Housing >> Affordability >> Number Affordable Rentals by City

For households with income at or below the median for renters, Seattle and the South Region have the largest numbers of affordable rentals.

Households that pay a high percentage of their income for housing have little left for other necessities. The quest for affordable housing (costing less than 30% of income) can mean moving far from family, friends, work, school, and childcare arrangements. People who live in unaffordable housing may scrimp on food and forego necessary healthcare and medications. 

Finding affordable rental housing depends on both household income and the supply of apartments or houses at a range of prices.  Based on actual rents paid in King County between 2009 and 2013 (including both market-rate and subsidized units) …

  • Seattle has the greatest number of rental units affordable to households with income at or below the median for renters; followed by South Region, East Region, and North Region.  Within each region, the greatest number of affordable rentals can be found in …
    • Kent for South Region
    • Bellevue for East Region
    • Shoreline for North Region
  • Affordable rent for households earning half of median renter income ($22,462 in 2009-2013) was no more than $550 a month.
  • Affordable rent for households earning median renter income ($44,924 in 2009-2013) was no more than $1,125 a month.
  • The numbers of affordable rentals in Seattle were truncated in the chart to preserve a scale that shows the smaller contributions of other King County cities.
  • See Notes and Sources for data table with numbers and percentages for all King County cities.