden 88
Arnold 88
Canton 87
Lewistown 84
Kearney 82
Holts Summit 81
Steele 80
St Clair 80
Albany 80
Winfield 80
New Madrid 80
Hamilton 79
Mount Vernon 76
Greenfield 76
Laplata 75
Ste. Genevieve 74
Piedmont 74
Cassville 72
Platte City 72
Elsberry 72
Howardville 72
Crane 72
Versailles 72
Monroe City 72
Houston 71
Lake Ozark 71
Keytesville 69
Owensville 68
Plattsburg 68
St Peters 66
Bridgeton 65
Parkville 65
Riverside 64
Hillsboro 64
New Franklin 64
Paris 64
Milan 64
Clarksville 63
Gainesville 62
Eureka 62
Mt Vernon 62
Shelbina 60
Garden City 60
Strafford 60
O 60
Linn 60
Weston 60
Parma 60
Seymour 60
Peculiar 59
Ste Genevieve 58
Forsyth 56
Lawson 56
Lincoln 56
Green City 56
Brookfield 56
Malden 54
Raymore 54
Clarence 52
Arcadia 52
Drexel 52
Princeton 51
Hermann 50
Adrian 50
El Dorado Springs 48
Bowling Green 48
House Springs 48
Kahoka 48
Ironton 48
Van Buren 48
Winona 48
Birch Tree 48
Kaiser 48
Pierce City 48
Stanberry 48
New Haven 48
Puxico 48
Archie 47
Slater 47
Battlefield 46
Brunswick 44
Cole Camp 44
Bismarck 44
Marceline 44
Ravenwood 44
Ash Grove 44
Laurie 44
Advance 44
Seneca 44
Valley Park 42
Breckenridge Hills 42
Waverly 42
O'fallon 40
Labelle 40
Carl Junction 40
Pagedale 40
Flat River 40
Miner 40
Auxvasse 40
Ellington 40
Hermitage 40
Stover 40
Spanish Lake 40
Humansville 40
Noel 40
Clay Co. 38
Dardenne Prairie 38
Marionville 37
Orrick 36
Rich Hill 36
Kimberling City 36
Wheaton 36
Wheatland 36
Vienna 32
Shelbyville 32
Ewing 32
Vandalia 32
Leasburg 32
Liberal 32
Branson West 32
Sarcoxie 32
Sturgeon 32
Russellville 32
Bertrand 32
Billings 32
Bernie 32
Leadwood 32
Fordland 32
Hallsville 32
Rogersville 32
Saint James 32
Washington 30
Kirkwood, Mo 30
Dearborn 30
Salisbury 28
Conway 28
Golden City 27
Campbell 26
Mansfield 26
Osceola 25
Knob Noster 24
Ellsinore 24
Viburnum 24
Breckenridge 24
Tarkio 24
Higginsville 24
Ashland 24
Waynesville 24
Taos 24
Lathrop 24
Holt 24
Oran 24
Bell City 24
Laclede 24
Summersville 24
Greentop 23
Weaubleau 23
Union Star 23
Ferguson 22
Richland 22
Downing 21
Urich 21
Lockwood 20
St Martins 20
Meadville 20
Osborn 20
Pattonsburg 20
Marthasville 20
Edina 20
Alba 20
Fair Grove 20
Urbana 20
Appleton City 20
Ridgeway 20
Sparta 20
Clarksdale 20
Granby 20
Queen City 20
Clever 20
Mt. Vernon 20
Bloomfield 20
Marston 19
Galt 19
Freistatt 19
Bunker 18
Wellington 18
Federicktown 18
St. Clair 18
Frankford 17
Bourbon 16
Novinger 16
Otterville 16
Maysville 16
New Bloomfield 16
Baring 16
Calhoun 16
Polo 16
Delta 16
Eminence 16
Macks Creek 16
Crocker 16
Eolia 16
Fisk 16
Old Monroe 16
Hale 16
Jamesport 16
Bucklin 16
Hopkins 16
Sheridan 16
Eugene 16
Perry 16
Green Castle 16
Eagleville 16
Mercer 16
Norborne 16
Morrisville 16
Barnett 16
Benton 16
New London 16
Creighton 16
King City 16
Pleasant Hope 16
Deepwater 16
Purdin 16
Raymondville 15
Burlington Junction 15
Matthews 14
Berkeley 14
Williamsville 14
Newtown 13
Centerville 13
Grandin 12
Grovespring 12
Annapolis 12
St Mary 12
Pineville 12
Diamond 12
Gorin 12
Schell City 12
Kidder 12
Treloar 12
St. Martins 12
Blythedale 12
Lewiston 12
Humphreys 12
Verona 12
Exeter 12
Cainsville 12
South West City 12
Gerald 12
Essex 12
Hartsburg 12
Bethel 12
Fayette 12
Moscow Mills 12
Knox City 12
Iberia 12
Clearmont 12
Linneus 12
Chilhowee 12
Freeburg 12
Cardwell 12
Wardsville 12
New Hampton 12
Walnut Grove 12
Everton 12
Laredo 12
Brashear 12
Saint Martins 12
Niangua 12
Centertown 12
Wheeling 12
Leeton 12
Browning 12
Laddonia 12
Grant City 12
Dudley 12
Trimble 12
Hornersville 12
Mindenmines 11
Galena 11
Harris 11
Belle 11
Rocheport 10
Fair Play 10
Lilbourn 10
Cleveland 8
Pollock 8
Blackburn 8
Marquand 8
Mokane 8
Philadelphia 8
Wayland 8
La Grange 8
Elmo 8
High Hill 8
Madison 8
Neelyville 8
Jonesburg 8
East Lynne 8
Gilliam 6
Cairo 4
Corder 4
Northwoods 2
Des Peres 2
Lake Saint Louis 1
Lake St. Louis 1
St Louis Co 1
Bel nor 1
Olivette 1
Richmond Heights 1

Housing Authorities in Missouri 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 130 housing authorities in Missouri. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 130 housing authorities, 26.9% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Missouri by total housing assistance units managed is Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri with 9,829 public housing units under management (1,925 public housing units and 7,904 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Missouri 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 Kansas City, Missouri 1,925 7,904
St. Louis Housing Authority 2,956 6,870
Housing Authority of St. Louis County 370 6,479
St. Francois County Public Housing Agency - 2,227
Independence Housing Authority 522 1,647
Lincoln County Public Housing Agency - 2,094
Housing Authority of the City of Columbia, MO 705 1,132
Springfield Housing Authority 759 754
St. Clair County Housing Authority - 1,291
St. Joseph Housing Authority 172 935
Franklin County Public Housing Agency - 1,030
Housing Authority of the City of Joplin, MO 275 532
Lee's Summit Housing Authority 116 649
Phelps County Public Housing Agency - 756
Housing Assistance Prog of St Charles County - 715
Howell County Public Housing Agency - 690
Grundy County Public Housing Agency - 682
Dallas County Public Housing Agency-Oacac - 588
Housing Authority of the City of Poplar Bluff 575 -
Housing Authority of the City of Jefferson 317 231
Housing Authority of the City of Sikeston 245 300
Housing Authority of the City of West Plains 272 205
Housing Authority of the City of Sedalia, MO 193 270
Lafayette County Housing Authority - 418
Housing Authority of the City of Hannibal 249 168
Boone County Public Housing Agency - 401
Pulaski County Housing Authority - 394
Housing Authority of the City of Mexico 207 150
Ripley County Public Housing Agency - 356
Jasper County Public Housing Agency - 354
Liberty Housing Authority - 343
Housing Authority of the City of St. Charles 70 265
Excelsior Springs Housing Authority 165 166
Scotland County Public Hsg Agency - 329
Housing Authority of the City of Kirksville 128 200
Marshall Housing Authority 224 103
Housing Authority of the City of Rolla 150 160
Housing Authority of the City of Fulton 199 110
Housing Authority of the City of Caruthersville 304 -
Housing Authority of the City of Kennett 300 -
Nevada Housing Authority 200 88
Housing Authority of the City of Charleston 277 -
Richmond Housing Authority 118 129
Housing Authority of the City of Moberly 246 -
ABCD Housing Agency - 227
Housing Authority of the City of East Prairie 120 98
Maryville Housing Authority 128 88
Wellston Housing Authority 201 -
Chillicothe Housing Authority 98 89
Nodaway County Housing Authority - 187
Lebanon Housing Authority 162 -
Housing Authority of the City of Hayti 156 -
Carrollton Housing Authority 70 86
Clinton Housing Authority 150 -
Community Housing Network - 150
Housing Authority of the City of Houston 65 83
Housing Authority of the City of Chaffee 145 -
Housing Authority of the City of Dexter 136 -
Housing Authority of the City of Mountain Grove 135 -
Housing Authority of the City of Portageville 119 -
Housing Authority of the City of Potosi 116 -
Webb City Housing Authority 107 -
Smithville Housing Authority 106 -
Housing Authority of the City of Bowling Green 105 -
Housing Authority of the City of Macon 104 -
Ray County Housing Authority - 102
Housing Authority of the City of Kirkwood 100 -
Noel Housing Authority 100 -
Housing Authority of the City of New Madrid 99 -
Housing Authority of the City of Malden 97 -
Housing Authority of the City of Steele 94 -
Richland Housing Authority 93 -
Housing Authority of the City of Salem 90 -
Housing Authority of the City of Cameron 85 -
Housing Authority of the City of Hayti Heights 84 -
Housing Authority of the City of Cabool 36 46
Housing Authority of the City of Pagedale 82 -
Brookfield Housing Authority 82 -
Weston Housing Authority - 82
Neosho Housing Authority 79 -
Housing Authority of the City of Vandalia 78 -
Bethany Housing Authority 77 -
Osceola Housing Authority 76 -
Higginsville Housing Authority 76 -
Housing Authority of the City of Clarkton 75 -
Housing Authority of the City of Mansfield 75 -
Marceline Housing Authority 71 -
Aurora Housing Authority 64 -
Housing Authority of the City of Ava 32 30
Housing Authority of the City of Bernie 60 -
Housing Authority of the City of Campbell 56 -
Housing Authority of the City of Festus 56 -
Republic Housing Authority 55 -
Housing Authority of the City of Boonville 50 -
Housing Authority of the City of Fayette 50 -
New Madrid Public Housing Agency - 50
Lexington Housing Authority 50 -
Housing Authority of the City of Oran - 49
Housing Authority of Southwest City 48 -
Housing Authority of the City of Bloomfield 46 -
Anderson Housing Authority 46 -
Housing Authority of the City of Memphis 44 -
Mound City Housing Authority 44 -
Branson Housing Authority 40 -
Lawson Housing Authority 40 -
Tarkio Housing Authority 37 -
Slater Housing Authority 37 -
Housing Authority of the City of Thayer 35 -
Housing Authority of the City of Gideon 34 -
Housing Authority of the City of Senath 32 -
Housing Authority of the City of Hornersville 30 -
Housing Authority of the City of Glasgow 30 -
Housing Authority of the City of Illmo 30 -
Housing Authority of the City of Lancaster 30 -
Housing Authority of the City of Sainte Genevieve 30 -
Plattsburg Housing Authority 30 -
Pineville Housing Authority 30 -
Brunswick Housing Authority 30 -
Housing Authority of the City of Wardell 29 -
Housing Authority of the City of Morehouse 27 -
Princeton Housing Authority 27 -
Housing Authority of the City of Norwood 26 -
Housing Authority of the City of Alton 25 -
Housing Authority of the City of Holcomb 24 -
Lanagan Housing Authority 24 -
Marionville Housing Authority 24 -
Housing Authority of the City of Cardwell 22 -
Housing Authority of the City of Hillsdale 22 -
Housing Authority of the City of Olivette 14 -
Warrensburg Housing Authority - -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Missouri has a total of 2,202 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 84,745 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 45,936 in Missouri. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Missouri.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view