Statistics on children, youth and families in Hawaii from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Hawai'i Children's Action Network
Households with a housing cost burden in Hawaii
Households with a housing cost burden
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Why This Indicator Matters
The cost of basic needs matters for financial security and housing is often one of the largest expenses families face.1 Low-income households are more likely to have larger portions of their income spent on housing, which can make it difficult to meet other basic needs.2
Definition and Source
Housing cost burden is defined as spending 30 percent or more of the household income on housing. The total number of owner-occupied units includes households with zero or negative income. The total number of renter-occupied units includes households with zero or negative income and no cash rent.
Please note, the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates provide average characteristics aggregated over a 5-year period. The primary advantage of using multiyear estimates is the increased statistical reliability of the data for less populated areas and small population subgroups. However, 5-year estimates are less current than single year estimates (i.e., since they are derived from averages over five calendar years) and should not be compared to single year estimates. The Census Bureau suggests comparing periods that do not overlap, such as comparing 2007-2011 with 2012-2016, which means waiting longer to identify a trend (for more information, read the comparison guidance and Period Estimates in the American Community Survey). However, in areas undergoing fundamental shifts in the size or composition of the population, change may be so substantial that it will be obvious after only a few years. Please see the ACS handbook on Understanding and Using American Community Survey Data for more information.
Following pandemic-related data collection disruptions, the Census Bureau revised its methodology to reduce nonresponse bias in data collected in 2020. After evaluating the effectiveness of this methodology, the Census Bureau determined the standard, full suite of 2016–2020 ACS 5-year data are fit for public release, government and business uses. To learn more about changes to the methodology, view the methodology user note.
1 Kids Count Data Center. Selected KIDS COUNT Indicators for State in Hawaii. Accessed October 2018: https://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/customreports/13/7288,7246,43,5043,7244,5062,7247,7188,5116,5119,7245,7248,5425,7249,7243,7253,7250,106,5203,6795,7259
2Mimura, Y. (2008). Housing Cost Burden, Poverty Status, and Economic Hardship among Low-income Families. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 29(1), 152–165.
Hawaiʻi Children's Action Network
Hawaii KIDS COUNT is a partnership between the Hawaii Children’s Action Network (HCAN), the University of Hawaii Center on the Family, Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, and the Hawaii Budget and Policy Center.
HCAN is the Hawaii state partner for KIDS COUNT. HCAN has long invested in research and analysis as a cornerstone of our work to ensure all children are healthy, safe, and ready to learn.
The University of Hawaii Center on the Family, with a multidisciplinary faculty at the intersection of research and outreach, is the Hawaii data provider to KIDS COUNT.
Additional Hawaii State Resources:Learn More
- Hawaiʻi Children's Action Network
- PO Box 23198
- Honolulu, HI 96823
- Nicole Woo
- Director of Research & Economic Policy
- (808) 531-5502 ext. 8
- [email protected]