Rental Housing In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Rental Overview

The population of Pennsylvania, according to the 2010 Census, is 12,702,379. The total number of households in the state is 5,018,904. The average household size for Pennsylvania is 2.39. The total number of renter households in the state is 1,527,182 which means that 30.43% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Pennsylvania is ranked 39th 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 Pennsylvania is $800 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Pennsylvania ranks 26th 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 Pennsylvania is 99,499 representing a vacancy rate of 6.1%. Among all U.S. states, Pennsylvania ranks 13th 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, Pennsylvania’s rental housing portfolio is performing above the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 630 52,707
Section 202 277 15,744
Section 811 113 1,138
Section 515 238 7,954
RDRA 192 5,226
LIHTC 1,195 33,789
Senior 645 31,410
Public Housing 211 9,049
Section 8 Voucher 90 79,204
Total 2,128 99,517
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 Pennsylvania there are 90 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Pennsylvania is 46.80. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Philadelphia at 21,165 units and the smallest is Airville at 1 unit(s). 645 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 31,410 units. Of the 99,517 units, 73,515 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 Pennsylvania ranked by federally assisted units

There are 65 counties or county equivalents in Pennsylvania. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Philadelphia County at 1,526,006 and the smallest is Cameron County at 5,085. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Philadelphia County at 45.89% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Forest County at 17.92%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Pennsylvania ranges from a low of 29.2 units per 1,000 renter households in Perry County to a high of 280.7 units per 1,000 renter households in Potter County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Pennsylvania is 132.1 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Pennsylvania. 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
Philadelphia County 21,141
Allegheny County 18,911
Luzerne County 4,072
Montgomery County 3,062
Westmoreland County 3,057
Erie County 2,758
Dauphin County 2,689
Delaware County 2,624
York County 2,538
Northampton County 2,360
Lancaster County 2,357
Berks County 2,316
Lehigh County 2,249
Lackawanna County 2,102
Chester County 2,070
Mercer County 1,906
Bucks County 1,750
Blair County 1,718
Beaver County 1,659
Washington County 1,647
Cumberland County 1,570
Fayette County 1,435
Northumberland County 1,090
Somerset County 1,090
Franklin County 1,073
Butler County 1,010
Centre County 982
Schuylkill County 968
Cambria County 957
Lycoming County 956
Lawrence County 942
Lebanon County 912
Venango County 825
Crawford County 650
Adams County 642
Monroe County 605
Clearfield County 570
Bradford County 455
Carbon County 431
Indiana County 412
Jefferson County 405
Greene County 401
Clarion County 395
Columbia County 390
Clinton County 382
Elk County 341
Armstrong County 320
Union County 307
Susquehanna County 290
Bedford County 269
McKean County 267
Warren County 249
Mifflin County 208
Montour County 191
Potter County 183
Snyder County 183
Wayne County 173
Huntingdon County 164
Juniata County 141
Perry County 108
Cameron County 107
Sullivan County 102
Tioga County 77
Wyoming County 63
Forest County 54

Affordable Housing by City in Pennsylvania ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 457 cities in Pennsylvania that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 1,526,006, Philadelphia has the largest population of these cities. There are 588 Federally assisted housing communities in Philadelphia which are home to about 21,165 families, most of which are lower income families.

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

CityTotal Units
Philadelphia 21,165
Pittsburgh 11,617
Harrisburg 1,970
Erie 1,969
York 1,525
Scranton 1,509
Reading 1,425
Chester 1,410
Bethlehem 1,391
Allentown 1,250
Altoona 1,127
Greensburg 999
Uniontown 994
Wilkes-barre 911
New Castle 781
Williamsport 758
Washington 605
Easton 603
Chambersburg 587
Mechanicsburg 558
Edwardsville 545
Shippensburg 541
West Mifflin 527
Butler 519
Duquesne 509
Somerset 500
Coraopolis 479
Coatesville 442
Columbia 436
Sharon 429
Franklin 427
State College 415
Norristown 397
Meadville 377
New Brighton 377
Carnegie 366
Aliquippa 365
Spring City 359
Gettysburg 357
Wilkes Barre 354
Monroeville 353
Hanover Township 352
Cornwells Hts 352
Johnstown 340
Beaver Falls 338
Scattered 316
Pottstown 314
Philipsburg 300
Greenville 298
Latrobe 298
Tyrone 296
East Stroudsburg 293
Verona 293
Harleysville 282
Whitehall 279
Munhall 273
Phoenixville 262
Pottsville 261
Sharon Hill 258
West Grove 256
North Versailles 253
Bangor 253
Waynesboro 251
Bellefonte 250
Indiana 250
Natrona Heights 242
Farrell 237
Hermitage 236
Sunbury 234
Middletown 227
Mountville 226
Towamencin Twp. 225
Hanover 223
Carlisle 221
New Kensington 221
Stonycreek Township 220
Waynesburg 219
Braddock Hills 219
Warminster 218
Carbondale 216
Wilkinsburg 216
Grove City 210
Crafton 207
Turtle Creek 206
Brownsville 205
West Chester 202
Connellsville 202
Boothwyn 201
Shillington 201
Beaver 201
Delmont 194
Canonsburg 193
Danville 191
Athens 186
Bradford 183
Carmichaels 182
Camp Hill 181
Telford 178
Punxsutawney 178
Clarion 177
Titusville 176
Oil City 174
Northampton 172
Penn Hills 171
Bloomsburg 170
Red Hill 168
Patton 166
Oakdale 164
Braddock 164
Douglassville 162
Dallas 160
Girard 160
Charleroi 158
Corry 158
Catasauqua 156
Seneca 152
Parkesburg 152
Quakertown 152
Bridgeville 152
Doylestown 152
Warren 152
Pittston 149
Bedford 149
Tarentum 147
Palmyra 142
Freeland 142
Bethel Park 140
Coal Township 140
Emmaus 140
Dover 138
Rankin 138
Oxford 136
Elizabethtown 135
St Marys 135
Shamokin 134
Berwyn 134
Red Lion 132
Dillsburg 132
Olyphant 132
Mount Carmel 130
Milton 130
Baden 130
Ford City 129
Stewartstown 129
Curwensville 128
Brookhaven 128
West Middlesex 128
Watsontown 126
West Newton 126
Donora 125
Arnold 125
Tamaqua 124
Brookville 123
Morrisville 122
Millersville 121
Stroudsburg 120
Mount Pocono 120
Selinsgrove 119
Darby 118
Catawissa 116
Clark Summit 115
Scottdale 113
Millvale 112
Newtown 111
Ebensburg 111
Slippery Rock 111
Whiteoak 108
Emporium 107
Monaca 107
Edinboro 107
East Pittsburgh 107
Troy 106
Clearfield 105
Cresson 105
California 104
Sharpsville 103
Dushore 102
Shrewsbury 102
New Oxford 102
Dubois 102
Windber 102
Flourtown 101
Yeadon 101
Upper Chichester 101
Topton 101
Hamburg 101
Bentleyville 101
West Pittston 100
Greesburg 100
Souderton 100
Jamestown 100
Woodlyn 100
Oakmont 100
Boalsburg 100
Union City 99
Mercer 99
Mount Joy 99
Albion 98
Fountain Hill 97
Belle Vernon 96
Boiling Springs 96
Mt. Pleasant 94
Bensalem 94
Cranberry Twp 92
Mohnton 92
Muncy 90
Everett 88
Mount Pleasant 88
Saint Marys 87
Conway 85
Elysburg 85
Schwenksville 85
New Bethlehem 83
Enola 81
Coopersburg 81
Clarks Summit 81
Newport 80
Sellersville 80
Quarryville 80
Orwigsburg 80
Meyersdale 80
Ridgway 80
Montrose 80
East Brady 79
Imperial 78
Myerstown 76
Harborcreek 76
Nanticoke 76
Elkins Park 75
Ephrata 72
Mountaintop 72
Mt Pleasant 72
Monongahela 72
Boyertown 72
Cresco 72
Pitcairn 72
Salix 70
Ellwood City 70
Northern Cambria 70
White Oak 68
Bath 67
Derry 66
North Franklin 65
Sayre 65
Glen Mills 65
Gibsonia 65
Elizabethville 64
Upland Borough 64
Ardmore 64
Brockway 64
Towanda 64
Bristol 62
Mifflintown 62
Wexford 61
Ambler 60
Montoursville 60
Fairless Hills 60
North Versailles 60
Shrewsbury Twp. 60
Waymart 60
Roaring Spring 58
Clymer 58
Claysburg 58
Wyoming 56
New Holland 56
Wind Gap 56
Zelienople 55
Shinglehouse 55
Nazareth 55
Tionesta 54
Mifflinburg 54
Frackville 53
Tidioute 53
Saxonburg 52
Pine Grove 52
West Lawn 52
Clairton 52
Hollidaysburg 51
Cranberry Township 50
Wayne 50
Great Bend 50
Duncanville 50
Nesquehoning 50
Susquehanna 50
Stoneboro 50
Forest City 50
Thompsontown 50
Palmerton 50
Exton 49
Fairview 49
Berwick 48
Sandy Lake 48
Montgomery 48
Rochester 48
Northumberland 48
Tremont 48
West View 47
Exeter 46
Millville 45
Slatington 44
Rimersburg 44
Wilmerding 43
Williamsburg 43
Downingtown 43
Cambridge Springs 43
Dormont 43
Conshohocken 43
Blairsville 42
Ulysses 42
New Eagle 42
Reynoldsville 40
Dallastown 40
North East 40
Glen Lyon 40
Collegeville 40
Pleasant Gap 40
Wheatland 40
Middleburg 40
Hallstead 40
Russellton 40
Mercersburg 40
Gilbertsville 40
Confluence 40
Mill Hall 40
Factoryville 39
Findlay 38
Halifax 38
Harrison City 38
Walnutport 37
Birdsboro 36
Nanty Glo 36
Avonmore 36
Mount Holly Springs 36
Finleyville 36
Belleville 36
Emlenton 36
Clintonville 36
Sharpsburg 36
Atglen 35
Gallitzin 35
Ashland 35
Bellwood 35
Berlin 34
Denver 34
Fairchance 34
Shenandoah 34
Canton 34
Orbisonia 32
Beech Creek 32
Royersford 32
Salisbury 32
Galeton 32
Saxton 32
Reedsville 32
Ellsworth 31
Portage 31
West Pittsburgh 30
Conneautville 30
Rockwood 30
West Pittsburg 30
New Stanton 30
Weatherly 30
Coudersport 30
Port Royal 29
Duncannon 28
Woolrich 28
New Freedom 28
Stoystown 28
West York 28
Chicora 27
West Reading 27
Wellsboro 27
Womelsdorf 27
Parker 27
Aspers 26
Vandergrift 26
Coaldale 25
Forest Hills 25
Tower City 25
Central City 24
New Columbia 24
Dalmatia 24
Export 24
Fredonia 24
Millersburg 24
Claysville 24
Plymouth 24
Nicholson 24
Three Springs 24
Beaver Springs 24
Robesonia 24
Sheffield 24
Summit Hill 24
Petersburg 24
Springboro 24
Saltsburg 24
Wampum 23
Turbotville 23
Greencastle 23
Waterford 22
Monessen 22
Annville 22
Scottsdale 22
Weedville 22
Coplay 21
West Milton 20
Harford Twp 20
Schuykl Havn 20
Swissvale 20
Russell 20
Eric 20
Avis 20
Dravosburg 20
Newville 20
Seward 20
Port Vue 19
East Berlin 19
Shoemakersville 18
Robinson 18
Girardville 16
Steelton 15
Freemansburg 15
Perkasie 15
Weford 14
Colver 14
Upper Darby 14
Feasterville 13
Willow Grove 13
Trucksville, 13
Coalport 12
Spangler 11
New Philadelphia 11
Benton 11
Alburtis 10
New Berlin 10
Aston 9
Penn 8
New Wilmington 8
Stowe 8
New Cumberland 8
Bradenville 8
Aliquipppa 8
Clinton 8
New Hope 8
Swissvdale 7
Paradise 6
Bala Cynwyd 6
Cheswick 5
Wynnewood 3
Bensalem Township 3
Abington 3
Orrtanna 2
Clifton Heights 2
Collingdale 2
North Braddock 2
Airville 1
Glenolden 1

Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania 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 90 housing authorities in Pennsylvania. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 90 housing authorities, 88.9% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Pennsylvania by total housing assistance units managed is Philadelphia Housing Authority with 34,992 public housing units under management (15,421 public housing units and 19,571 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Pennsylvania 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
Philadelphia Housing Authority 15,421 19,571
Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh 4,734 7,084
Allegheny County Housing Authority 3,014 5,715
Bucks County Housing Authority 648 3,410
Westmoreland County Hsg Authority 1,865 1,929
Housing Authority County of Delaware 609 2,813
Montgomery County Housing Authority 448 2,864
Housing Authority of the City of Erie 1,848 1,134
Harrisburg Housing Authority 1,728 1,137
Allentown Housing Authority 1,212 1,461
Housing Authority of the City of York 1,089 1,559
Housing Authority of the County of Beaver 1,871 718
Housing Authority of the County of Luzerne 1,349 1,115
Fayette County Housing Authority 1,320 1,086
Chester Housing Authority 771 1,566
Scranton Housing Authority 1,291 1,006
Johnstown Housing Authority 1,506 775
Reading Housing Authority 1,609 604
Housing Authority of the County of Chester 305 1,760
Lackawanna County Housing Authority 1,128 871
Housing Authority of the County of Butler 452 1,529
Bethlehem Housing Authority 1,453 497
Lehigh County Housing Authority 289 1,652
Washington County Housing Authority 890 1,007
Housing Authority of the County of Dauphin 727 1,072
Wilkes Barre Housing Authority 856 786
The Housing Auth of the City of Lancaster 564 1,003
Housing Authority of the County of Cumberland 208 1,331
Housing Authority of the City of McKeesport 991 545
Altoona Housing Authority 534 935
Schuylkill County Housing Authority 609 631
Housing Auth Co of Lawrence 835 392
Housing Authority of the County of Lebanon 403 740
Housing Authority of the County of Lycoming 443 675
Northampton County Housing Authority 106 909
Housing Authority of the County of Erie 120 895
Mercer County Housing Authority 642 332
Lancaster County Housing Authority - 962
Easton Housing Authority 368 562
Berks County Housing Authority 209 682
Pottsville Housing Authority 508 371
Housing Authority of the County of Armstrong 526 264
The Housing Authority of Monroe County 300 475
Housing Authority of Indiana County 158 569
Housing Authority of the County of Franklin 364 311
Wayne County Housing Authority - 675
Tioga County Housing Authority 458 213
Housing Auth of the County of Northumberland 200 464
Bradford County Housing Authority 400 264
The Housing Authority of the City of Hazleton 299 347
Centre County Housing Authority 20 624
Housing Authority of the County of Huntingdon 314 307
Carbon County Housing Authority 153 447
Adams County Housing Authority - 600
Housing Authority of the County of Blair 84 492
Housing Authority of the County of McKean 216 356
Housing Authority of the County of Jefferson 286 263
Sunbury Housing Authority 306 240
The Housing Auth of the City of Carbondale 345 171
Housing Authority of the City of Meadville 347 155
Housing Authority of the County of Clarion 40 461
The Housing Auth of the County of Mifflin 279 220
Housing Authority of the County of Union - 499
Columbia County Housing Authority 70 413
The Housing Auth of the City of Nanticoke 419 51
The Wyoming Co Housing & Redevelopment Auth 65 397
The Housing Authority of Clinton County 457 -
Housing Authority of the City of Pittston 302 147
Shamokin Housing Authority 202 221
Housing Authority of the County of Venango 20 394
Housing Authority of the County of Elk 175 221
Housing Authority of the City of Dubois 190 192
Snyder County Housing Authority 40 292
Housing Authority of the County of Bedford 23 307
Housing Authority of the City of Oil City 148 167
Housing Authority of the County of Greene 284 30
Somerset County Housing Authority 221 91
Bradford City Housing Authority 200 112
Clearfield County Housing Authority 180 122
Housing Authority of the County of Warren 234 65
Susquehanna Co Housing/Redevelopment Auth 43 253
County of Potter Housing Authority - 295
Titusville Housing Authority 150 126
The Housing Authority of Montour County 115 156
Housing Authority of the City of Corry 75 159
Housing Authority of the City of Franklin 99 128
Connellsville Housing Authority 200 -
1260 Housing Development Corporation - 50
Sullivan County Housing Authority - 36
Fulton County Housing Authority - -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Pennsylvania has a total of 2,128 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 99,517 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 52,707 in Pennsylvania. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Pennsylvania.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view