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

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October 3, 2021
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Counties in Georgia 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 Georgia 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. Walton County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.8%
- Total occupied households: 31,670
- Median household income: $61,599
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,045

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#49. Macon County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.8%
- Total occupied households: 4,696
- Median household income: $32,161
- Median monthly housing cost: $547

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#48. Washington County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.2%
- Total occupied households: 7,503
- Median household income: $38,068
- Median monthly housing cost: $648

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#47. Lanier County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 42.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.0%
- Total occupied households: 3,714
- Median household income: $40,986
- Median monthly housing cost: $701

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#46. Taylor County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.9%
- Total occupied households: 3,473
- Median household income: $33,832
- Median monthly housing cost: $579

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#45. Ware County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.8%
- Total occupied households: 13,823
- Median household income: $36,869
- Median monthly housing cost: $631

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#44. Mitchell County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 43.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.6%
- Total occupied households: 7,982
- Median household income: $38,116
- Median monthly housing cost: $653

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#43. Colquitt County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.4%
- Total occupied households: 15,505
- Median household income: $36,435
- Median monthly housing cost: $625

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#42. Randolph County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.4%
- Total occupied households: 2,553
- Median household income: $31,699
- Median monthly housing cost: $544

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#41. Douglas County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.9%
- Total occupied households: 49,187
- Median household income: $63,835
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,097

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#40. Camden County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.8%
- Total occupied households: 19,338
- Median household income: $56,951
- Median monthly housing cost: $980

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#39. Bulloch County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 32.0%
- Total occupied households: 27,375
- Median household income: $45,550
- Median monthly housing cost: $784

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#38. Lumpkin County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.9%
- Total occupied households: 11,570
- Median household income: $51,790
- Median monthly housing cost: $895

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#37. Glynn County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.2%
- Total occupied households: 34,119
- Median household income: $52,977
- Median monthly housing cost: $922

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#36. Candler County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.8%
- Total occupied households: 4,013
- Median household income: $33,736
- Median monthly housing cost: $590

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#35. Crisp County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.9%
- Total occupied households: 8,585
- Median household income: $36,042
- Median monthly housing cost: $638

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#34. Bryan County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.7%
- Total occupied households: 13,048
- Median household income: $72,624
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,292

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#33. Rockdale County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.1%
- Total occupied households: 31,076
- Median household income: $60,189
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,078

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#32. Grady County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.5%
- Total occupied households: 9,136
- Median household income: $43,531
- Median monthly housing cost: $780

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#31. Wilkes County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 32.9%
- Total occupied households: 3,979
- Median household income: $37,838
- Median monthly housing cost: $684

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#30. Baker County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 42.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.7%
- Total occupied households: 1,425
- Median household income: $32,917
- Median monthly housing cost: $599

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#29. Spalding County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.5%
- Total occupied households: 24,336
- Median household income: $47,111
- Median monthly housing cost: $860

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#28. Seminole County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.5%
- Total occupied households: 3,363
- Median household income: $33,357
- Median monthly housing cost: $610

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#27. Meriwether County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.8%
- Total occupied households: 8,051
- Median household income: $37,121
- Median monthly housing cost: $679

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#26. Terrell County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 42.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.8%
- Total occupied households: 3,399
- Median household income: $34,768
- Median monthly housing cost: $637

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#25. Clinch County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 42.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.2%
- Total occupied households: 2,477
- Median household income: $27,658
- Median monthly housing cost: $509

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#24. Newton County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.6%
- Total occupied households: 37,018
- Median household income: $56,316
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,039

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#23. Gwinnett County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 43.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.8%
- Total occupied households: 293,330
- Median household income: $71,026
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,318

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#22. Troup County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.8%
- Total occupied households: 24,928
- Median household income: $45,649
- Median monthly housing cost: $851

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#21. Butts County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.9%
- Total occupied households: 8,279
- Median household income: $43,471
- Median monthly housing cost: $812

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#20. Clay County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 38.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.8%
- Total occupied households: 1,242
- Median household income: $22,325
- Median monthly housing cost: $420

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#19. Fulton County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.8%
- Total occupied households: 410,576
- Median household income: $69,673
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,317

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#18. Jenkins County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.0%
- Total occupied households: 3,443
- Median household income: $27,375
- Median monthly housing cost: $521

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#17. Dougherty County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 39.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 35.9%
- Total occupied households: 34,087
- Median household income: $39,584
- Median monthly housing cost: $759

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#16. Sumter 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: 33.2%
- Total occupied households: 11,510
- Median household income: $36,681
- Median monthly housing cost: $709

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#15. Thomas County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 42.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.4%
- Total occupied households: 17,595
- Median household income: $43,740
- Median monthly housing cost: $846

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#14. DeKalb County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 40.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 35.5%
- Total occupied households: 282,436
- Median household income: $62,399
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,216

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#13. Lowndes County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 39.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.6%
- Total occupied households: 41,282
- Median household income: $42,441
- Median monthly housing cost: $828

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#12. Hancock County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 43.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 36.3%
- Total occupied households: 2,974
- Median household income: $31,860
- Median monthly housing cost: $625

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#11. Chatham County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 40.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.1%
- Total occupied households: 108,568
- Median household income: $56,842
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,117

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#10. Muscogee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 39.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 36.8%
- Total occupied households: 72,759
- Median household income: $46,408
- Median monthly housing cost: $919

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#9. Ben Hill County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 42.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.2%
- Total occupied households: 6,443
- Median household income: $32,229
- Median monthly housing cost: $643

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#8. Bibb County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 24.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.8%
- Total occupied households: 58,116
- Median household income: $41,334
- Median monthly housing cost: $843

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#7. Early County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 24.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 39.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.3%
- Total occupied households: 4,074
- Median household income: $30,640
- Median monthly housing cost: $626

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#6. Clayton County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 24.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 38.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 37.3%
- Total occupied households: 94,279
- Median household income: $47,864
- Median monthly housing cost: $985

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#5. Richmond County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 24.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 39.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 36.5%
- Total occupied households: 71,400
- Median household income: $42,728
- Median monthly housing cost: $880

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#4. Liberty County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 25.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 36.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 35.2%
- Total occupied households: 23,485
- Median household income: $48,007
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,007

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#3. Clarke County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 27.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 35.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 41.6%
- Total occupied households: 48,844
- Median household income: $38,623
- Median monthly housing cost: $883

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#2. Chattahoochee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 27.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 36.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 38.0%
- Total occupied households: 2,570
- Median household income: $47,096
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,079

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#1. Quitman County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 28.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 35.7%
- Total occupied households: 842
- Median household income: $26,667
- Median monthly housing cost: $625

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