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

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October 3, 2021
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Counties in Florida 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 Florida 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. Liberty 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: 19.4%
- Total occupied households: 2,459
- Median household income: $38,015
- Median monthly housing cost: $554

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#49. Jackson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.9%
- Total occupied households: 17,149
- Median household income: $39,872
- Median monthly housing cost: $586

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#48. Highlands County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.0%
- Total occupied households: 41,740
- Median household income: $40,942
- Median monthly housing cost: $604

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#47. Union County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.8%
- Total occupied households: 3,960
- Median household income: $44,270
- Median monthly housing cost: $661

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#46. Gadsden County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.0%
- Total occupied households: 17,149
- Median household income: $41,401
- Median monthly housing cost: $625

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#45. Putnam County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.4%
- Total occupied households: 28,943
- Median household income: $37,670
- Median monthly housing cost: $570

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#44. Levy County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.4%
- Total occupied households: 16,374
- Median household income: $37,326
- Median monthly housing cost: $570

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#43. Hendry County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.8%
- Total occupied households: 12,527
- Median household income: $40,820
- Median monthly housing cost: $632

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#42. Okeechobee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.5%
- Total occupied households: 13,904
- Median household income: $41,760
- Median monthly housing cost: $648

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#41. Washington County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.8%
- Total occupied households: 8,827
- Median household income: $37,022
- Median monthly housing cost: $581

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#40. Hardee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.7%
- Total occupied households: 7,863
- Median household income: $38,682
- Median monthly housing cost: $613

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#39. Gulf County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.1%
- Total occupied households: 5,757
- Median household income: $47,712
- Median monthly housing cost: $761

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#38. Columbia County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.1%
- Total occupied households: 25,133
- Median household income: $46,494
- Median monthly housing cost: $751

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#37. Santa Rosa County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.7%
- Total occupied households: 63,514
- Median household income: $67,949
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,098

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#36. Nassau County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.2%
- Total occupied households: 32,603
- Median household income: $69,943
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,133

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#35. Indian River County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.9%
- Total occupied households: 58,612
- Median household income: $54,740
- Median monthly housing cost: $888

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#34. Marion County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.3%
- Total occupied households: 139,172
- Median household income: $45,371
- Median monthly housing cost: $737

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#33. Walton County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.4%
- Total occupied households: 27,420
- Median household income: $58,093
- Median monthly housing cost: $953

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#32. Hernando County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.4%
- Total occupied households: 75,348
- Median household income: $48,812
- Median monthly housing cost: $803

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#31. St. Johns County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.6%
- Total occupied households: 88,773
- Median household income: $82,252
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,357

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#30. Martin County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.7%
- Total occupied households: 64,528
- Median household income: $61,133
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,009

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#29. Clay County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.8%
- Total occupied households: 74,333
- Median household income: $65,740
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,091

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#28. Charlotte County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.1%
- Total occupied households: 76,891
- Median household income: $51,499
- Median monthly housing cost: $856

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#27. DeSoto County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.0%
- Total occupied households: 12,072
- Median household income: $35,438
- Median monthly housing cost: $591

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#26. Lake County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.7%
- Total occupied households: 134,317
- Median household income: $54,513
- Median monthly housing cost: $913

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#25. Sarasota County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.0%
- Total occupied households: 182,842
- Median household income: $62,236
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,056

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#24. Brevard County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.1%
- Total occupied households: 230,417
- Median household income: $56,775
- Median monthly housing cost: $971

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#23. Pasco County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.6%
- Total occupied households: 204,198
- Median household income: $52,828
- Median monthly housing cost: $926

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#22. Polk County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.2%
- Total occupied households: 235,283
- Median household income: $50,584
- Median monthly housing cost: $887

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#21. Manatee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.7%
- Total occupied households: 145,356
- Median household income: $59,009
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,053

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#20. Okaloosa County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.7%
- Total occupied households: 77,962
- Median household income: $63,412
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,141

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#19. Lee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.3%
- Total occupied households: 275,965
- Median household income: $57,832
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,049

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#18. Collier County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 32.6%
- Total occupied households: 142,979
- Median household income: $69,653
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,272

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#17. Bay County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.1%
- Total occupied households: 71,422
- Median household income: $54,316
- Median monthly housing cost: $992

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#16. Escambia County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.5%
- Total occupied households: 120,104
- Median household income: $50,915
- Median monthly housing cost: $930

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#15. Seminole County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 42.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.3%
- Total occupied households: 173,668
- Median household income: $66,768
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,245

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#14. Flagler County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.0%
- Total occupied households: 42,121
- Median household income: $54,514
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,019

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#13. Volusia County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 32.6%
- Total occupied households: 216,495
- Median household income: $49,494
- Median monthly housing cost: $939

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#12. Pinellas County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.7%
- Total occupied households: 407,546
- Median household income: $54,090
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,044

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#11. Duval County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 40.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.2%
- Total occupied households: 359,544
- Median household income: $55,807
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,084

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#10. Alachua County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 34.7%
- Total occupied households: 97,995
- Median household income: $49,689
- Median monthly housing cost: $968

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#9. Hillsborough County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 34.1%
- Total occupied households: 526,175
- Median household income: $58,884
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,150

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#8. Leon County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 40.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 36.4%
- Total occupied households: 113,658
- Median household income: $53,106
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,049

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#7. St. Lucie County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 34.5%
- Total occupied households: 114,761
- Median household income: $52,322
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,041

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#6. Palm Beach County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 24.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 39.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 37.9%
- Total occupied households: 554,095
- Median household income: $63,299
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,306

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#5. Orange County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 25.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 36.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 38.0%
- Total occupied households: 461,705
- Median household income: $58,254
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,226

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#4. Monroe County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 25.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 35.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 42.2%
- Total occupied households: 32,068
- Median household income: $70,033
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,506

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#3. Osceola County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 26.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 35.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 39.8%
- Total occupied households: 103,141
- Median household income: $52,279
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,172

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#2. Broward County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 27.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 32.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 42.7%
- Total occupied households: 690,050
- Median household income: $59,547
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,356

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#1. Miami-Dade County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 31.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 28.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 47.6%
- Total occupied households: 883,372
- Median household income: $51,347
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,343

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