Rental Housing In New Jersey

New Jersey Rental Overview

The population of New Jersey, according to the 2010 Census, is 8,791,894. The total number of households in the state is 3,214,360. The average household size for New Jersey is 2.55. The total number of renter households in the state is 1,111,895 which means that 34.59% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, New Jersey is ranked 12th 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 New Jersey is $1,156 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, New Jersey ranks 5th 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 New Jersey is 80,919 representing a vacancy rate of 6.8%. Among all U.S. states, New Jersey ranks 18th 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, New Jersey’s rental housing portfolio is performing above the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 453 48,288
Section 202 141 9,144
Section 811 148 902
Section 515 63 2,790
RDRA 55 1,866
LIHTC 587 28,489
Senior 183 11,333
Public Housing 126 10,957
Section 8 Voucher 107 70,052
Total 1,271 87,327
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 New Jersey there are 107 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in New Jersey is 68.70. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Newark at 13,044 units and the smallest is North Plainfield at 2 unit(s). 183 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 11,333 units. Of the 87,327 units, 59,253 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 New Jersey ranked by federally assisted units

There are 21 counties or county equivalents in New Jersey. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Bergen County at 905,116 and the smallest is Salem County at 66,083. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Hudson County at 67.92% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Sussex County at 15.7%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in New Jersey ranges from a low of 32.2 units per 1,000 renter households in Sussex County to a high of 622.6 units per 1,000 renter households in Mercer County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in New Jersey is 142.8 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in New Jersey. 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
Essex County 19,562
Hudson County 9,790
Camden County 9,081
Mercer County 5,724
Monmouth County 5,390
Passaic County 5,294
Union County 5,037
Middlesex County 4,974
Atlantic County 4,118
Bergen County 2,893
Ocean County 2,626
Burlington County 2,557
Gloucester County 2,123
Morris County 1,885
Cumberland County 1,662
Salem County 1,120
Somerset County 1,050
Cape May County 586
Hunterdon County 549
Warren County 362
Sussex County 277

Affordable Housing by City in New Jersey ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 332 cities in New Jersey that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 277,140, Newark has the largest population of these cities. There are 137 Federally assisted housing communities in Newark which are home to about 13,044 families, most of which are lower income families.

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

CityTotal Units
Newark 13,044
Jersey City 5,776
Trenton 4,231
Camden 3,819
Paterson 3,210
East Orange 2,819
Atlantic City 2,496
Elizabeth 1,795
Orange 1,264
New Brunswick 1,122
Hoboken 1,022
Plainfield 1,004
West New York 933
Pine Hill 860
Wayne 846
Asbury Park 820
Cherry Hill 797
Edison 757
Freehold 686
Lakewood 614
North Bergen 608
Clifton 603
Bridgeton 598
Vineland 597
Fort Lee 592
Passaic 562
Sicklerville 550
Rahway 542
Keyport 540
Woodbury 534
Irvington 515
Maple Shade 508
Englewood 507
Montclair 503
Pennsauken 478
Bayonne 472
Union City 442
Toms River 430
Pleasantville 429
Millville 419
West Orange 417
Hamilton 404
Neptune 402
North Brunswick 395
Voorhees 375
Brick 370
Union 362
Hazlet 352
Fairview 351
Parlin 331
Westfield 327
Old Bridge 322
Bridgewater 317
Salem 301
Glassboro 299
Linden 298
North Bergen Twp. 297
Roselle 296
Penns Grove 288
Basking Ridge 287
Browns Mills 286
Barrington 284
Long Branch 280
Parsippany 273
Burlington 263
Mullica Hill 262
Bloomfield 253
Lincroft 249
Jackson 249
Tinton Falls 239
Tenton 233
Cranford 231
Morristown 229
Somers Point 228
Mount Holly 228
Carneys Point 227
Glendora 224
Dover 217
Carteret 215
Lambertville 213
Nutley 210
Lawrenceville 210
Haddonfield 206
Eatontown 200
Spotswood 200
Bayville 197
Lindenwold 191
East Brunswick 184
Westwood 183
Hampton 180
Egg Harbor 178
Wall Township 176
Somerville 174
Hammonton 174
Bordentown Township 168
Red Bank 167
Lumberton 166
Monmouth Junction 164
Verona 162
Caldwell 159
Belvidere 159
Teaneck 157
Middletown 152
Ventnor City 150
West Long Branch 150
Sparta 150
Paulsboro 150
Cedar Grove 150
Merchantville 148
South River 148
Sewell 147
Maywood 142
North Wildwood 142
Williamstown 141
Mount Laurel 140
Blackwood 139
Springfield 137
Bordentown 137
Princeton 136
Bergenfield 135
Clayton 133
Florham Park 133
Plainsboro 126
Haddon Heights 124
Audubon 123
Kearny 123
Metuchen 122
Landing 122
Maplewood 120
Woodbine 120
Penn Grove 120
East Windsor 117
Lawrence Township 117
Howell Township 115
Highland Park 113
Wildwood 112
Somerset 110
Flanders 110
Keansburg 109
Hackensack 109
West Berlin 108
Matawan 108
Hillsdale 106
Pennsville 106
Leonia 105
Ledgewood 105
South Plainfield 104
Willingboro 104
Little Egg Harbor Twp 103
Oceanport 101
Gloucester City 101
Wharton 101
Bridgton 100
Sayreville 100
Ramsey 100
Milville 99
Pequannock 99
Pompton Lakes 99
Butler 97
Ocean 96
Port Monmouth 96
Turnersville 96
Dumont 94
Perth Amboy 94
Oakhurst 93
Phillipsburg 92
Howell 92
Wrightstown 92
North Hanover 88
Minotola 88
Avenel 88
Franklin Township 87
Cape May 87
Middlesex 87
Tuckerton 87
West Windsor Township 85
Galloway 84
East Windsor Township 84
Dover Township 84
Kendall Park 84
Stafford Township 84
Barnegat 83
Manchester Twp 83
Runnemede 82
Hackettstown 81
Lawnside 80
Deptford 80
South Brunswick 80
Whitehouse Station 79
Woodstown 78
Camden City 78
Evesham Township 75
North Cape May 75
Margate 75
Cresskill 75
West Deptford 75
Mount Ephraim 74
Garfield 72
Paramus 72
Atco 72
Swedesboro 72
Weehawken Twp. 71
Newton 71
Harbor City 70
Denville 70
Pennsauken Township 70
Princenton 67
South Orange 66
Gibbstown 62
West Windsor 61
White House Station 60
Neptune City 60
Ocean City 60
Atlantic Highland 58
Edgewater 57
Manchester Township 57
Egg Harbor City 57
Manchester 56
Rutherford 56
Hainesport 55
Pine Brook 52
Hamilton Township 52
Jamesburg 52
Montville 52
Little Egg Harbor 51
Stirling 51
Oak Ridge 50
Bedminster 50
Port Norris 48
Chesilhurst 46
Mantua 46
Weehawken 46
Ridgefield Park 45
Moorestown 45
Franklin 44
Mendham 40
South Amboy 40
Chester 38
Erial 37
Belcoville 36
Brick Township 36
Park Ridge 36
Tenafly 35
West Creek 32
Robbinsville 30
Mt Royal 26
Florence Township 25
River Vale 24
Delran 23
New Providence 22
Evesham 22
West Milford 21
Cranbury 21
Egg Harbor Township 21
Peapack 20
Roosevelt 20
Morris Twp. 15
Marlton 15
Closter 14
Springfield Township 13
Manalapan 12
Voorhees Township 12
Sussex 12
Hawthoren 12
Absecon 11
West Caldwell 11
Ridgewood 10
Ewing Township 10
Hope 10
Hamilton Twp 8
Washington Boro 8
Piscataway Township 8
Delaware Township 8
Midland Park 8
Alpha 8
Medford 8
Haworth 7
Wayne Township 7
Belleville 7
Southampton 6
Fanwood 6
Glen Rock 6
Milford 6
Columbia 6
Randolph 6
May Landing 6
Warren 6
Shrewsbury 6
Monroe Township 6
Livingston 5
Piscataway 5
Boonton 5
Lanoka Harbor 5
Lacey Township 5
Budd Lake 4
Middletown Township 4
Whippany 4
Roxbury 4
Mullica 4
Egg Harbor Twp 4
Farmingdale 4
Mount Olive 4
Kenvil 4
Haledon 4
Hillside 4
South Orange Villag Township 3
Glen Ridge 3
Readington Township 3
Edison Township 3
Northfield 3
Pohatcong 3
Neptune Township 3
South Orange Village 3
South Bound Brook 3
Dunellen 3
Cinnaminson 3
Washington 3
Maplewood Township 3
North Plainfield 2
Florence -
Mount Royal -
Flemington -
Atlantic Highlands -
South Hackensack -
Ewing -
Pennington -
Bellmawr -
Tewksbury -
Westville -
Pilesgrove -
Manahawkin -
Woolwich Twp -

Housing Authorities in New Jersey 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 107 housing authorities in New Jersey. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 107 housing authorities, 54.2% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in New Jersey by total housing assistance units managed is State of NJ Dept. of Comm. Affairs with 21,813 public housing units under management (0 public housing units and 21,813 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in New Jersey 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
State of NJ Dept. of Comm. Affairs - 21,813
Newark Housing Authority 8,174 6,590
Jersey City Housing Authority 2,551 3,806
Bergen County Housing Authority 503 3,586
Housing Authority of the City of Camden 1,812 1,424
Housing Authority of the City of Passaic 699 1,828
Housing Authority And Urban Redevelopment Age 1,522 945
Elizabeth Housing Authority 1,322 1,103
Paterson Housing Authority 1,163 1,166
Gloucester County Housing Authority 262 1,943
Monmouth County PHA - 1,889
Hoboken Housing Authority 1,352 326
Trenton Housing Authority 1,581 -
Bayonne Housing Authority 1,279 252
Perth Amboy Housing Authority 641 820
North Bergen Housing Authority 985 457
Long Branch Housing Authority 523 866
New Brunswick Housing Authority 415 903
Plainfield Housing Authority 464 744
East Orange Housing Authority 241 943
West New York Housing Authority 715 462
Union City Housing Authority 455 693
Housing Authority of the City of Orange 390 741
Housing Authority of the Township of Lakewood 268 831
Housing Authority of the City of Paterson - 1,071
Lakewood Township Residential Assistance Prog - 1,066
Woodbridge Housing Authority 565 405
Vineland Housing Authority 600 347
Morris County Housing Authority 304 634
Irvington Township Housing Authority 657 240
Asbury Park Housing Authority 586 278
Passaic County Housing Authority - 835
Carteret Housing Authority 252 464
Cliffside Park Housing Authority 354 347
Housing Authority of the Borough of Lodi 220 477
Millville Housing Authority 491 191
Warren County Housing Authority - 666
Neptune Housing Authority 345 318
Morristown Housing Authority 470 184
Englewood Housing Authority 152 501
Bridgeton Housing Authority 448 203
Burlington County Housing Authority - 628
Phillipsburg Housing Authority 577 -
Housing Authority City of Linden 201 357
N.j. Hsg. And Mortgage Finance Agcy - 539
Edison Housing Authority 159 375
Fort Lee Housing Authority 40 490
Secaucus Housing Authority 275 250
Hackensack Housing Authority 504 -
Hunterdon County Division of Housing - 477
Rahway Housing Authority 274 188
Garfield Housing Authority 455 -
Pleasantville Housing Authority 206 245
Guttenberg Housing Authority 251 198
Weehawken Housing Authority 99 350
Brick Housing Authority 266 142
Middlesex County - 400
Union County Housing Authority - 371
Red Bank Housing Authority 90 260
Housing Authority of the Township of Middleto 99 245
Keansburg Housing Authority 80 249
Madison Housing Authority 133 190
Montclair Housing Authority - 321
Dover Housing Authority 59 248
Glassboro Housing Authority 179 112
Franklin Housing Authority 50 230
Bloomfield Township HA - 270
Highland Park Housing Authority 124 145
Harrison Housing Authority 268 -
Clifton Housing Authority - 264
South Amboy Housing Authority 152 111
Boonton Housing Authority 74 159
Hamilton Township HA - 222
Phillipsburg DCD - 210
Princeton Housing Authority 209 -
Salem Housing Authority 178 30
Old Bridge Housing Authority - 204
Summit Housing Authority 195 -
Penns Grove Housing Authority 151 35
Edgewater Housing Authority 30 154
Sayreville Housing Authority - 174
Somerville Housing Authority - 170
Wildwood Housing Authority 168 -
Union Township Housing Authority - 163
Borough of Clementon Housing Authority 70 69
Cherry Hill Housing Authority - 131
Highlands Housing Authority 125 -
Ocean City Housing Authority 121 -
West Orange Housing Authority - 120
Gloucester City Housing Authority 105 -
Hightstown Housing Authority 100 -
Haddon Housing Authority 100 -
Berkeley Housing Authority 70 25
Collingswood Housing Authority 95 -
Burlington Housing Authority 90 -
Manville Housing Authority - 90
Freehold Housing Authority 85 -
Cape May Housing Authority 84 -
Newton Housing Authority 80 -
Pennsauken Housing Authority - 76
Collaborative Support Programs of NJ - 75
Beverly Housing Authority 71 -
Buena Housing Authority 60 -
Florence Housing Authority 50 -
Belmar Housing Authority 50 -
Community Enterprises Corporation - 50
Jersey City Episcopal Cdc - 50

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, New Jersey has a total of 1,271 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 87,327 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 Project Based Section 8 Program is the largest assistance program by unit count. The program assists 48,288 in New Jersey. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in New Jersey.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view