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

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October 3, 2021
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Counties in Indiana 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 Indiana 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. Benton County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.9%
- Total occupied households: 3,432
- Median household income: $49,488
- Median monthly housing cost: $676

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#49. Clinton County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.3%
- Total occupied households: 12,033
- Median household income: $54,286
- Median monthly housing cost: $743

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#48. Shelby County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.2%
- Total occupied households: 17,823
- Median household income: $60,404
- Median monthly housing cost: $827

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#47. Jennings County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.3%
- Total occupied households: 10,792
- Median household income: $54,191
- Median monthly housing cost: $742

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#46. Steuben County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.5%
- Total occupied households: 14,261
- Median household income: $58,279
- Median monthly housing cost: $799

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#45. Montgomery County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.2%
- Total occupied households: 15,382
- Median household income: $55,522
- Median monthly housing cost: $762

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#44. Hamilton County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.4%
- Total occupied households: 119,789
- Median household income: $98,173
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,349

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#43. Floyd County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.4%
- Total occupied households: 29,189
- Median household income: $64,468
- Median monthly housing cost: $886

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#42. Huntington County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.8%
- Total occupied households: 14,742
- Median household income: $53,632
- Median monthly housing cost: $740

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#41. Sullivan County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.1%
- Total occupied households: 7,644
- Median household income: $50,245
- Median monthly housing cost: $694

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#40. Crawford County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.2%
- Total occupied households: 3,835
- Median household income: $41,662
- Median monthly housing cost: $577

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#39. Harrison County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.3%
- Total occupied households: 14,403
- Median household income: $57,712
- Median monthly housing cost: $803

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#38. Johnson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.0%
- Total occupied households: 56,628
- Median household income: $72,440
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,008

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#37. Decatur County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.7%
- Total occupied households: 10,353
- Median household income: $57,949
- Median monthly housing cost: $808

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#36. Knox County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.0%
- Total occupied households: 15,038
- Median household income: $47,380
- Median monthly housing cost: $662

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#35. Ohio County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.0%
- Total occupied households: 2,555
- Median household income: $60,128
- Median monthly housing cost: $843

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#34. Bartholomew County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.3%
- Total occupied households: 31,452
- Median household income: $63,431
- Median monthly housing cost: $890

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#33. Morgan County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.0%
- Total occupied households: 26,034
- Median household income: $64,335
- Median monthly housing cost: $911

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#32. Ripley County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.8%
- Total occupied households: 10,992
- Median household income: $56,332
- Median monthly housing cost: $807

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#31. Henry County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.9%
- Total occupied households: 18,304
- Median household income: $49,832
- Median monthly housing cost: $715

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#30. Jefferson 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: 22.1%
- Total occupied households: 12,632
- Median household income: $52,718
- Median monthly housing cost: $757

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#29. Hancock County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.7%
- Total occupied households: 28,740
- Median household income: $74,072
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,064

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#28. Blackford County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.4%
- Total occupied households: 5,235
- Median household income: $43,505
- Median monthly housing cost: $627

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#27. Hendricks County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.3%
- Total occupied households: 59,015
- Median household income: $81,933
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,182

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#26. Owen County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.8%
- Total occupied households: 8,776
- Median household income: $49,543
- Median monthly housing cost: $715

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#25. Brown County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.9%
- Total occupied households: 6,189
- Median household income: $61,030
- Median monthly housing cost: $890

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#24. Allen County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.6%
- Total occupied households: 145,065
- Median household income: $54,857
- Median monthly housing cost: $802

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#23. Elkhart County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.8%
- Total occupied households: 71,718
- Median household income: $57,021
- Median monthly housing cost: $834

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#22. Porter County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.7%
- Total occupied households: 64,517
- Median household income: $71,152
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,042

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#21. Marshall County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.0%
- Total occupied households: 17,304
- Median household income: $52,658
- Median monthly housing cost: $772

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#20. LaPorte County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.9%
- Total occupied households: 43,039
- Median household income: $53,658
- Median monthly housing cost: $794

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#19. Boone County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.3%
- Total occupied households: 25,485
- Median household income: $83,077
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,236

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#18. St. Joseph County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.1%
- Total occupied households: 101,872
- Median household income: $52,769
- Median monthly housing cost: $793

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#17. Switzerland 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: 26.2%
- Total occupied households: 4,349
- Median household income: $49,383
- Median monthly housing cost: $747

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#16. Washington County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.1%
- Total occupied households: 10,940
- Median household income: $47,983
- Median monthly housing cost: $728

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#15. Fayette County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.3%
- Total occupied households: 9,584
- Median household income: $46,175
- Median monthly housing cost: $702

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#14. Grant County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.7%
- Total occupied households: 26,372
- Median household income: $44,356
- Median monthly housing cost: $680

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#13. Wayne 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: 23.3%
- Total occupied households: 26,644
- Median household income: $46,516
- Median monthly housing cost: $714

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#12. Jackson 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: 23.8%
- Total occupied households: 16,753
- Median household income: $51,250
- Median monthly housing cost: $787

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#11. Madison County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.7%
- Total occupied households: 51,003
- Median household income: $49,522
- Median monthly housing cost: $766

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#10. Clark County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.7%
- Total occupied households: 44,200
- Median household income: $55,630
- Median monthly housing cost: $888

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#9. Union County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.7%
- Total occupied households: 2,823
- Median household income: $50,375
- Median monthly housing cost: $806

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#8. Lake County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.4%
- Total occupied households: 186,731
- Median household income: $56,128
- Median monthly housing cost: $918

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#7. Vigo County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.3%
- Total occupied households: 41,994
- Median household income: $45,230
- Median monthly housing cost: $740

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#6. Vanderburgh County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.4%
- Total occupied households: 75,607
- Median household income: $49,708
- Median monthly housing cost: $816

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#5. Delaware County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.8%
- Total occupied households: 46,026
- Median household income: $43,512
- Median monthly housing cost: $716

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#4. Tippecanoe County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.9%
- Total occupied households: 70,526
- Median household income: $53,130
- Median monthly housing cost: $878

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#3. Scott County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.0%
- Total occupied households: 8,971
- Median household income: $48,700
- Median monthly housing cost: $810

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#2. Monroe County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.4%
- Total occupied households: 55,624
- Median household income: $49,839
- Median monthly housing cost: $921

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#1. Marion County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 42.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.0%
- Total occupied households: 372,358
- Median household income: $48,316
- Median monthly housing cost: $924

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