Households with no severe housing problems are defined as having good housing quality. Specifically, they have complete kitchens, functioning plumbing, and are not overcrowded or severely cost-burdened (monthly housing costs exceeding 50% of monthly income)
Indicator Summary Score
Numbers listed on the maps are indicator summary scores, which measure how far a state has to go to meet the HOPE Goal (Distance to Goal) and how much variation there is across racial and ethnic groups within the state on the measure (Racial Inequity). Scores range from 0 to 100 with 100 indicating the state with the best combined performance. Hovering over a state reveals information on Distance to Goal and Racial Inequity separately.
of households have good housing quality
of households with good housing quality
Distance to Goal12 million
more U.S. households would need to have good housing quality to achieve the HOPE Goal
Why it Matters
Having good housing quality prevents poor health outcomes caused by substandard housing, like those associated with poor ventilation, and it prevents cost-burdened households from delaying medical care.
- White households have the highest rates of housing quality with 85% of White households having no severe problems in their houses.
- Black households have the worst housing quality with only 73% of Black households living in housing with adequate amenities that is not cost burdensome.
- Generally, residents of the Rocky Mountain states fare somewhat better than other regions in housing quality.
- The New England and Far West states experience poorer opportunities in housing quality than other regions.
State Distance to Goal
This chart is interactive. Explore data by clicking the dots to select and compare different race and ethnicity groups.