Miami has the highest percentage of poor renters living in terrible conditions in the nation, according to a new study.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says 60.9 percent of low-income Miami renters are living with “worst case needs,” meaning they either pay more than half their income on rent, or live in severely inadequate conditions. Some low-income residents do both.
Overall, Miami ranked fourth in the country, following New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. However, those cities are much larger, yet their poor renters accounted for lower overall percentages of their total populations.
The renters included also do not receive government housing assistance.
The study used data from 2013 to 2015 and found that any income increases throughout that time came with rising rent.