Counties with the most renters in Alabama

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February 24, 2021
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Counties with the most renters in Alabama

All cities are made up of a mix of homeowners and renters, with 58.6% of Americans owning their own homes and 30.4% rending in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the American Census Bureau. In cities, there tend to be higher rates of renters due to high property values and influxes of young people who flock to urban areas after college to enter the workforce.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with most renters in Alabama using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by percent of housing units occupied by renters as of 2019 5-year estimates. Keep reading to see if your county made the list.

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#30. DeKalb County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 28.5%
- 2019 median gross rent: $628 (+16.3% change in rent since 2015)
--- #34 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #2,398 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 32.6%
--- #49 most common among counties in Alabama, #1,993 among all counties nationwide
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#29. Marengo County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 28.5%
- 2019 median gross rent: $563 (+6.2% change in rent since 2015)
--- #53 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #2,835 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 47.9%
--- #7 most common among counties in Alabama, #178 among all counties nationwide
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#28. Talladega County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 28.7%
- 2019 median gross rent: $628 (+7.5% change in rent since 2015)
--- #34 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #2,398 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 38.0%
--- #31 most common among counties in Alabama, #1,118 among all counties nationwide
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#27. Bullock County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 28.9%
- 2019 median gross rent: $654 (+14.7% change in rent since 2015)
--- #30 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #2,158 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 45.5%
--- #12 most common among counties in Alabama, #307 among all counties nationwide
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#26. Franklin County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 29.2%
- 2019 median gross rent: $581 (+8.8% change in rent since 2015)
--- #50 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #2,740 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 28.1%
--- #61 most common among counties in Alabama, #2,497 among all counties nationwide
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#25. Marshall County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 29.8%
- 2019 median gross rent: $649 (+9.3% change in rent since 2015)
--- #31 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #2,193 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 35.6%
--- #39 most common among counties in Alabama, #1,533 among all counties nationwide
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#24. Calhoun County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 29.9%
- 2019 median gross rent: $716 (+12.4% change in rent since 2015)
--- #20 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #1,563 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 37.5%
--- #32 most common among counties in Alabama, #1,199 among all counties nationwide
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#23. Clarke County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 29.9%
- 2019 median gross rent: $555 (+1.8% change in rent since 2015)
--- #54 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #2,878 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 32.0%
--- #50 most common among counties in Alabama, #2,071 among all counties nationwide
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#22. Butler County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 30.0%
- 2019 median gross rent: $620 (+7.8% change in rent since 2015)
--- #39 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #2,472 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 33.2%
--- #44 most common among counties in Alabama, #1,895 among all counties nationwide
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#21. Escambia County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 31.7%
- 2019 median gross rent: $616 (+10.0% change in rent since 2015)
--- #42 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #2,519 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 37.0%
--- #34 most common among counties in Alabama, #1,300 among all counties nationwide
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#20. Lauderdale County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 31.9%
- 2019 median gross rent: $663 (+11.8% change in rent since 2015)
--- #28 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #2,063 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 33.6%
--- #43 most common among counties in Alabama, #1,831 among all counties nationwide
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#19. Wilcox County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 32.1%
- 2019 median gross rent: $509 (+20.0% change in rent since 2015)
--- #64 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #3,044 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 31.9%
--- #51 most common among counties in Alabama, #2,087 among all counties nationwide
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#18. Chambers County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 32.5%
- 2019 median gross rent: $749 (+13.8% change in rent since 2015)
--- #15 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #1,322 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 31.8%
--- #54 most common among counties in Alabama, #2,104 among all counties nationwide
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#17. Greene County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 32.9%
- 2019 median gross rent: $612 (+78.4% change in rent since 2015)
--- #43 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #2,549 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 65.8%
--- #2 most common among counties in Alabama, #4 among all counties nationwide
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#16. Madison County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 33.2%
- 2019 median gross rent: $857 (+12.0% change in rent since 2015)
--- #7 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #747 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 36.3%
--- #38 most common among counties in Alabama, #1,426 among all counties nationwide
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#15. Coffee County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 34.3%
- 2019 median gross rent: $803 (+17.6% change in rent since 2015)
--- #12 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #977 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 32.8%
--- #47 most common among counties in Alabama, #1,961 among all counties nationwide
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#14. Houston County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 34.3%
- 2019 median gross rent: $754 (+9.1% change in rent since 2015)
--- #14 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #1,283 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 38.7%
--- #29 most common among counties in Alabama, #1,021 among all counties nationwide
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#13. Macon County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 34.5%
- 2019 median gross rent: $641 (+8.3% change in rent since 2015)
--- #33 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #2,274 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 43.1%
--- #17 most common among counties in Alabama, #491 among all counties nationwide
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#12. Mobile County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 35.5%
- 2019 median gross rent: $853 (+8.2% change in rent since 2015)
--- #9 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #775 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 44.0%
--- #13 most common among counties in Alabama, #412 among all counties nationwide
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#11. Sumter County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 35.9%
- 2019 median gross rent: $518 (-6.7% change in rent since 2015)
--- #62 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #3,020 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 54.6%
--- #4 most common among counties in Alabama, #28 among all counties nationwide
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#10. Tuscaloosa County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 36.3%
- 2019 median gross rent: $846 (+7.8% change in rent since 2015)
--- #10 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #801 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 43.8%
--- #14 most common among counties in Alabama, #425 among all counties nationwide
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#9. Monroe County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 36.4%
- 2019 median gross rent: $582 (+8.4% change in rent since 2015)
--- #49 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #2,734 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 43.4%
--- #15 most common among counties in Alabama, #466 among all counties nationwide
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#8. Jefferson County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 37.3%
- 2019 median gross rent: $900 (+11.1% change in rent since 2015)
--- #4 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #615 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 41.2%
--- #20 most common among counties in Alabama, #687 among all counties nationwide
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#7. Pike County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 37.7%
- 2019 median gross rent: $669 (+12.8% change in rent since 2015)
--- #24 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #2,000 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 50.9%
--- #6 most common among counties in Alabama, #94 among all counties nationwide
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#6. Lee County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 38.4%
- 2019 median gross rent: $856 (+8.1% change in rent since 2015)
--- #8 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #752 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 45.7%
--- #11 most common among counties in Alabama, #292 among all counties nationwide
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#5. Barbour County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 39.1%
- 2019 median gross rent: $576 (-0.5% change in rent since 2015)
--- #52 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #2,767 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 40.9%
--- #21 most common among counties in Alabama, #720 among all counties nationwide
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#4. Russell County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 39.8%
- 2019 median gross rent: $803 (+9.7% change in rent since 2015)
--- #12 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #977 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 40.4%
--- #24 most common among counties in Alabama, #794 among all counties nationwide
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#3. Dale County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 39.9%
- 2019 median gross rent: $730 (+16.1% change in rent since 2015)
--- #17 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #1,439 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 30.3%
--- #56 most common among counties in Alabama, #2,281 among all counties nationwide
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#2. Dallas County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 40.7%
- 2019 median gross rent: $643 (+14.0% change in rent since 2015)
--- #32 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #2,259 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 47.5%
--- #8 most common among counties in Alabama, #191 among all counties nationwide
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#1. Montgomery County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 41.6%
- 2019 median gross rent: $884 (+8.6% change in rent since 2015)
--- #6 highest rent among counties in Alabama, #663 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 43.4%
--- #15 most common among counties in Alabama, #466 among all counties nationwide

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