Rental Housing In Nevada

Nevada Rental Overview

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 202 17 968
Section 811 14 315
Section 515 64 1,981
RDRA 61 1,635
LIHTC 174 18,404
Senior 86 5,403
Public Housing 28 1,197
Section 8 Voucher 3 14,425
Total 261 23,806
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.

Affordable Housing by Counties in Nevada ranked by federally assisted units

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.

CountyTotal Units
Clark County 15,116
Washoe County 5,319
Carson City 718
Humboldt County 535
Elko County 494
Churchill County 416
Lyon County 357
Douglas County 262
Nye County 166
White Pine County 128
Pershing County 113
Lincoln County 82
Lander County 80
Eureka County 12
Mineral County 8

Affordable Housing by City in Nevada ranked by federally assisted units

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.

CityTotal Units
Las Vegas 11,432
Reno 4,426
North Las Vegas 1,585
Henderson 1,216
Carson City 798
Sparks 643
Winnemucca 535
Fallon 416
Laughlin 316
Elko 302
Mesquite 287
Sun Valley 250
Fernley 179
Lovelock 113
Wendover 108
Yerington 106
Ely 84
Battle Mountain 80
Gardnerville 76
N Las Vegas 70
Stateline 70
Overton 68
West Wendover 64
Tonopah 60
Boulder City 60
N. Las Vegas 58
Pahrump 53
Caliente 50
Dayton 48
East Ely 44
Minden 36
Parhump 33
Silver Springs 24
Searchlight 24
Jackpot 20
Panaca 20
Beatty 20
Pioche 12
Eureka 12
Hawthorne 8

Housing Authorities in Nevada 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 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.

NamePublic Housing UnitsSection 8 Vouchers
Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority 2,959 10,154
Reno Housing Authority 750 2,658
Nevada Rural Housing Authority - 1,613

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Nevada has a total of 261 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 23,806 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 18,404 in Nevada.




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