Rural/Urban Differences in Housing Quality and Adequacy Released: Findings From the American Housing Survey, 2019

Among the key findings in this policy brief from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center:

  • Rural housing units had higher rates of several specific housing quality issues, including heating problems, utility interruptions, missing roofing or external building materials, and broken windows.
  • Urban housing units had higher rates of flush toilet breakdowns, electric wiring problems, and indoor water leakage, compared to rural units.
  • The prevalence of signs of mice or rats inside homes in rural areas was approximately double that observed in urban clusters and urbanized areas.