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

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October 3, 2021
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Counties in Kansas 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 Kansas 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. Anderson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.2%
- Total occupied households: 3,101
- Median household income: $50,213
- Median monthly housing cost: $657

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#49. Mitchell County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.7%
- Total occupied households: 2,570
- Median household income: $46,203
- Median monthly housing cost: $605

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#48. Chase County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.7%
- Total occupied households: 1,051
- Median household income: $45,353
- Median monthly housing cost: $602

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#47. Wilson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.2%
- Total occupied households: 3,712
- Median household income: $48,341
- Median monthly housing cost: $644

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#46. Chautauqua County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.4%
- Total occupied households: 1,456
- Median household income: $40,298
- Median monthly housing cost: $540

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#45. Greenwood County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.7%
- Total occupied households: 2,769
- Median household income: $41,982
- Median monthly housing cost: $563

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#44. Ottawa County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.8%
- Total occupied households: 2,446
- Median household income: $54,784
- Median monthly housing cost: $739

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#43. Pratt County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.2%
- Total occupied households: 3,652
- Median household income: $52,327
- Median monthly housing cost: $709

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#42. Grant County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.7%
- Total occupied households: 2,551
- Median household income: $53,413
- Median monthly housing cost: $724

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#41. McPherson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.0%
- Total occupied households: 12,334
- Median household income: $59,089
- Median monthly housing cost: $804

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#40. Woodson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.9%
- Total occupied households: 1,434
- Median household income: $39,643
- Median monthly housing cost: $546

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#39. Sumner County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.0%
- Total occupied households: 9,416
- Median household income: $55,000
- Median monthly housing cost: $758

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#38. Cloud County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.0%
- Total occupied households: 3,689
- Median household income: $45,373
- Median monthly housing cost: $634

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#37. Harvey County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.4%
- Total occupied households: 13,290
- Median household income: $57,982
- Median monthly housing cost: $812

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#36. Allen County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.5%
- Total occupied households: 5,372
- Median household income: $45,333
- Median monthly housing cost: $638

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#35. Jefferson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.4%
- Total occupied households: 7,575
- Median household income: $64,864
- Median monthly housing cost: $918

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#34. Labette County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.0%
- Total occupied households: 8,176
- Median household income: $47,643
- Median monthly housing cost: $679

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#33. Cherokee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.1%
- Total occupied households: 7,929
- Median household income: $43,175
- Median monthly housing cost: $616

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#32. Jackson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.9%
- Total occupied households: 5,465
- Median household income: $57,914
- Median monthly housing cost: $827

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#31. Finney 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: 24.9%
- Total occupied households: 12,519
- Median household income: $60,798
- Median monthly housing cost: $869

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#30. Montgomery County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.9%
- Total occupied households: 13,576
- Median household income: $45,157
- Median monthly housing cost: $646

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#29. Cowley County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.8%
- Total occupied households: 13,499
- Median household income: $50,102
- Median monthly housing cost: $718

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#28. Pottawatomie County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.9%
- Total occupied households: 8,698
- Median household income: $66,835
- Median monthly housing cost: $962

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#27. Neosho County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.8%
- Total occupied households: 6,601
- Median household income: $46,291
- Median monthly housing cost: $668

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#26. Atchison County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.0%
- Total occupied households: 5,958
- Median household income: $50,439
- Median monthly housing cost: $730

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#25. Linn County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.0%
- Total occupied households: 4,497
- Median household income: $48,778
- Median monthly housing cost: $706

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#24. Reno County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.4%
--- 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: 25,014
- Median household income: $49,936
- Median monthly housing cost: $724

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#23. Osage County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.6%
- Total occupied households: 6,607
- Median household income: $54,090
- Median monthly housing cost: $788

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#22. Johnson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.8%
- Total occupied households: 228,592
- Median household income: $89,087
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,311

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#21. Ellis County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.5%
- Total occupied households: 11,544
- Median household income: $52,883
- Median monthly housing cost: $779

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#20. Franklin County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.4%
- Total occupied households: 10,118
- Median household income: $56,582
- Median monthly housing cost: $839

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#19. Russell County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.4%
- Total occupied households: 3,015
- Median household income: $44,792
- Median monthly housing cost: $666

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#18. Hamilton County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.3%
- Total occupied households: 890
- Median household income: $46,944
- Median monthly housing cost: $699

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#17. Bourbon County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.7%
- Total occupied households: 5,636
- Median household income: $43,917
- Median monthly housing cost: $657

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#16. Sherman County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.8%
- Total occupied households: 2,544
- Median household income: $54,754
- Median monthly housing cost: $825

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#15. Ford County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.7%
- Total occupied households: 11,344
- Median household income: $51,711
- Median monthly housing cost: $785

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#14. Leavenworth County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.9%
- Total occupied households: 27,253
- Median household income: $73,013
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,110

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#13. Shawnee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.5%
- Total occupied households: 72,267
- Median household income: $56,762
- Median monthly housing cost: $868

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#12. Miami County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.2%
- Total occupied households: 12,835
- Median household income: $71,995
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,101

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#11. Dickinson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.1%
- Total occupied households: 7,911
- Median household income: $49,991
- Median monthly housing cost: $766

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#10. Butler County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.9%
- Total occupied households: 24,870
- Median household income: $64,782
- Median monthly housing cost: $995

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#9. Saline County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.4%
- Total occupied households: 21,959
- Median household income: $52,200
- Median monthly housing cost: $810

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#8. Lyon County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.1%
- Total occupied households: 13,569
- Median household income: $46,338
- Median monthly housing cost: $720

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#7. Sedgwick County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.4%
- Total occupied households: 197,229
- Median household income: $56,524
- Median monthly housing cost: $886

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#6. Seward County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.2%
- Total occupied households: 7,321
- Median household income: $49,291
- Median monthly housing cost: $792

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#5. Crawford County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.2%
- Total occupied households: 15,284
- Median household income: $41,004
- Median monthly housing cost: $703

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#4. Douglas County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 43.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 32.4%
- Total occupied households: 46,936
- Median household income: $59,435
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,032

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#3. Wyandotte County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 32.1%
- Total occupied households: 60,128
- Median household income: $46,881
- Median monthly housing cost: $895

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#2. Riley County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 37.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 37.7%
- Total occupied households: 26,490
- Median household income: $51,208
- Median monthly housing cost: $996

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#1. Geary County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 37.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.7%
- Total occupied households: 12,684
- Median household income: $53,133
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,044

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