Special Report

Missed Housing Payments Are Piling up in Nearly Every State


Using state-level data from the U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey, 24/7 Wall St. identified the states where the most people missed rent last month. States were ranked based on the percentage of U.S. adults who answered “no” to the question: “Did you pay your last month’s rent or mortgage on time?” or answered “slight confidence” or “no confidence” to the question: “How confident are you that your household will be able to pay your next rent or mortgage payment on time?” These questions were on a U.S. Census Bureau HPS survey conducted from July 2 to July 7, 2020.

Data on median household income, the share of households earning $10,000 or less, median home values, and average monthly rent came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey. The share of renters spending 30% or more of their income on housing — those who are considered housing-cost burdened — also came from the ACS.

Seasonally adjusted June unemployment rates are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.