Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Marion County, SC

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The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Marion County, South Carolina
$9.89 (+136%) more than South Carolina minimum wage and $9.89 (+136%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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How many renters live in Marion County, South Carolina?

The County of Marion County has 29,212 people living in 11,256 households.

There are 12,004 renters living in 4,517 renter households in this County. Renters make up 41.09 percent of the population living in Marion County.

What is the rental market like in Marion County, South Carolina?

There are an estimated 14,340 housing units in the Marion County area. Of these, 4,766 units are rental homes, making up 33 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Marion County, South Carolina, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Marion County?

The rental vacancy rate in Marion County is 5 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Marion County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Marion County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
480 418 1,385 1,675 510
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Marion County

A large number of apartments in Marion County have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Marion County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 24 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 10 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Marion County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $738 to $1,536. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $738
One BR $806
Two BR $905
Three BR $1,175
Four BR $1,536
2024 Fair Market Rents in Marion County, South Carolina

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Marion County?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 451 94 percent
One BR 344 82 percent
Two BR 872 63 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Marion County, South Carolina

How many affordable rental units are in Marion County?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Marion County, South Carolina including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 233
Public Housing 567
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 67
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 12
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 178
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Marion County, South Carolina

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Marion County, South Carolina

Marion County features 825 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Marion County, South Carolina

There are 102 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Marion County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Marion County, South Carolina

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Marion County landlords $300 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Marion County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Marion County, South Carolina for a two-bedroom apartment is between $815 and $996.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.