Housing Cost Percentile Comparison

Compare your housing costs nationally against other American households. When calculating your costs, be sure to include utility costs, HOA, and property taxes if those apply to you.

Housing Costs (Including taxes, utilities): $
Are you a: Renter
Home-owner with a mortgage
Home-owner with no mortgage

Your housing costs of $1000 per month would rank above:

All Households (renters & homeowners) 47.5%

Renters51.5%

All Homeowners 46%

Home owners with Mortgages20.5%

Home owners with no Mortgages 89.5%

Housing Cost Distribution Graphs

Median Housing Cost Nationally for renters and home-owners: $1,034.00
Range of 25th to 75th Percentiles: $637.00 to $1,614.00
Median Housing Cost Nationally for Renters: $984.00
Range of 25th to 75th Percentiles: $714.00 to $1,380.00
Median Housing Cost Nationally for All Home Owners: $1,087.00
Range of 25th to 75th Percentiles: $575.00 to $1,777.00
Median Housing Cost Nationally for Home Owners with Mortgages: $1,516.00
Range of 25th to 75th Percentiles: $1,072.00 to $2,191.00
Median Housing Cost Nationally for Home Owners with No Mortgages: $474.00
Range of 25th to 75th Percentiles: $327.00 to $692.00

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These results are based off of individual samples from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS) and are weighted to represent all American households; however, due to contrainsts in polling and weighting of the survey results there will be some deviations from reality.

Cost Comparison Calculations

You may be wondering why utility costs, HOAs, and property taxes are included in these comparisons. This is due to how some times those costs are bundled together with rent or other fees so that comparing 2 properties would not be fair if one included heating costs and the other did not.

Data at the 99%+ will likely be off due to challenges with accurately sampling people at those high percentiles. The difference between someone at 50.1% versus 50.2% will be relatively small but someone at 99.7% vs someone at 99.8% will be exponentially larger, so for the surveyors at the American Community Survey program will have more difficulty assessing and capturing that distribution.

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