Rental Housing In North Carolina

North Carolina Rental Overview

The population of North Carolina, according to the 2010 Census, is 9,535,483. The total number of households in the state is 3,745,155. The average household size for North Carolina is 2.38. The total number of renter households in the state is 1,247,255 which means that 33.3% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, North Carolina is ranked 17th 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 North Carolina is $761 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, North Carolina ranks 27th 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 North Carolina is 125,599 representing a vacancy rate of 9.1%. Among all U.S. states, North Carolina ranks 43rd 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, North Carolina’s rental housing portfolio is performing well below the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 571 24,365
Section 202 343 7,203
Section 811 181 1,415
Section 515 544 19,222
RDRA 462 14,451
LIHTC 1,389 44,157
Senior 744 22,712
Public Housing 252 15,989
Section 8 Voucher 127 59,262
Total 2,502 85,428
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 North Carolina there are 127 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in North Carolina is 34.10. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Charlotte at 6,219 units and the smallest is Kings Mtn at 1 unit(s). 744 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 22,712 units. Of the 85,428 units, 41,431 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 North Carolina ranked by federally assisted units

There are 100 counties or county equivalents in North Carolina. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Mecklenburg County at 919,628 and the smallest is Tyrrell County at 4,407. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Durham County at 45.77% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Camden County at 17.85%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in North Carolina ranges from a low of 8.1 units per 1,000 renter households in Gates County to a high of 451.6 units per 1,000 renter households in Northampton County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in North Carolina is 128 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in North Carolina. 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
Wake County 7,257
Mecklenburg County 6,531
Durham County 4,592
Forsyth County 4,200
Guilford County 3,899
Buncombe County 2,528
Cumberland County 2,455
New Hanover County 2,109
Pitt County 1,940
Robeson County 1,883
Gaston County 1,796
Onslow County 1,527
Rockingham County 1,516
Alamance County 1,432
Johnston County 1,424
Catawba County 1,354
Cabarrus County 1,351
Iredell County 1,332
Wilson County 1,252
Vance County 1,151
Wayne County 1,138
Craven County 1,130
Cleveland County 997
Columbus County 996
Lee County 979
Harnett County 978
Edgecombe County 923
Halifax County 892
Richmond County 869
Nash County 864
Rowan County 859
Caldwell County 857
Randolph County 840
Moore County 829
Lenoir County 803
Carteret County 747
Burke County 727
Beaufort County 723
Surry County 712
Scotland County 681
Duplin County 664
Haywood County 653
Bladen County 644
Davidson County 632
Orange County 585
Pasquotank County 582
Rutherford County 492
Warren County 476
Stanly County 471
Franklin County 457
Hoke County 442
Wilkes County 431
Sampson County 427
Henderson County 418
Chatham County 404
Person County 394
Granville County 377
Stokes County 367
Martin County 357
Hertford County 355
Union County 346
McDowell County 315
Brunswick County 313
Anson County 311
Chowan County 297
Yadkin County 289
Ashe County 274
Caswell County 255
Northampton County 251
Transylvania County 250
Yancey County 248
Lincoln County 241
Watauga County 234
Pender County 217
Bertie County 200
Jackson County 179
Macon County 173
Washington County 164
Montgomery County 162
Mitchell County 153
Alleghany County 140
Greene County 137
Perquimans County 127
Alexander County 126
Polk County 124
Cherokee County 122
Avery County 119
Graham County 116
Davie County 111
Jones County 106
Dare County 97
Swain County 84
Pamlico County 74
Clay County 72
Currituck County 51
Hyde County 47
Tyrrell County 41
Madison County 41
Gates County 7
Camden County 7

Affordable Housing by City in North Carolina ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 322 cities in North Carolina that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 731,424, Charlotte has the largest population of these cities. There are 121 Federally assisted housing communities in Charlotte which are home to about 6,219 families, most of which are lower income families.

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

CityTotal Units
Charlotte 6,219
Raleigh 4,905
Durham 4,592
Greensboro 2,434
Asheville 2,196
Wilmington 2,109
Winston Salem 2,024
Fayetteville 1,818
Winston-salem 1,375
High Point 1,316
Jacksonville 1,251
Henderson 1,135
Wilson 1,103
Greenville 1,077
Sanford 979
Gastonia 878
Lumberton 866
Rocky Mount 862
Goldsboro 806
Burlington 795
Shelby 748
Hickory 744
Mooresville 728
Concord 727
Salisbury 720
New Bern 699
Kernersville 689
Lenoir 665
Kinston 644
Eden 641
Reidsville 625
Laurinburg 620
Rockingham 610
Statesville 604
Asheboro 558
Whiteville 553
Hope Mills 537
Elizabeth City 534
Roanoke Rapids 533
Smithfield 530
Washington 517
Dunn 474
Albemarle 464
Kannapolis 458
Southern Pines 443
Raeford 442
Morganton 436
Waynesville 417
Lexington 394
Roxboro 394
Maxton 388
Garner 381
Louisburg 357
Newton 355
Ayden 354
Clinton 345
Cary 342
Mebane 341
Wake Forest 337
Tarboro 332
Elizabethtown 331
Clayton 326
Havelock 318
Morehead City 315
Williamston 309
Marion 307
King 303
Pineville 300
Edenton 297
Siler City 296
Graham 292
Hendersonville 287
Bladenboro 263
Wadesboro 263
Forest City 263
Kings Mountain 262
Arden 262
Fuquay Varina 250
Brevard 250
North Wilkesboro 246
Ahoskie 245
Lincolnton 241
Yanceyville 241
Beaufort 240
Norlina 240
Belmont 234
Fuquay-varina 232
Mount Olive 232
Thomasville 232
Monroe 231
Mount Airy 230
Dallas 229
Aberdeen 229
Conover 228
Elkin 226
Boone 221
Chapel Hill 218
Burnsville 216
Fairmont 213
Burgaw 209
Carrboro 203
Hamlet 202
Newport 192
Jonesville 192
Tabor City 192
Nashville 189
Littleton 184
Sylva 179
Holly Springs 175
Franklin 173
Valdese 173
Rose Hill 169
Grifton 167
Butner 167
Wallace 166
Southport 166
Belhaven 166
Spring Lake 164
Lillington 162
Canton 160
Selma 156
Farmville 153
Granite Falls 152
Apex 152
Windsor 152
Troy 151
Angier 151
Zebulon 149
Chadbourn 148
Plymouth 148
Warsaw 147
Oxford 146
Wendell 144
Hillsborough 144
Wilkesboro 142
Saint Pauls 140
Warrenton 140
Jefferson 140
Sparta 140
Rutherfordton 139
Four Oaks 135
Swansboro 134
Winterville 129
Hertford 127
Taylorsville 126
Snow Hill 121
Pembroke 120
Benson 118
Erwin 118
Robbinsville 116
Cherryville 116
Vanceboro 113
Mocksville 111
Columbus 110
Pittsboro 108
Madison 108
Red Springs 104
Randleman 104
Princeville 102
West Jefferson 101
Dobson 100
Richlands 97
Kenly 96
Gibsonville 95
Mayodan 94
La Grange 93
Scotland Neck 90
Spring Hope 89
Spruce Pine 88
Liberty 86
Knightdale 86
Wingate 85
Bryson City 84
Shallotte 83
Roanoke Rapid 82
Ramseur 80
Walkertown 80
Huntersville 80
Franklinton 76
Clyde 76
Mount Holly 76
Enfield 75
Stanley 74
Fair Bluff 73
Pinetops 73
Sharpsburg 72
Hayesville 72
Morrisville 72
Drexel 70
Newland 67
Bakersville 65
Murfreesboro 65
Walnut Cove 64
Conway 64
Mt Airy 64
Hendersonvlle 64
Creedmoor 64
Winnabow 64
Andrews 63
Coats 63
Carthage 62
Gibson 61
Cornelius 60
Kenansville 60
Beulaville 60
Brown Summit 60
Fountain 60
Dudley 60
Murphy 59
Seaboard 59
Spindale 58
Bessemer City 58
Ellerbe 57
Bostic 56
Stoneville 54
Maysville 54
Yadkinville 54
Manteo 53
Trenton 52
Stantonsburg 50
Lagrange 50
Connelly Springs 48
Rich Square 48
Pilot Mountain 48
Aulander 48
Polkton 48
Elizabeth Cty 48
Robbins 47
Winton 45
Holly Ridge 45
Mt. Airy 44
Powells Point 44
Kill Devil Hills 44
Bayboro 44
Battleboro 44
Flat Rock 42
Black Mtn 42
Columbia 41
Fremont 40
Hudson 40
Cramerton 40
Aurora 40
Elk Park 40
Engelhard 40
High Shoals 40
Woodland 37
Rockwell 36
Roseboro 36
N Wilkesboro 36
Elm City 35
Mars Hill 34
W. Jefferson 33
Davidson 32
Rural Hall 32
Lake Lure 32
Cleveland 32
Burnsville, 32
Faison 32
Southern Pnes 32
Biscoe 30
Lake Waccamaw 30
China Grove 30
Granite Quarry 30
Marshville 30
Magnolia 30
Riegelwood 30
Red Springs 28
Boonville 28
Gaston 28
Maiden 27
Buies Creek 26
East Flat Rock 25
Weaverville 24
Alliance 24
Oak City 24
Halifax 24
Micro 24
Bunn 24
Rowland 24
Salemburg 24
Whitakers 24
Grover 24
Robersonville 24
Garland 22
Clarkton 20
Mount Gilead 18
Roper 16
Middlesex 16
Black Creek 16
Pink Hill 16
Hookerton 16
Kittrell 16
Vass 16
Princeton 16
Hamptonville 15
Jackson 15
Tryon 14
Blanch 14
Boiling Springs 13
Blowing Rock 13
Trinity 12
Banner Elk 12
Spencer 11
Currie 8
Old Fort 8
Hot Springs 7
Eure 7
N.wilkesboro 7
Pine Level 7
Candor 7
Fairfield 7
Poplar Branch 7
Shiloh 7
Albermarle 7
Grantsboro 6
Mount Pleasant 6
Jamestown 6
Elon College 6
Linwood 6
Elon 6
Black Mountain 4
Kings Mtn 1

Housing Authorities in North Carolina 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 127 housing authorities in North Carolina. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 127 housing authorities, 33.1% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in North Carolina by total housing assistance units managed is Housing Authority of the City of Charlotte with 8,215 public housing units under management (3,297 public housing units and 4,918 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in North Carolina 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 the City of Charlotte 3,297 4,918
Housing Authority of the City of Winston-Salem 1,347 4,626
Housing Authority of the City of Greensboro 2,387 3,202
Housing Authority of the City of Raleigh 1,381 3,869
Durham Housing Authority 1,845 2,734
Housing Authority of the City of Asheville 1,517 1,531
Housing Authority of the City of Wilmington 1,024 1,929
Fayetteville Metropolitan Housing Authority 973 1,844
Housing Authority of the City of High Point 1,130 1,484
Northwestern Regional Housing Authority 83 1,945
Gastonia Housing Authority 399 1,255
Economic Improvement Council, Inc. - 1,595
Housing Authority of the City of Kinston 764 765
Housing Authority of the City of Goldsboro 1,223 237
Housing Authority of the City of Greenville 714 746
Housing Authority of the City of Wilson 771 637
Isothermal Planning & Development Commission - 1,393
Housing Authority of the City of Lumberton 729 596
Roanoke-Chowan Regional Housing Authority 378 882
Statesville Housing Authority 490 704
The Graham Housing Authority 170 1,005
Western Piedmont Council of Governments - 1,074
Housing Authority of the Town of Laurinburg 499 530
Rocky Mount Housing Authority 750 266
Mountain Projects, Inc. - 1,008
Asheboro Housing Authority 200 783
North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs - 936
Sanford Housing Authority 445 464
Twin Rivers Opportunities Inc. - 880
Piedmont Triad Regional Council - 842
Rowan County Housing Authority 192 633
Lexington Housing Authority 268 521
City of Hickory Public Housing Authority 311 449
Washington Housing Authority 382 370
Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency, Inc. - 739
Mid-East Regional Housing Authority 193 537
Housing Authority of the County of Wake 341 387
Eastern Carolina Regional Housing Authority 717 -
Housing Authority of the City of Concord 174 541
Western Carolina Community Action, Inc. - 646
Orange County Housing Authority - 623
Johnston County Housing Assistance Payments Program - 619
Nash-Edgecombe Economic Development, Inc. - 585
Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc. - 579
Housing Authority of the City of New Bern 578 -
Sandhills Community Action Program, Inc. - 567
City of Albemarle Department of Public Housing 199 333
Monroe Housing Authority 205 318
Lincolnton Housing Authority 248 275
Choanoke Area Development Association, Inc. - 483
Brunswick County Public Housing Agency - 472
Four Square Community Action, Inc. - 469
Columbus County Public Housing Agency - 467
Chatham County Housing Authority - 460
Coastal Community Action, Inc. - 444
Four County Community Services, Inc. - 437
Housing Authority of the City of Salisbury 429 -
Hendersonville Housing Authority 375 -
Burlington Housing Authority 365 -
Thomasville Housing Authority 260 100
Town of Chapel Hill Department of Housing 335 -
Elizabeth City Housing Authority 330 -
The New Reidsville Housing Authority 99 220
Bladenboro Housing Authority 76 232
Williamston Housing Authority 150 157
Wadesboro Housing Authority 175 131
Housing Authority of the Town of Mount Airy 300 -
Robeson County Housing Authority 290 -
Rockingham Housing Authority 224 62
Greene County Public Housing Agency - 286
Oxford Housing Authority 277 -
Harnett County Housing - 277
Caswell County Housing Assistance Program - 267
Kings Mountain Housing Authority 249 -
Morganton Housing Authority 247 -
Roanoke Rapids Housing Authority 247 -
Pembroke Housing Authority 243 -
Town of East Spencer Housing Authority - 239
Madison County Housing Authority 40 191
Hamlet Housing Authority 230 -
Macon Program for Progress - 224
Pender County Housing Departmentment - 217
Roxboro Housing Authority 209 -
Smithfield Housing Authority 205 -
North Wilkesboro Housing Authority 203 -
Redevelopment Commission of the Town of Tarboro 193 -
Plymouth Housing Authority 190 -
Selma Housing Authority 183 -
Ayden Housing Authority 175 -
Farmville Housing Authority 174 -
Benson Housing Authority 173 -
City of Shelby, Department of Housing 172 -
Brevard Housing Authority 162 -
Lenoir Housing Authority 158 -
Forest City Housing Authority 149 -
Dunn Housing Authority 143 -
Valdese Housing Authority 121 -
Troy Housing Authority 82 25
Mooresville Housing Authority 106 -
Southern Pines Housing Authority 101 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Beaufort 100 -
Robersonville Housing Authority 100 -
The New Edenton Housing Authority 100 -
Ahoskie Housing Authority 100 -
Waynesville Housing Authority 99 -
Maxton Housing Authority 90 -
Hertford Housing Authority 85 -
Housing Programs of the Town of Murphy 84 -
Spruce Pine Housing Authority 84 -
The New Randleman Housing Authority 80 -
Vance County Housing Authority 75 -
Hot Springs Housing Authority 60 -
Whiteville Housing Authority 54 -
Clarkton Housing Authority 52 -
Fairmont Housing Authority 50 -
Andrews Housing Authority 50 -
Madison Housing Authority 49 -
Marshall Housing Authority 49 -
Belmont Housing Authority 49 -
Princeville Housing Authority 49 -
Mars Hill Housing Authority 47 -
City of Mount Holly, Dept. of Housing 46 -
Mount Gilead Housing Authority 30 -
Star Housing Authority 26 -
Elizabethtown Housing Authority 26 -
Mount Olive Housing Authority 20 -
Jackson County Public Housing Agency - -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, North Carolina has a total of 2,502 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 85,428 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 44,157 in North Carolina. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in North Carolina.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view