CHART: Where in Missouri is the housing cost burden most severe?

The city of St. Louis has the highest rate of households in the state that are severely burdened by housing costs, according to a recent report.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development defines a household that spends at least half of its income on housing as facing “severe housing cost burden.”

That burden is linked to food insecurity, child poverty and poor health outcomes, according to the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Based on data collected between 2013 to 2017, some 12 percent of Missouri households face severe housing cost burden. Nationally, 11 percent of households qualify as severely burdened.

Within Missouri, St. Louis City has the highest rate of those  houses (21 percent), followed Adair County (17 percent) and Boone and Morgan counties (16 percent).

The counties with the lowest rates of severely cost-burdened households are Osage County (4 percent), Moniteau County (5 percent) and Monroe and Gentry counties (6 percent).

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