The population of Nevada, according to the 2010 Census, is 2,700,551. The total number of households in the state is 1,006,250. The average household size for Nevada is 2.47. The total number of renter households in the state is 414,770 which means that 41.22% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Nevada is ranked 5th 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 Nevada is $959 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Nevada ranks 14th for the highest median rent. Hawaii ranks first at $1,387 and West Virginia ranks last at $618. 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 Nevada is 56,094 representing a vacancy rate of 11.7%. Among all U.S. states, Nevada ranks 50th 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, Nevada’s rental housing portfolio is performing well below the National average.
|Project Based Section 8||38||3,182|
|Section 8 Voucher||3‡||14,425|
|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 Nevada there are 3 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.
The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Nevada is 91.20. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Las Vegas at 11,432 units and the smallest is Hawthorne at 8 unit(s). 86 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 5,403 units. Of the 23,806 units, 4,525 units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.
There are 15 counties or county equivalents in Nevada. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Clark County at 1,951,269 and the smallest is Eureka County at 1,987. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Clark County at 42.94% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Lincoln County at 27.36%.
The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Nevada ranges from a low of 11.1 units per 1,000 renter households in Mineral County to a high of 293.6 units per 1,000 renter households in Humboldt County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Nevada is 104.2 units per 1,000 renter households.
The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Nevada. 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.
|County||Sec 8||Sec 811||Sec 202||LIHTC||RD 515||Sr||Total Units|
|White Pine County||-||-||-||36||128||24||128|
We are tracking 40 cities in Nevada that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 2,700,551, East Ely has the largest population of these cities. There are 1 Federally assisted housing communities in East Ely which are home to about 44 families, most of which are lower income families.
The table below provides a summary of all Federally assisted housing communities by city in Nevada. 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 Nevada.
|City||Sec 8||Sec 811||Sec 202||LIHTC||RD 515||Sr||Total Units|
|North Las Vegas||279||-||67||1,245||-||138||1,585|
|N Las Vegas||-||-||-||70||-||70||70|
|N. Las Vegas||-||-||-||58||-||58||58|
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 3 housing authorities in Nevada. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 3 housing authorities, 66.7% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.
The largest housing authority in Nevada by total housing assistance units managed is Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority with 13,113 public housing units under management (2,959 public housing units and 10,154 Section 8 vouchers).
The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Nevada 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.
|Name||Public Housing Units||Section 8 Vouchers|
|Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority||2,959||10,154|
|Reno Housing Authority||750||2,658|
|Nevada Rural Housing Authority||-||1,613|
The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program is the largest assistance program by unit count. The program assists 18,404 in Nevada. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Nevada.
Average Household Size
Gross Rent Paid By All Renters
Vacant Units For Rent
Federally Assisted Units
Federally Assisted Projects
Tax Credit Projects/Units
Project Based Section 8 Projects/Units
Section 515 Projects/Units
Section 202 Projects/Units
Section 811 Projects/Units
RD Rental Assisted Projects/Units
Units with Project Based Rent Subsidy
Average Units Per Property