Report Reveals Low-Income Families and Families of Color Face Greatest Housing Cost Burden; Important Implications for Health
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have released the 2019 County Health Rankings Key Findings Report. The County Health Rankings show how widespread the burden of severe housing cost is across the nation. Hundreds and thousands of families and communities face the burden of severe housing cost and this has important implications for our health.
- 14% of children are living in poverty.
- Children in poverty among counties range from 4% to 28%.
- Child poverty rates among racial/ethnic groups range from 5% to 27%
- 19% of households spend more than half of their income on housing costs.
- Across counties, severe housing cost burden ranges from 13% to 26% of households.
- Severe housing cost burden ranges from 14% to 37% among households headed by different racial/ethnic groups.