Examining Unaffordable Rents as a Social Determinant of Health (Infographics)
This new SHADAC analysis examines housing affordability, looking specifically at the percent of rental households that spend more than 30% of their monthly income on rent. Utilizing data from the American Community Survey (ACS), this measure is now available on SHADAC’s State Health Compare for all states from 2012 through 2017, and can be broken down by household income, Medicaid enrollment, race/ethnicity, and disability status
SHADAC looked at the percent of cost-burdened rental households in each state in 2017, examining unaffordable rents overall while also analyzing unaffordable rents among rental households with: a Medicaid enrollee, a person of color, a person that has a disability, and an income of less than $25,000. The infographics presented here show these estimates for the U.S. and for the five states with the highest percentages of unaffordable rents among rental households that had a Medicaid enrollee—Florida (65.3%), California (65.1%), New Jersey (64.2%), New York (63.8%), and Nevada (63.5%).
The infographics presented here are part of SHADAC’s “Measures That Matter” product series. This series highlights measures available from State Health Compare, a web tool that states can use to explore measures related to health and health care within and across states and the nation.
Visit State Health Compare to learn more about the indicators used in this analysis, as well as other measures related to social determinants of health.
Learn more about the findings from this analysis on our blog.
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a part of the Health Policy and Management Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.