Rental Housing In Tennessee

Tennessee Rental Overview

The population of Tennessee, according to the 2010 Census, is 6,346,105. The total number of households in the state is 2,493,552. The average household size for Tennessee is 2.42. The total number of renter households in the state is 792,960 which means that 31.8% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Tennessee is ranked 33rd 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 Tennessee is $731 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Tennessee ranks 35th 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 Tennessee is 79,311 representing a vacancy rate of 9.1%. Among all U.S. states, Tennessee ranks 42nd 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, Tennessee’s rental housing portfolio is performing below the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 395 28,969
Section 202 195 7,413
Section 811 64 714
Section 515 321 11,150
RDRA 257 7,013
LIHTC 808 46,068
Senior 403 22,138
Public Housing 121 14,467
Section 8 Voucher 87 36,405
Total 1,536 83,397
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 Tennessee there are 87 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Tennessee is 54.30. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Memphis at 19,249 units and the smallest is Cooksville at 1 unit(s). 403 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 22,138 units. Of the 83,397 units, 43,854 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 Tennessee ranked by federally assisted units

There are 94 counties or county equivalents in Tennessee. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Shelby County at 927,644 and the smallest is Pickett County at 5,077. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Davidson County at 44.08% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Moore County at 16.49%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Tennessee ranges from a low of 25.8 units per 1,000 renter households in Lincoln County to a high of 409.3 units per 1,000 renter households in Lake County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Tennessee is 132.7 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Tennessee. 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
Shelby County 19,397
Davidson County 11,801
Knox County 5,517
Hamilton County 4,111
Rutherford County 2,410
Madison County 2,029
Sullivan County 1,755
Washington County 1,730
Sumner County 1,638
Wilson County 1,228
Bradley County 1,155
Anderson County 1,083
Montgomery County 1,061
Dickson County 946
Coffee County 943
Greene County 820
Maury County 789
Tipton County 757
Putnam County 726
McMinn County 719
Gibson County 652
Robertson County 651
Hamblen County 644
Roane County 629
Lauderdale County 624
Hawkins County 598
Dyer County 584
Campbell County 565
Warren County 557
Henry County 549
Carter County 546
Haywood County 539
Cocke County 531
Blount County 505
Obion County 504
Sevier County 503
Marshall County 483
Bedford County 467
Loudon County 465
Weakley County 455
Cumberland County 449
Hardin County 447
Giles County 435
Lake County 397
Fayette County 394
Fentress County 385
Lawrence County 378
Monroe County 371
Williamson County 370
Scott County 312
Chester County 294
Jefferson County 290
Union County 279
Cheatham County 276
Franklin County 270
Smith County 262
Wayne County 256
Johnson County 252
Hardeman County 245
Overton County 241
Bledsoe County 234
Macon County 234
Henderson County 228
Hickman County 219
Jackson County 213
Claiborne County 210
McNairy County 208
Marion County 207
Grundy County 207
Unicoi County 202
Benton County 200
Cannon County 190
Hancock County 189
Rhea County 186
Humphreys County 170
Sequatchie County 167
Carroll County 136
Lewis County 136
Clay County 130
Grainger County 129
Polk County 120
White County 106
Stewart County 101
Pickett County 100
Morgan County 96
Lincoln County 86
Houston County 84
Decatur County 82
Moore County 81
Perry County 80
Crockett County 72
Van Buren County 57
Meigs County 48
Trousdale County 32

Affordable Housing by City in Tennessee ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 224 cities in Tennessee that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 646,889, Memphis has the largest population of these cities. There are 197 Federally assisted housing communities in Memphis which are home to about 19,249 families, most of which are lower income families.

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

CityTotal Units
Memphis 19,249
Nashville 7,782
Knoxville 5,306
Chattanooga 3,391
Jackson 2,023
Johnson City 1,675
Kingsport 1,622
Murfreesboro 1,175
Madison 1,134
Cleveland 1,131
Antioch 1,091
Clarksville 1,062
Hermitage 966
Lebanon 882
Gallatin 854
Dickson 848
Tullahoma 750
Smyrna 733
Greeneville 703
Covington 685
Columbia 667
Morristown 644
Athens 579
Oak Ridge 570
Dyersburg 551
Paris 549
Newport 531
Brownsville 499
Cookeville 485
Elizabethton 468
Ripley 462
Crossville 449
Springfield 443
Shelbyville 442
Lewisburg 426
Goodlettsville 400
Savannah 398
Maryville 393
Hendersonville 387
Jamestown 385
Sevierville 384
La Vergne 380
Clinton 378
Rockwood 374
Union City 372
Pulaski 363
Lawrenceburg 359
Hixson 323
Fairview 320
Mcminnville 317
Oneida 297
Henderson 294
Lenoir City 288
Tiptonville 280
Maynardville 279
Martin 278
Ashland City 275
Bristol 275
Mount Juliet 274
Rogersville 272
Smithville 269
La Follette 261
Mountain City 252
Somerville 250
Livingston 241
Pikeville 234
Old Hickory 229
Jefferson City 212
Powell 211
Lexington 208
Erwin 202
Camden 200
Waynesboro 199
Manchester 193
Sneedville 189
Nashville davidson 188
Milan 188
Centerville 187
Trenton 179
Madisonville 174
Portland 172
Bolivar 171
White House 168
Greenbrier 168
Dunlap 167
New Tazewell 158
Loudon 157
Mc Minnville 152
Winchester 151
Carthage 150
Ooltewah 144
East Ridge 140
Lafayette 140
Hohenwald 136
Harriman 136
Woodbury 134
Celina 130
Rutledge 129
Algood 129
Selmer 128
Waverly 128
Tracy City 124
Dresden 123
Jellico 123
Jasper 122
Mufreesboro 122
Jacksboro 120
Church Hill 120
Kingston 119
Ridgely 117
Greenville 117
South Fulton 116
Gainesboro 114
Sweetwater 109
Jonesborough 109
Dyer 108
Humboldt 107
Sparta 106
Dayton 104
Byrdstown 100
Alcoa 100
Westmoreland 97
Wartburg 96
Benton 96
Red Boiling Springs 94
Huntsville 90
Henning 88
Fayetteville 86
South Pittsburg 85
Erin 84
Parsons 82
Spring City 82
Millington 81
Lynchburg 81
Soddy-daisy 80
Adamsville 80
White Bluff 74
Dover 74
Ardmore 72
Decatur 72
Huntingdon 72
Gordonsville 72
Monterey 71
Seymour 69
Gallaway 68
Etowah 68
Bulls Gap 64
Tellico Plains 64
Lafollette 61
Decherd 60
Cowan 59
Spencer 57
Alamo 56
Greenfield 54
Tazewell 52
Halls 51
Norris 51
Franklin 50
Pigeon Forge 50
Linden 48
Bells 48
Savannnah 48
Morrison 48
Dandridge 48
Mt. Juliet 48
Soddy Daisy 48
Munford 48
Englewood 48
Lake City 44
Mcewen 42
Clifton 41
Baxter 40
Stanton 40
South Carthage 40
Oliver Springs 40
Rossville 36
Monteagle 35
Collierville 35
Cornersville 33
Newbern 33
Spring Hill 32
Bruceton 32
Arlington 32
Mc Kenzie 32
Hartsville 32
Lyles 32
Lobelville 32
White Pine 30
Helenwood 30
Whiteville 30
Cumberland City 27
25
Mason 24
Niota 24
Gray 24
Vonore 24
Ducktown 24
Charlotte 24
Toone 24
Charleston 24
Watertown 24
Gruetli laager 24
Moscow 24
Chapel Hill 24
Coalmont 24
Gates 23
Bradford 22
Alexandria 20
Lenior City 20
Kenton 20
Middleton 20
Wartrace 20
Loretto 19
Medina 16
Collinwood 16
Troy 16
Oakland 16
Louisville 12
Rutherford 12
Scotts Hill 12
Huron 8
Unionville 5
Cooksville 1
Saltillo 1

Housing Authorities in Tennessee 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 87 housing authorities in Tennessee. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 87 housing authorities, 28.7% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Tennessee by total housing assistance units managed is Metropolitan Development & Housing Agency with 12,169 public housing units under management (5,383 public housing units and 6,786 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Tennessee 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
Metropolitan Development & Housing Agency 5,383 6,786
Memphis Housing Authority 2,703 6,809
Knoxville 3,661 3,975
Chattanooga Housing Authority 2,873 3,568
Tennessee Housing Development Agency - 6,181
Jackson Housing Authority 802 1,419
Kingsport Housing And Redevelopment Authority 520 1,242
Lafollette Housing Authority 1,115 328
Johnson City Housing Authority 747 627
Morristown Housing Authority 667 424
Murfreesboro Housing Authority 329 634
Dickson Housing Authority 125 694
East Tennessee Human Resource Agency - 784
Maryville Housing Authority 399 356
Crossville Housing Authority 316 346
Dayton Housing Authority 300 354
Elizabethton Housing And Development Agency 324 329
Cleveland Housing Authority 432 208
Cookeville Housing Authority 577 -
Bristol Housing 353 200
The Clarksville Housing Authority 507 -
Dyersburg Housing Authority 499 -
Athens Housing Authority 438 52
Gallatin Housing Authority 427 -
McMinnville Housing Authority 424 -
Oak Ridge Housing Authority 127 295
Shelbyville Housing Authority 417 -
Newport Housing Authority 400 -
Tullahoma Housing Authority 269 116
Springfield Housing Authority 379 -
Lebanon Housing Authority 354 -
Harriman Housing Authority 333 -
Brownsville Housing Authority 115 216
Greeneville Housing Authority 324 -
Lawrenceburg Housing Authority 302 -
Martin Housing Authority 298 -
Columbia Housing And Redevelopment Corporatio 290 -
Union City Housing Authority 280 -
Fayetteville Housing Authority 276 -
Ripley Housing Authority 265 -
Etowah Housing Authority 134 122
Franklin Housing Authority 251 -
Franklin County Housing Authority 247 -
Sevierville Housing Authority 245 -
Covington Housing Authority 244 -
Humboldt Housing Authority 229 -
Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency - 227
Lewisburg Housing Authority 216 -
Pulaski Housing Authority 210 -
Trenton Housing Authority 209 -
Rogersville Housing Authority 204 -
South Pittsburg Housing Authority 202 -
Jefferson City Housing Authority 198 -
Paris Housing Authority 192 -
Smithville Housing Authority 182 -
Sparta Housing Authority 162 -
Sweetwater Housing Authority 157 -
Shelby County Housing Authority 42 113
Huntingdon Housing Authority 148 -
McKenzie Housing Authority 148 -
Clinton Housing Authority 148 -
Newbern Housing Authority 145 -
Lenoir City Housing Authority 138 -
Rockwood Housing Authority 124 -
Jellico Housing Authority 122 -
Loudon Housing Authority 121 -
Portland Housing Authority 120 -
Lexington Housing Authority 119 -
Bolivar Housing Authority 119 -
Mt. Pleasant Housing Authority 116 -
Hohenwald Housing Authority 116 -
Oliver Springs Housing Authority 113 -
Grundy Housing Authority 110 -
Lafayette Housing Authority 102 -
Milan Housing Authority 100 -
Woodbury Housing Authority 100 -
Millington Housing Authority 89 -
Parsons-Decaturville Housing Authority 74 -
Erwin Housing Authority 73 -
Waverly Housing Authority 70 -
South Carthage Housing Authority 70 -
Manchester Housing Authority 69 -
Livingston Housing Authority 65 -
Savannah Housing Authority 62 -
Erin Housing Authority 60 -
Gallaway Housing Authority 59 -
Hartsville Housing Authority 33 -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Tennessee has a total of 1,536 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 83,397 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 46,068 in Tennessee. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Tennessee.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view