fy 1996 income limits and section 8 fair market rents
Click here to obtain a national data file with all counties and county subparts.
Click here to obtain state-level median family income estimates.
Click here to learn how HUD income limits are calculated.
Click here to learn how median family incomes are estimated.
To view information for a given county or to download information for a specific State, go to the U.S. map below and click on the State you are interested in. The file format is described below the map.
Click here to see the file layout.
The data files provide county-level data. Income limits and FMRs are the same for all parts of a metropolitan area. In New England, a county may be split among metropolitan areas and have a nonmetropolitan part. You must use state, county, and metropolitan area codes to find the income limits or FMRs for a New England township.
The file layout is as follows:
Line# Spaces Content
1 5-6 State FIPS code
8-9 State abbreviation
10-13 FIPS county code
14-41 County name
42-47 HUD MSA code (usually same as Census code)
54-80 MSA/PMSA name (or NONMETRO categorization)
2 1-54 Descriptive name field
55-60 FY 1996 Area Median Family Income for a
metropolitan area or for a nonmetropolitan county
3 1-30 Descriptive name field
31-36 1-person HUD Very Low-Income limit
37-42 2-person HUD Very Low-Income limit
43-48 3-person HUD Very Low-Income limit
49-54 4-person HUD Very Low-Income limit
55-60 5-person HUD Very Low-Income limit
61-66 6-person HUD Very Low-Income limit
67-72 7-person HUD Very Low-Income limit
73-78 8-person HUD Very Low-Income limit
4 1-30 Descriptive name field
31-36 1-person HUD Low-Income limit
37-42 2-person HUD Low-Income limit
43-48 3-person HUD Low-Income limit
49-54 4-person HUD Low-Income limit
55-60 5-person HUD Low-Income limit
61-66 6-person HUD Low-Income limit
67-72 7-person HUD Low-Income limit
73-78 8-person HUD Low-Income limit
5 1-49 Descriptive name field
50-54 Efficiency Fair Market Rent
55-60 1-bedroom Fair Market Rent
61-66 2-bedroom Fair Market Rent
67-72 3-bedroom Fair Market Rent
73-78 4-bedroom Fair Market Rent