Rental Housing In Wisconsin

Wisconsin Rental Overview

The population of Wisconsin, according to the 2010 Census, is 5,686,986. The total number of households in the state is 2,279,768. The average household size for Wisconsin is 2.37. The total number of renter households in the state is 728,210 which means that 31.94% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Wisconsin is ranked 31st 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 Wisconsin is $758 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Wisconsin ranks 32nd for the highest median rent. Hawaii ranks first at $1,387 and West Virginia ranks last at $618. 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 Wisconsin is 42,051 representing a vacancy rate of 5.6%. Among all U.S. states, Wisconsin ranks 10th 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, Wisconsin’s rental housing portfolio is performing well above the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 526 30,144
Section 202 157 4,926
Section 811 52 493
Section 515 418 9,179
RDRA 375 6,147
LIHTC 857 27,819
Senior 422 12,307
Public Housing 129 7,252
Section 8 Voucher 123 30,156
Total 1,782 74,927
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 Wisconsin there are 123 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Wisconsin is 42.00. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Milwaukee at 12,180 units and the smallest is Webster at 4 unit(s). 422 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 12,307 units. Of the 74,927 units, 29,181 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 Wisconsin ranked by federally assisted units

There are 72 counties or county equivalents in Wisconsin. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Milwaukee County at 947,735 and the smallest is Menominee County at 4,232. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Milwaukee County at 48.69% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Florence County at 14.09%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Wisconsin ranges from a low of 18.6 units per 1,000 renter households in St Croix County to a high of 297.5 units per 1,000 renter households in Sawyer County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Wisconsin is 158.1 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Wisconsin. 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
Milwaukee County 18,150
Dane County 7,494
Waukesha County 2,781
Racine County 2,766
Kenosha County 2,294
Rock County 2,110
Brown County 2,047
Winnebago County 1,950
Fond du Lac County 1,605
Marathon County 1,550
Walworth County 1,448
Dodge County 1,437
Jefferson County 1,292
Sheboygan County 1,238
Outagamie County 1,224
La Crosse County 1,193
Wood County 1,130
Manitowoc County 1,114
Douglas County 1,060
St Croix County 1,034
Eau Claire County 961
Washington County 859
Columbia County 833
Chippewa County 812
Sauk County 809
Ozaukee County 804
Polk County 776
Green County 722
Barron County 701
Trempealeau County 642
Grant County 607
Waupaca County 601
Marinette County 571
Pierce County 552
Dunn County 552
Vernon County 472
Portage County 455
Jackson County 386
Juneau County 380
Oneida County 373
Green Lake County 360
Lincoln County 357
Clark County 344
Crawford County 341
Vilas County 338
Iowa County 338
Monroe County 336
Calumet County 313
Door County 308
Sawyer County 307
Langlade County 258
Waushara County 249
Rusk County 226
Taylor County 226
Ashland County 212
Oconto County 198
Forest County 186
Bayfield County 186
Adams County 177
Richland County 177
Marquette County 176
Lafayette County 168
Price County 156
Washburn County 152
Shawano County 149
Kewaunee County 148
Pepin County 142
Iron County 139
Buffalo County 124
Menominee County 112
Burnett County 105
Florence County 81

Affordable Housing by City in Wisconsin ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 446 cities in Wisconsin that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 5,686,986, Stoddard has the largest population of these cities. There are 1 Federally assisted housing communities in Stoddard which are home to about 24 families, most of which are lower income families.

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

CityTotal Units
Milwaukee 12,180
Madison 4,577
Racine 2,060
Kenosha 1,943
Green Bay 1,521
West Allis 1,069
Appleton 1,031
Superior 1,016
Fond Du Lac 996
Waukesha 978
Wausau 955
Oshkosh 930
Beloit 917
Eau Claire 899
Janesville 846
Oak Creek 818
La Crosse 789
Sheboygan 753
Sun Prairie 746
Beaver Dam 703
Cudahy 626
Neenah 570
Greenfield 557
Manitowoc 531
Marshfield 518
Chippewa Falls 506
Fort Atkinson 501
Hudson 490
Brown Deer 475
Watertown 466
Shorewood 429
Portage 414
Menomonie 410
West Bend 409
Monroe 407
Marinette 405
Stoughton 402
Fitchburg 400
Glendale 390
Menomonee Falls 381
Ripon 380
Baraboo 376
Delavan 368
Wisconsin Rapids 364
Franklin 349
Burlington 347
Black River Falls 346
Whitewater 344
River Falls 330
Waupun 317
Port Washington 311
Monona 301
South Milwaukee 297
Two Rivers 283
Jefferson 273
Mount Pleasant 271
Lake Geneva 270
Sussex 268
New Berlin 267
Rice Lake 253
Wauwatosa 250
Rhinelander 243
New London 232
Plymouth 230
Antigo 226
Menasha 226
Sturgeon Bay 224
Hayward 222
Reedsburg 221
Merrill 220
Greendale 220
Oconomowoc 216
De Pere 214
Centuria 210
Hartford 208
Plover 205
Stevens Point 204
Delafield 196
Saint Francis 191
Westby 186
Weston 185
Lancaster 185
Elkhorn 184
Lac Du Flambeau 180
Grand Chute 179
Dodgeville 177
Adams 177
Berlin 176
Sparta 174
Barron 174
Holmen 172
Edgar 172
Richland Center 169
Mc Farland 168
Saukville 156
Sheboygan Falls 155
New Richmond 154
Prairie Du Chien 153
Ashwaubenon 153
Ladysmith 152
Verona 151
Bayfield 150
Ellsworth 148
Wautoma 146
West Milwaukee 145
Germantown 143
Boscobel 142
Brookfield 141
Platteville 137
Kiel 136
Ashland 136
Wisconsin Dells 136
Baldwin 135
Waupaca 134
Mayville 134
Grafton 133
Camp Douglas 130
Middleton 129
Waunakee 127
Bloomer 126
Milton 125
Mauston 124
Arcadia 124
East Troy 122
Tomah 122
Tomahawk 121
Butler 120
Pleasant Prairie 120
Cumberland 120
West Salem 120
Milwukee 115
Clintonville 115
Amery 112
Medford 110
Whitehall 109
Balsam Lake 109
Onalaska 107
Crandon 106
Albany 105
Alma 104
Evansville 104
Poynette 104
Green Lake 103
Arkansaw 102
Hartland 102
Neillsville 99
Rothschild 97
Mount Horeb 97
Genoa City 96
Viroqua 95
Cedarburg 95
Brillion 95
Mequon 93
Woodruff 93
Brodhead 92
Shawano 90
Stanley 88
Boyceville 88
Shell Lake 84
Nekoosa 84
Prescott 82
Montello 82
Sauk City 82
Little Chute 80
Edgerton 77
Princeton 76
Mukwonago 76
Gilman 76
Twin Lakes 76
Kewaunee 74
Westfield 74
De Forest 74
Kaukauna 73
Pleassant Prairie 71
Oconto 70
Chetek 70
Winneconne 70
Park Falls 70
Columbus 69
Florence 69
Denmark 68
Oregon 68
Osseo 68
Howard 67
Hurley 66
Cuba City 65
Turtle Lake 64
Marshall 64
Oconto Falls 64
Waterloo 64
Hillsboro 64
Glenwood City 64
Siren 62
Strum 62
North Fond Du Lac 61
Prentice 60
Salem 60
Elmwood 59
Milltown 58
Keshena 57
Hales Corners 56
Brooklyn 56
Spooner 56
Neopit 55
St. Croix Falls 55
Bruce 53
Clear Lake 52
Algoma 52
Wabeno 52
Peshtigo 52
Fennimore 52
Galesville 50
Owen 50
Elsworth 50
Jackson 50
Iola 50
Darlington 49
Mosinee 49
Sister Bay 48
Chilton 48
Walworth 48
Blair 48
Mercer 48
Osceola 48
Exeland 48
Somerset 48
New Holstein 46
Shullsburg 44
Cornell 44
Suring 44
Mellen 44
Milladore 42
New Glarus 42
Barneveld 42
Horicon 42
Ettrick 41
Colby 40
Union Grove 40
Independence 40
Ft. Atkinson 40
Abbotsford 40
Woodville 40
Palmyra 40
Eagle River 40
Necedah 40
Grantsburg 39
Cottage Grove 39
Mineral Point 39
Cross Plains 39
Manawa 38
Kewaskum 37
Winter 37
Pardeeville 36
Schofield 36
Stratford 36
Random Lake 36
Juneau 36
Belleville 36
St Germain 36
Colfax 36
Randolph 36
Saint Croix Falls 36
Washburn 36
Cadott 36
Vesper 36
Muscoda 36
Minocqua 35
Merrillan 34
Pittsville 34
N. Fond Du Lac 34
Crivitz 32
Mishicot 32
Soldiers Grove 32
Markesan 32
Wausaukee 32
Johnson Creek 32
Phelps 32
Kellnersville 32
Clinton 31
Omro 30
Eleva 30
Amherst 30
Port Edwards 30
Fox Lake 30
Prairie Du Sac 30
Rio 30
Loyal 29
Trempealeau 28
Luck 28
Solon Springs 28
Laona 28
Cameron 28
Bloomington 28
Spring Valley 28
Oakfield 26
New Lisbon 26
Elroy 26
Lake Mills 25
Wittenberg 25
St Croix Falls 24
Muskego 24
Campbellsport 24
Sturtevant 24
Waterford 24
Ft Atkinson 24
Rib Lake 24
Three Lakes 24
Cambridge 24
Thorp 24
Dorchester 24
Stoddard 24
Altoona 24
Durand 24
Wrightstown 24
Blanchardville 24
Fall River 24
Wonewoc 24
Howards Grove 24
Lomira 24
Combined Locks 24
Norwalk 24
Paddock Lake 24
Dickeyville 22
De Soto 22
Pigeon Falls 22
Belmont 22
Niagara 22
Wauzeka 22
Casco 22
Montreal 21
Readstown 21
Hilbert 20
Arena 20
Poy Sippi 20
South Wayne 20
Goodman 20
Almena 20
Gillett 20
Dodge 20
Glidden 20
Mondovi 20
Athens 20
Tigerton 20
Cambria 20
Mt. Horeb 20
Greenwood 20
Monticello 20
Marion 20
Ontario 20
Sherwood 20
Forestville 20
Saint Nazianz 19
Fall Creek 18
Eastman 18
Spring Green 18
Highland 18
Prairiedu Chien 18
Coon Valley 16
Junction City 16
Phillips 16
Redgranite 16
Wyocena 16
Valders 16
Seymour 16
Elcho 16
Washington Island 16
Stetsonville 16
Gleason 16
Chaseburg 16
Darien 16
Plain 16
White Lake 16
Prairie Farm 16
Plainfield 16
Fredonia 16
Livingston 16
Dane 16
Land O Lakes 16
Pepin 16
Black Creek 16
Sullivan 16
Kendall 16
Reedsville 15
Bowler 14
Potosi 14
Bear Creek 13
Cascade 12
Brandon 12
Lodi 12
Augusta 12
Oxford 12
Auburndale 12
Boulder Junction 12
Rock Springs 12
Pound 12
Embarrass 12
Hancock 12
Minong 12
Cleveland 12
New Auburn 12
Newburg 12
Coloma 12
Eagle 12
Footville 10
Francis Creek 10
Oostburg 10
Knapp 10
Ixonia 10
Linden 10
Lyndon Station 10
Gratiot 10
Cedar Grove 10
Withee 10
Hewitt 10
Fifield 10
Deforest 8
Cazenovia 8
Weyerhaueser 8
Endeavor 8
La Valle 8
Butternut 8
Coleman 8
Elk Mound 8
Avoca 8
Deer Park 8
La Farge 8
Gordon 8
Argyle 8
Conrath 8
Gays Mills 8
Fairchild 8
Granton 8
Hollandale 8
Adell 8
Brule 8
Blue Mounds 8
Maribel 8
Benton 7
Plum City 6
Loganville 6
Alma Center 6
Sheldon 5
Lacrosse 5
La Pointe 4
Saxon 4
Webster 4

Housing Authorities in Wisconsin 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 123 housing authorities in Wisconsin. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 123 housing authorities, 30.9% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Wisconsin by total housing assistance units managed is Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee with 9,660 public housing units under management (3,563 public housing units and 6,097 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Wisconsin 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 Milwaukee 3,563 6,097
Brown County Housing Authority - 3,380
Madison Community Development Authority 729 1,791
Milwaukee County Housing Division - 2,043
Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority - 1,617
Racine County Housing Authority 8 1,574
Dane County Housing Authority 86 1,211
Kenosha Housing Authority - 1,181
Waukesha Housing Authority 264 792
City of Appleton Housing Authority 211 597
La Crosse Housing Authority 593 144
Beloit Housing Authority 92 598
Housing Authority of the City of Superior 465 169
Wausau Community Development Authority 195 435
CDA of the City of West Allis - 557
Janesville Neighborhood Services - 543
Eau Claire Housing Authority 111 405
Housing Authority of Winnebago County, Wi 85 413
Fond Du Lac County Housing Authority 43 430
Waukesha County Housing Authority - 451
Wisconsin Rapids Housing Authority 195 243
Sheboygan Housing Authority 238 194
Walworth County Housing Authority - 410
Chippewa County Housing Authority - 382
Sauk County Housing Authority 40 298
Housing Authority of the City of Oshkosh, Wi 334 -
West Bend Housing Authority 72 244
Marshfield Community Development Authority 209 95
Trempealeau County Housing Authority 60 222
Door County Housing Authority - 255
Portage County Housing Authority - 250
Stevens Point Housing Authority 246 -
Fond Du Lac Housing Authority 242 -
Eau Claire County Housing Authority 16 221
Marinette County Housing Authority - 234
Antigo Housing Authority 83 149
Ashland Housing Authority 167 62
Rice Lake Housing Authority 126 93
Richland County Housing Authority - 217
Green Bay Housing Authority 203 -
Shawano County Housing Authority 202 -
Sawyer County Housing Authority - 197
Shawano Housing Authority 146 48
Rhinelander Housing Authority 50 141
Mauston Housing Authority 50 113
Kaukauna Housing Authority 71 90
New London Housing Authority 62 97
Dodge County Housing Authority - 152
River Falls Housing Authority 69 75
Barron County Housing Authority - 140
Monroe County Housing Authority - 132
Viroqua Housing Authority 129 -
Platteville Housing Authority - 128
Lacrosse County Housing Authority 128 -
Menomonie Housing Authority 122 -
Washburn Housing Authority 36 73
Ashland County Housing Authority 40 68
City of Edgerton Housing Authority 104 -
Tomah Public Housing Authority 28 76
Merrill Housing Authority 102 -
Manitowoc Housing Authority 101 -
Depere Housing Authority 100 -
Amery Housing Authority 51 40
Dunn County Housing Authority - 89
New Berlin Housing Authority - 88
Monroe Housing Authority 85 -
Dodgeville Housing Authority - 80
Lafayette County Housing Authority 28 52
Watertown Housing Authority 79 -
Evansville Housing Authority - 79
Marinette Housing Authority 76 -
Oconto Housing Authority 74 -
Oconto County Housing Authority - 73
Burnett County Housing Authority 32 33
Wausaukee Housing Authority 64 -
Lake Mills Housing Authority 63 -
Clintonville Housing Authority 61 -
Jefferson Housing Authority 61 -
South Milwaukee Community Development Auth. 60 -
Housing Authority of the City of New Richmond 40 20
Thorp Housing Authority 60 -
Richland Center Housing Authority 59 -
Sparta Housing Authority 56 -
Hurley Housing Authority 54 -
Hudson Housing Authority 53 -
Frederic Housing Authority 53 -
Plymouth Housing Authority 50 -
Baraboo Community Development Authority 50 -
Slinger Housing Authority 48 -
Stanley Housing Authority 47 -
Bruce Housing Authority 45 -
Boscobel Housing Authority 45 -
Chilton Housing Authority 44 -
Spooner Housing Authority 40 -
Sauk City Housing Authority 40 -
Ladysmith Housing Authority 40 -
Peshtigo Housing Authority 40 -
Algoma Housing Authority 39 -
Prairie Du Chien Housing Authority 39 -
Altoona Housing Authority 36 -
Deforest Housing Authority 36 -
Park Falls Housing Authority 35 -
Westby Housing Authority 35 -
Housing Authority of the City of Barron 30 -
Abbotsford Housing Authority 30 -
Chetek Housing Authority 30 -
Osceola Housing Authority 30 -
Taylor County Housing Authority - 30
Albany Housing Authority 29 -
Housing Authority of the City of Shell Lake 29 -
Housing Authority of the City of Cumberland 27 -
Grantsburg Housing Authority 27 -
Reedsville Housing Authority 26 -
Woodville Housing Authority 26 -
Mondovi Housing Authority 26 -
Crawford County Housing Authority - 25
Brillion Housing Authority 24 -
Greenwood Housing Authority 20 -
Wittenberg Housing Authority - 20
Pulaski Housing Authority 20 -
Lincoln County Housing Authority 20 -
Luck Housing Authority 16 -
City of Appleton Housing Authority - -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Wisconsin has a total of 1,782 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 74,927 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 30,144 in Wisconsin. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Wisconsin.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view