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

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October 3, 2021
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Counties in Idaho 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 Idaho 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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#44. Clark County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 10.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.2%
- Total occupied households: 290
- Median household income: $46,154
- Median monthly housing cost: $400

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#43. Custer County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.6%
- Total occupied households: 1,774
- Median household income: $40,875
- Median monthly housing cost: $399

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#42. Caribou County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.4%
- Total occupied households: 2,538
- Median household income: $59,053
- Median monthly housing cost: $627

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#41. Bear Lake County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.4%
- Total occupied households: 2,424
- Median household income: $54,167
- Median monthly housing cost: $657

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#40. Adams County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.9%
- Total occupied households: 1,757
- Median household income: $48,856
- Median monthly housing cost: $603

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#39. Butte County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.8%
- Total occupied households: 967
- Median household income: $42,132
- Median monthly housing cost: $523

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#38. Bingham County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.2%
- Total occupied households: 14,989
- Median household income: $55,472
- Median monthly housing cost: $694

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#37. Minidoka County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.3%
- Total occupied households: 7,250
- Median household income: $53,370
- Median monthly housing cost: $678

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#36. Cassia County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.8%
- Total occupied households: 7,711
- Median household income: $52,935
- Median monthly housing cost: $689

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#35. Fremont County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.5%
- Total occupied households: 4,347
- Median household income: $58,065
- Median monthly housing cost: $765

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#34. Oneida County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.7%
- Total occupied households: 1,615
- Median household income: $53,841
- Median monthly housing cost: $728

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#33. Boise County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.6%
- Total occupied households: 3,205
- Median household income: $59,646
- Median monthly housing cost: $807

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#32. Jefferson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.8%
- Total occupied households: 8,791
- Median household income: $63,048
- Median monthly housing cost: $858

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#31. Franklin County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.2%
- Total occupied households: 4,397
- Median household income: $57,215
- Median monthly housing cost: $784

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#30. Idaho County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.1%
- Total occupied households: 6,407
- Median household income: $41,516
- Median monthly housing cost: $580

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#29. Owyhee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.5%
- Total occupied households: 4,321
- Median household income: $43,798
- Median monthly housing cost: $622

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#28. Clearwater County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.4%
- Total occupied households: 3,555
- Median household income: $43,915
- Median monthly housing cost: $624

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#27. Benewah County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.1%
- Total occupied households: 3,418
- Median household income: $47,556
- Median monthly housing cost: $677

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#26. Lincoln County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.1%
- Total occupied households: 1,724
- Median household income: $50,053
- Median monthly housing cost: $719

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#25. Boundary County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.7%
- Total occupied households: 4,653
- Median household income: $43,423
- Median monthly housing cost: $630

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#24. Bonneville County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.7%
- Total occupied households: 39,768
- Median household income: $60,615
- Median monthly housing cost: $884

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#23. Nez Perce County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.6%
- Total occupied households: 16,384
- Median household income: $58,107
- Median monthly housing cost: $850

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#22. Gooding County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.8%
- Total occupied households: 5,469
- Median household income: $47,204
- Median monthly housing cost: $695

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#21. Lewis County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.7%
- Total occupied households: 1,646
- Median household income: $41,198
- Median monthly housing cost: $609

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#20. Valley County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.2%
- Total occupied households: 3,869
- Median household income: $64,475
- Median monthly housing cost: $954

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#19. Jerome County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.7%
- Total occupied households: 8,022
- Median household income: $52,921
- Median monthly housing cost: $785

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#18. Bannock County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.7%
- Total occupied households: 31,155
- Median household income: $51,734
- Median monthly housing cost: $772

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#17. Shoshone County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.0%
- Total occupied households: 5,466
- Median household income: $39,386
- Median monthly housing cost: $604

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#16. Power County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.0%
- Total occupied households: 2,633
- Median household income: $48,823
- Median monthly housing cost: $755

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#15. Teton County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.1%
- Total occupied households: 3,707
- Median household income: $74,216
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,155

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#14. Washington County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.2%
- Total occupied households: 4,035
- Median household income: $40,992
- Median monthly housing cost: $650

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#13. Lemhi County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.5%
- Total occupied households: 3,582
- Median household income: $39,324
- Median monthly housing cost: $627

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#12. Latah County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.0%
- Total occupied households: 15,422
- Median household income: $49,158
- Median monthly housing cost: $793

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#11. Payette 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: 23.0%
- Total occupied households: 8,876
- Median household income: $50,579
- Median monthly housing cost: $817

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#10. Twin Falls County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.1%
- Total occupied households: 31,146
- Median household income: $52,919
- Median monthly housing cost: $869

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#9. Bonner County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.7%
--- 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: 17,537
- Median household income: $50,256
- Median monthly housing cost: $827

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#8. Ada County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.7%
- Total occupied households: 173,353
- Median household income: $66,293
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,102

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#7. Gem County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.1%
- Total occupied households: 6,683
- Median household income: $45,492
- Median monthly housing cost: $777

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#6. Elmore County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.1%
- Total occupied households: 10,606
- Median household income: $46,855
- Median monthly housing cost: $817

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#5. Canyon County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.8%
- Total occupied households: 72,807
- Median household income: $52,134
- Median monthly housing cost: $929

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#4. Kootenai County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.3%
- Total occupied households: 62,304
- Median household income: $57,242
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,024

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#3. Blaine County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 32.2%
- Total occupied households: 7,995
- Median household income: $56,694
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,073

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#2. Madison County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 36.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 45.8%
- Total occupied households: 11,016
- Median household income: $39,160
- Median monthly housing cost: $752

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#1. Camas County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 25.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 43.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.0%
- Total occupied households: 394
- Median household income: $39,688
- Median monthly housing cost: $826

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