Counties in Arkansas where people spend most of their paycheck on housing

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October 3, 2021
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Counties in Arkansas where people spend most of their paycheck on housing

It’s no secret that many Americans are forgoing homeownership in favor of renting. In 2020, renters in the U.S. occupied 43 million housing units.

The Stacker team looked at data from a United States Census survey that revealed an estimated 43,378,800 renter-occupied homes in the United States as of 2017, which makes up 36.1% of all households in the country. In 2019, renting was more affordable than buying a median-priced home in 59% of the counties; in 2021, the opposite was true: Owning was more affordable than renting in 63% of U.S. counties.

Stacker compiled a list of counties in Arkansas where people spend the highest percent of income on rent using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Of course, saving money by owning a home is unattainable for many Americans who don’t have savings that could cover a down payment, those who are denied a mortgage, or both. Keep reading to see where in your home state most of people’s take-home pay goes to their monthly rent.

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#50. Searcy County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.2%
- Total occupied households: 3,327
- Median household income: $36,438
- Median monthly housing cost: $483

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#49. Scott County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.3%
- Total occupied households: 3,944
- Median household income: $36,092
- Median monthly housing cost: $479

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#48. Hot Spring County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.7%
- Total occupied households: 12,599
- Median household income: $43,889
- Median monthly housing cost: $588

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#47. Boone County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.2%
- Total occupied households: 15,034
- Median household income: $45,374
- Median monthly housing cost: $608

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#46. Arkansas County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.7%
- Total occupied households: 7,491
- Median household income: $46,696
- Median monthly housing cost: $626

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#45. Lafayette County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.0%
- Total occupied households: 2,784
- Median household income: $32,397
- Median monthly housing cost: $435

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#44. Fulton County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.0%
- Total occupied households: 4,973
- Median household income: $35,405
- Median monthly housing cost: $478

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#43. Nevada County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.8%
- Total occupied households: 3,397
- Median household income: $38,042
- Median monthly housing cost: $515

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#42. Union County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.9%
- Total occupied households: 15,726
- Median household income: $44,663
- Median monthly housing cost: $609

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#41. Saline County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.7%
- Total occupied households: 44,075
- Median household income: $64,412
- Median monthly housing cost: $882

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#40. Clay County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.1%
- Total occupied households: 6,444
- Median household income: $37,233
- Median monthly housing cost: $515

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#39. Ouachita County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.4%
- Total occupied households: 9,658
- Median household income: $35,425
- Median monthly housing cost: $495

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#38. Sharp County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.5%
- Total occupied households: 7,447
- Median household income: $34,671
- Median monthly housing cost: $487

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#37. Crawford County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.1%
- Total occupied households: 23,958
- Median household income: $46,828
- Median monthly housing cost: $670

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#36. Conway County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.0%
- Total occupied households: 8,309
- Median household income: $42,802
- Median monthly housing cost: $613

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#35. Independence County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.8%
- Total occupied households: 14,322
- Median household income: $44,319
- Median monthly housing cost: $636

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#34. Woodruff County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.4%
- Total occupied households: 2,932
- Median household income: $32,845
- Median monthly housing cost: $472

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#33. Hempstead County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.7%
- Total occupied households: 8,094
- Median household income: $42,860
- Median monthly housing cost: $616

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#32. Benton County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.7%
- Total occupied households: 97,249
- Median household income: $66,362
- Median monthly housing cost: $961

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#31. Randolph County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.3%
- Total occupied households: 7,355
- Median household income: $37,218
- Median monthly housing cost: $541

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#30. Polk County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.6%
- Total occupied households: 8,243
- Median household income: $37,974
- Median monthly housing cost: $554

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#29. Franklin County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.7%
- Total occupied households: 6,723
- Median household income: $38,923
- Median monthly housing cost: $568

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#28. Greene County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.9%
- Total occupied households: 17,254
- Median household income: $47,056
- Median monthly housing cost: $687

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#27. Clark County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.3%
- Total occupied households: 8,446
- Median household income: $41,620
- Median monthly housing cost: $608

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#26. Marion County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.0%
- Total occupied households: 6,782
- Median household income: $36,719
- Median monthly housing cost: $537

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#25. Van Buren County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.6%
- Total occupied households: 6,813
- Median household income: $38,499
- Median monthly housing cost: $565

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#24. Lonoke County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.8%
- Total occupied households: 26,895
- Median household income: $59,094
- Median monthly housing cost: $870

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#23. Cross County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.8%
- Total occupied households: 6,653
- Median household income: $46,787
- Median monthly housing cost: $695

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#22. Howard County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.4%
- Total occupied households: 5,142
- Median household income: $36,059
- Median monthly housing cost: $537

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#21. Baxter County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.9%
- Total occupied households: 18,435
- Median household income: $42,260
- Median monthly housing cost: $638

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#20. Sebastian County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.4%
- Total occupied households: 51,228
- Median household income: $46,228
- Median monthly housing cost: $707

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#19. Mississippi County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.8%
- Total occupied households: 16,389
- Median household income: $39,962
- Median monthly housing cost: $612

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#18. Pope County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.1%
- Total occupied households: 22,579
- Median household income: $43,462
- Median monthly housing cost: $667

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#17. Jackson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.3%
- Total occupied households: 6,137
- Median household income: $34,109
- Median monthly housing cost: $525

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#16. Miller County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.1%
- Total occupied households: 16,426
- Median household income: $43,371
- Median monthly housing cost: $674

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#15. Chicot County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.2%
- Total occupied households: 4,068
- Median household income: $34,147
- Median monthly housing cost: $531

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#14. Johnson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.7%
- Total occupied households: 9,682
- Median household income: $38,511
- Median monthly housing cost: $600

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#13. Desha County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.1%
- Total occupied households: 5,204
- Median household income: $31,893
- Median monthly housing cost: $497

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#12. White County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.9%
- Total occupied households: 29,055
- Median household income: $44,029
- Median monthly housing cost: $687

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#11. St. Francis County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.0%
- Total occupied households: 9,388
- Median household income: $35,348
- Median monthly housing cost: $564

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#10. Faulkner County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.6%
- Total occupied households: 44,575
- Median household income: $52,827
- Median monthly housing cost: $851

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#9. Garland County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.8%
- Total occupied households: 40,209
- Median household income: $44,777
- Median monthly housing cost: $723

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#8. Columbia County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.2%
- Total occupied households: 8,562
- Median household income: $36,193
- Median monthly housing cost: $585

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#7. Craighead County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.8%
- Total occupied households: 41,375
- Median household income: $47,286
- Median monthly housing cost: $767

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#6. Jefferson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.7%
- Total occupied households: 26,801
- Median household income: $40,726
- Median monthly housing cost: $665

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#5. Washington County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.7%
- Total occupied households: 87,325
- Median household income: $50,451
- Median monthly housing cost: $841

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#4. Lee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 43.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.2%
- Total occupied households: 3,206
- Median household income: $29,681
- Median monthly housing cost: $506

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#3. Pulaski County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.8%
- Total occupied households: 158,051
- Median household income: $51,749
- Median monthly housing cost: $892

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#2. Phillips County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.8%
- Total occupied households: 7,485
- Median household income: $29,320
- Median monthly housing cost: $532

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#1. Crittenden County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.4%
- Total occupied households: 19,074
- Median household income: $40,161
- Median monthly housing cost: $731

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