Rental Housing In Ohio

Ohio Rental Overview

The population of Ohio, according to the 2010 Census, is 11,536,504. The total number of households in the state is 4,603,435. The average household size for Ohio is 2.43. The total number of renter households in the state is 1,492,381 which means that 32.42% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Ohio is ranked 28th 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 Ohio is $708 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Ohio ranks 40th 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 Ohio is 132,729 representing a vacancy rate of 8.2%. Among all U.S. states, Ohio ranks 36th 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, Ohio’s rental housing portfolio is performing below the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 935 68,561
Section 202 394 17,498
Section 811 135 1,579
Section 515 367 13,822
RDRA 321 8,545
LIHTC 1,314 71,042
Senior 564 24,190
Public Housing 243 15,269
Section 8 Voucher 78 96,859
Total 2,683 159,041
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 Ohio there are 78 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Ohio is 59.30. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Columbus at 18,031 units and the smallest is New Phila at 2 unit(s). 564 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 24,190 units. Of the 159,041 units, 95,859 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 Ohio ranked by federally assisted units

There are 88 counties or county equivalents in Ohio. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Cuyahoga County at 1,280,122 and the smallest is Vinton County at 13,435. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Franklin County at 44.56% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Geauga County at 14.28%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Ohio ranges from a low of 44.9 units per 1,000 renter households in Noble County to a high of 332.3 units per 1,000 renter households in Vinton County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Ohio is 175.1 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Ohio. 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
Franklin County 23,326
Cuyahoga County 22,203
Hamilton County 15,310
Montgomery County 10,624
Lucas County 8,233
Summit County 6,748
Mahoning County 2,973
Lorain County 2,938
Stark County 2,712
Clermont County 2,572
Butler County 2,357
Trumbull County 2,326
Clark County 2,043
Licking County 1,965
Greene County 1,781
Warren County 1,687
Allen County 1,644
Portage County 1,603
Richland County 1,504
Wood County 1,359
Fairfield County 1,263
Belmont County 1,228
Columbiana County 1,215
Medina County 1,207
Delaware County 1,174
Hancock County 1,159
Ashtabula County 1,119
Miami County 1,076
Clinton County 1,058
Muskingum County 1,054
Scioto County 1,021
Huron County 998
Lake County 992
Wayne County 982
Sandusky County 937
Crawford County 914
Brown County 895
Washington County 867
Jackson County 857
Fayette County 841
Athens County 832
Hardin County 821
Logan County 804
Seneca County 799
Ross County 798
Tuscarawas County 788
Jefferson County 765
Marion County 755
Highland County 737
Fulton County 736
Perry County 714
Champaign County 700
Darke County 656
Madison County 637
Erie County 626
Knox County 623
Lawrence County 612
Union County 600
Guernsey County 596
Pike County 500
Mercer County 499
Auglaize County 491
Coshocton County 474
Wyandot County 434
Morrow County 428
Ashland County 419
Pickaway County 417
Hocking County 413
Preble County 401
Adams County 401
Ottawa County 395
Defiance County 381
Shelby County 380
Gallia County 375
Williams County 365
Carroll County 312
Putnam County 262
Meigs County 252
Vinton County 232
Holmes County 188
Harrison County 184
Henry County 177
Van Wert County 175
Paulding County 150
Monroe County 128
Morgan County 100
Geauga County 84
Noble County 48

Affordable Housing by City in Ohio ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 459 cities in Ohio that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 787,033, Columbus has the largest population of these cities. There are 233 Federally assisted housing communities in Columbus which are home to about 18,031 families, most of which are lower income families.

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

CityTotal Units
Columbus 18,031
Cleveland 14,966
Cincinnati 14,528
Toledo 7,943
Dayton 7,299
Akron 4,974
Youngstown 2,140
Canton 1,641
Springfield 1,634
Warren 1,442
Lima 1,375
Euclid 1,363
Miamisburg 1,228
Lorain 1,227
Hamilton 1,189
Elyria 1,124
East Cleveland 1,096
Middletown 1,014
Newark 989
Findlay 946
Mansfield 946
Lakewood 894
Lancaster 885
Grove City 869
Milford 793
Kent 790
Zanesville 786
Fairborn 761
Marion 755
Wilmington 752
Cleveland Heights 726
Reynoldsburg 684
Cuyahoga Falls 683
Bowling Green 652
Norwalk 640
Delaware 633
Medina 630
Canal Wnchstr 628
Bellefontaine 627
Ashtabula 610
Blacklick 607
Chillicothe 589
Tiffin 587
Marietta 558
Galloway 541
Kenton 541
Marysville 537
Sandusky 524
Jackson 521
Washington Court House 518
Xenia 512
Painesville 504
Hilliard 502
Kettering 500
Salem 499
Franklin 492
Wooster 488
Greenville 487
Canal Winchester 456
Portsmouth 450
Alliance 440
Athens 436
Cambridge 435
Troy 434
Westerville 431
Urbana 425
Fremont 425
Batavia 425
Hillsboro 421
Pataskala 421
Massillon 419
Niles 408
Celina 401
Centerville 382
Springdale 379
Fostoria 375
Trotwood 372
Coshocton 361
Tallmadge 349
Waverly 349
Amelia 347
Sidney 344
Logan 341
Wauseon 339
London 339
Defiance 333
Bucyrus 328
Ravenna 327
New Lexington 324
Perrysburg 321
Steubenville 320
Mayfield Heights 317
Georgetown 314
Lebanon 314
Bellbrook 312
Crestline 306
Cleveland Hts 302
Mount Vernon 302
Austintown 301
Ashland 299
New Boston 298
Bridgeport 296
Owensville 294
South Point 292
Brunswick 289
Shelby 288
Upper Sandusky 288
Piqua 286
Galion 280
Wapakoneta 267
E Cleveland 264
Port Clinton 261
Loveland 260
Avon 256
Barnesville 248
Mount Orab 244
Eaton 240
Lewis Center 235
Wellston 234
Willoughby 232
Ironton 232
Uhrichsville 231
Bryan 228
Clyde 225
Wadsworth 222
East Liverpool 222
Springboro 220
Nelsonville 218
South Lebanon 218
Gallipolis 217
Conneaut 213
Bellevue 208
Greenfield 208
Cortland 208
Garfield Heights 207
Dublin 207
Stow 205
Oregon 202
West Union 199
Barberton 199
Blanchester 197
Campbell 195
Gahanna 193
Archbold 191
Mayfield Hts. 191
Mount Gilead 190
Cleveland Hgts 190
Sunbury 184
Carrollton 184
Uniontown 182
Berea 180
Dover 180
Napoleon 177
Shaker Heights 177
Avon Lake 174
Bellaire 172
Johnstown 171
Belpre 171
Bay Village 169
New Carlisle 168
Windham 166
Willard 166
Lexington 164
Tipp City 163
Goshen 163
Circleville 163
Byesville 161
Van Wert 159
Streetsboro 158
Ashville 158
Urbancrest 158
Crooksville 156
Parma 153
Wheelersburg 152
Warrensville Hts 151
West Carrollton 150
North Baltimore 147
Forestville 144
Delphos 143
Shreve 142
Lincoln Heights 141
Ottawa 140
Calcutta 140
Heath 140
Jeffersonville 137
Oxford 137
Hebron 136
Carey 136
Bedford 134
South Charleston 131
Mechanicsburg 130
Plain City 128
Mc Arthur 128
Toronto 127
West Milton 125
Cadiz 124
Pomeroy 124
Cardington 120
Wintersville 120
Saint Clairsville 120
Jefferson 120
Millersburg 120
Frankfort 119
New Concord 116
Lisbon 116
Madison 114
Ada 112
Vandalia 111
Union City 109
Russells Point 109
Union 108
Utica 108
Woodsfield 108
Beavercreek 108
Englewood 107
Wellington 106
Malvern 104
Hubbard 104
Mcarthur 104
Williamsburg 103
Lucasville 101
Twinsburg 100
Cridersville 100
West Chester 100
The Plains 100
Rocky River 100
Maple Heights 99
Newcomerstown 98
Huron 98
Mt Vernon 96
Creston 96
Alger 96
Medway 96
Piketon 95
Columbiana 94
New Holland 92
New Matamoras 92
Newton Falls 92
Bethesda 92
West Lafayette 89
Ontario 88
Brookville 88
Bluffton 88
Somerset 88
Gibsonburg 87
Rittman 86
Nashport 86
Ripley 85
Powhatan Point 84
Middlefield 84
Delta 84
Mcconnelsville 84
Thurman 84
Sebring 82
Orrville 82
West Jefferson 82
University Hts 82
Highland Hills 81
Mason 80
Martins Ferry 80
Centerburg 80
Beach City 80
Garrettsville 80
Minford 80
Middleport 79
Peebles 79
New Richmond 79
Oak Hill 78
Mentor On The Lake 78
New London 76
Strasburg 76
Huber Heights 76
Washington C.h. 74
Swanton 74
Mt. Vernon 73
Baltimore 73
Bolivar 72
North Lewisburg 72
Waynesville 72
Loudonville 72
Shadyside 72
Laurelville 72
New Waterford 72
Obetz 70
Fairview Park 70
Killbuck 68
Roseville 68
Lodi 66
Paulding 66
Worthington 65
North Royalton 64
Camden 63
Boardman 63
Richwood 63
Germantown 62
Mingo Junction 62
Pleasantville 62
Canal Fulton 60
Antwerp 60
Versailles 60
Leesburg 60
Elmore 60
New Vienna 58
Bexley 56
West Unity 56
Doylestown 56
Beaver 56
Winchester 55
Sardinia 54
Lockland 54
Bedford Heights 54
Maumee 52
West Liberty 52
Norwood 52
Oberlin 51
Sabina 51
Silverton 50
Aberdeen 50
Maineville 50
Coldwater 50
Circleville Township 50
Oak Harbor 50
Moraine 50
Washingtn Court House 50
Leispic 50
Mount Healthy 50
Racine 49
Hicksville 48
Groveport 48
E. Palestine 48
Jamestown 48
Fayette 48
Mt. Sterling 48
Beloit 48
Bainbridge 48
Attica 48
Caldwell 48
Dunkirk 48
Rayland 48
Rockford 48
Rossford 48
Lynchburg 48
Danville 48
Perrysville 48
Smithfield 48
Ashley 47
Cleveland Hghts 47
New Philadelphia 47
Albany 46
Chesapeake 46
Solon 45
Coventry Township 45
Lowellville 44
Scio 44
Manchester 44
Walbridge 43
Mcdonald 42
Rio Grande 42
Proctorville 42
Dresden 42
Columbus Grove 42
Whitehall 41
Montpelier 41
Kingsville 40
Geneva 40
Willoughby Hills 40
Arlington 40
Brilliant 40
Girard 40
Baltic 40
Washingtonville 40
Bellville 40
Woodville 40
Louisville 40
New Middletown 40
Mt Sterling 40
New Lebanon 40
Morrow 40
Kingsville Township 40
Weston 40
Spencerville 38
New Carlisle 38
Kingston 36
Greenwich 36
West Alexandria 36
Carlisle 36
Rawson 36
Whitehouse 36
Rootstown 36
Orwell 36
Covington 35
North Olmsted 34
Pickerington 33
New Paris 32
West Salem 32
Chauncey 32
Bidwell 32
Plymouth 32
Lewisburg 30
Continental 30
Mantua 30
Fayetteville 30
Minster 30
Vincent 30
Thornville 30
Tuscarawas 29
Saint Paris 28
Lake Township 28
Felicity 28
Saint Marys 26
Junction City 24
Payne 24
Mentor Onthe Lake 24
Trenton 24
Coalton 24
Millersport 24
Gambier 24
Forest 24
Flushing 24
Mccomb 24
Minerva 24
Edgerton 24
Seaman 24
Oak Harboe 24
New Straitsville 24
Frazeysburg 24
Warsaw 24
Salineville 24
Cedarville 23
Beallsville 20
Craig Beach 20
Andover 20
E. Cleveland 19
Jackson Ctr 18
Jackson Center 18
Yellow Springs 17
Stockport 16
Hopedale 16
Convoy 16
Ravenna Township 16
Stryker 16
De Graff 16
Williamsport 16
Beverly 16
Gnadenhutten 13
Akron lakemore Village 11
Northwood 10
Clayton 10
Sycamore 10
Crystal Lakes 9
Beachwood 6
Lyndhurst 6
University Heights 6
Richmond Hts 6
Clarksburg 6
South Euclid 4
Springfield Township 4
Waynesburg 4
New Phila 2

Housing Authorities in Ohio 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 78 housing authorities in Ohio. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 78 housing authorities, 65.4% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Ohio by total housing assistance units managed is Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority with 24,710 public housing units under management (9,773 public housing units and 14,937 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Ohio 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
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority 9,773 14,937
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority 5,279 11,316
Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority 2,205 12,996
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority 4,295 4,975
Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority 3,100 4,516
Dayton Metropolitan Housing Authority 2,712 3,955
Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority 1,442 2,972
Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority 2,545 1,629
Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority 1,240 2,239
Butler Metropolitan Housing Authority 1,156 1,111
Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority 1,213 985
Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority 778 1,349
Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority 301 1,788
Greene Metropolitan Housing Authority 361 1,436
Mansfield Metropolitan Housing Authority - 1,735
Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority 240 1,457
City of Middletown - 1,662
Zanesville Metropolitan Housing Authority 674 939
Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority 885 616
Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority 668 818
Allen Metropolitan Housing Authority 246 1,041
Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority 227 1,047
Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority 224 923
Licking Metropolitan Housing Authority 99 1,030
Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority 219 906
Miami Metropolitan Housing Authority 127 985
Ashtabula Metropolitan Housing Authority 555 534
Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority 96 964
Columbiana Metropolitan Housing Authority 479 562
Belmont Metropolitan Housing Authority 714 275
Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority 71 833
Chillicothe Metropolitan Housing Authority 385 515
Cambridge Metropolitan Housing Authority 180 695
Hancock Metropolitan Housing Authority - 864
Parma Public Housing Agency 60 742
Pickaway Metropolitan Housing Authority 108 635
Warren Metropolitan Housing Authority 207 448
Knox Metropolitan Housing Authority - 652
Marion Metropolitan Housing Authority - 624
Pike Metropolitan Housing Authority 97 525
Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority 85 530
Tuscarawas Metropolitan Housing Authority - 574
Huron Metropolitan Housing Authority - 572
City of Marietta - 487
Hocking Metropolitan Housing Authority 179 306
Delaware Metropolitan Housing Authority - 441
Adams Metropolitan Housing Authority 141 288
Geauga Metropolitan Housing Authority 242 171
Logan County Metropolitan Housing Authority 100 296
Shelby Metropolitan Housing Authority 175 219
Coshocton Metropolitan Housing Authority 130 253
Sandusky Metropolitan Housing Authority 48 334
Jackson County Metropolitan Housing Authority 165 208
Fayette Metropolitan Housing Authority - 372
Perry County Metropolitan Housing Authority 118 218
Ironton Metropolitan Housing Authority 249 84
Gallia Metropolitan Housing Authority 143 184
Crawford Metropolitan Housing Authority - 324
Harrison Metropolitan Housing Authority 50 265
Darke County Metropolitan Housing Authority - 299
Clinton Metropolitan Housing Authority - 293
Henry Metropolitan Housing Authority - 228
Seneca Metropolitan Housing Authority - 203
Morgan Metropolitan Housing Authority 60 140
Vinton Metropolitan Housing Authority - 196
Monroe Metropolitan Housing Authority - 179
Williams Metropolitan Housing Authority - 161
New Avenues To Independence, Inc. - 125
Meigs Metropolitan Housing Authority - 125
Noble Metropolitan Housing Authority 28 92
Bowling Green Housing Agency - 119
Morrow Metropolitan Housing Authority - 102
Highland Metropolitan Housing Authority - 100
London Metropolitan Housing Authority 100 -
Brown Metropolitan Housing Authority 19 38
Preble Metropolitan Housing Authority - 52
Emerald Development And Economic Network - 50
Fulton Metropolitan Housing Authority - -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Ohio has a total of 2,683 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 159,041 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 71,042 in Ohio. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Ohio.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view