Parishes in Louisiana where people spend most of their paycheck on housing

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October 3, 2021
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Parishes in Louisiana 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 parishes in Louisiana 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. Vermilion Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 62.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.0%
- Total occupied households: 22,086
- Median household income: $51,945
- Median monthly housing cost: $619

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#49. West Baton Rouge Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.0%
- Total occupied households: 9,643
- Median household income: $65,385
- Median monthly housing cost: $782

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#48. Iberville Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.0%
- Total occupied households: 10,903
- Median household income: $50,161
- Median monthly housing cost: $610

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#47. LaSalle Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 62.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.7%
- Total occupied households: 4,814
- Median household income: $42,104
- Median monthly housing cost: $513

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#46. Tensas Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.1%
- Total occupied households: 1,792
- Median household income: $27,500
- Median monthly housing cost: $347

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#45. Caldwell Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.1%
- Total occupied households: 3,665
- Median household income: $37,691
- Median monthly housing cost: $476

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#44. Jefferson Davis Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.7%
- Total occupied households: 11,726
- Median household income: $42,105
- Median monthly housing cost: $532

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#43. De Soto Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.1%
- Total occupied households: 10,821
- Median household income: $46,006
- Median monthly housing cost: $584

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#42. Ascension Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 61.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.6%
- Total occupied households: 43,032
- Median household income: $80,527
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,023

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#41. Lafourche Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.3%
- Total occupied households: 36,895
- Median household income: $55,506
- Median monthly housing cost: $707

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#40. Acadia Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.4%
- Total occupied households: 22,236
- Median household income: $43,396
- Median monthly housing cost: $563

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#39. Bienville Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.5%
- Total occupied households: 5,812
- Median household income: $30,272
- Median monthly housing cost: $393

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#38. West Feliciana Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.0%
- Total occupied households: 3,869
- Median household income: $59,637
- Median monthly housing cost: $778

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#37. Grant Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.5%
- Total occupied households: 6,989
- Median household income: $42,505
- Median monthly housing cost: $573

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#36. Franklin Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.9%
- Total occupied households: 7,423
- Median household income: $35,282
- Median monthly housing cost: $487

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#35. St. Landry Parish

- 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: 23.4%
- Total occupied households: 30,485
- Median household income: $36,403
- Median monthly housing cost: $509

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#34. Iberia Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.1%
- Total occupied households: 26,184
- Median household income: $46,861
- Median monthly housing cost: $658

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#33. St. Charles Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.0%
- Total occupied households: 19,212
- Median household income: $69,019
- Median monthly housing cost: $972

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#32. Pointe Coupee Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.2%
- Total occupied households: 8,960
- Median household income: $41,480
- Median monthly housing cost: $586

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#31. Richland Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.9%
- Total occupied households: 7,459
- Median household income: $34,029
- Median monthly housing cost: $491

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#30. Livingston Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.3%
- Total occupied households: 48,410
- Median household income: $63,389
- Median monthly housing cost: $925

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#29. Calcasieu Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.0%
- Total occupied households: 77,780
- Median household income: $51,148
- Median monthly housing cost: $750

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#28. Washington Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.5%
- Total occupied households: 17,613
- Median household income: $37,570
- Median monthly housing cost: $556

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#27. Morehouse Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.5%
- Total occupied households: 9,732
- Median household income: $32,929
- Median monthly housing cost: $493

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#26. St. John the Baptist Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.5%
- Total occupied households: 15,270
- Median household income: $57,429
- Median monthly housing cost: $877

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#25. Terrebonne Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.2%
- Total occupied households: 39,972
- Median household income: $48,747
- Median monthly housing cost: $752

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#24. Avoyelles Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.9%
- Total occupied households: 15,163
- Median household income: $38,565
- Median monthly housing cost: $597

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#23. Plaquemines Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.7%
- Total occupied households: 8,919
- Median household income: $57,204
- Median monthly housing cost: $893

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#22. St. Mary Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.5%
- Total occupied households: 19,856
- Median household income: $40,485
- Median monthly housing cost: $634

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#21. Lafayette Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.2%
- Total occupied households: 91,543
- Median household income: $56,999
- Median monthly housing cost: $899

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#20. Concordia Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.5%
- Total occupied households: 7,162
- Median household income: $32,500
- Median monthly housing cost: $514

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#19. Red River Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.0%
- Total occupied households: 3,372
- Median household income: $33,816
- Median monthly housing cost: $535

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#18. St. Tammany Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.4%
- Total occupied households: 92,962
- Median household income: $68,905
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,106

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#17. Evangeline Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.2%
- Total occupied households: 12,172
- Median household income: $31,965
- Median monthly housing cost: $514

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#16. Claiborne Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.6%
- Total occupied households: 5,917
- Median household income: $26,776
- Median monthly housing cost: $431

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#15. Rapides Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.1%
- Total occupied households: 48,488
- Median household income: $47,269
- Median monthly housing cost: $771

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#14. Vernon Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.4%
- Total occupied households: 17,696
- Median household income: $49,141
- Median monthly housing cost: $812

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#13. Tangipahoa Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.1%
- Total occupied households: 47,597
- Median household income: $47,832
- Median monthly housing cost: $797

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#12. Madison Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 43.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.8%
- Total occupied households: 3,832
- Median household income: $30,350
- Median monthly housing cost: $511

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#11. East Baton Rouge Parish

- 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: 30.6%
- Total occupied households: 164,346
- Median household income: $54,948
- Median monthly housing cost: $944

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#10. Bossier Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.9%
- Total occupied households: 49,377
- Median household income: $54,268
- Median monthly housing cost: $952

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#9. Ouachita Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.4%
- Total occupied households: 56,556
- Median household income: $41,121
- Median monthly housing cost: $732

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#8. Jefferson Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 32.0%
- Total occupied households: 169,452
- Median household income: $54,032
- Median monthly housing cost: $962

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#7. Webster Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.4%
- Total occupied households: 16,551
- Median household income: $28,951
- Median monthly housing cost: $522

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#6. St. Bernard Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.7%
- Total occupied households: 15,005
- Median household income: $44,661
- Median monthly housing cost: $825

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#5. East Carroll Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 37.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.4%
- Total occupied households: 2,037
- Median household income: $22,346
- Median monthly housing cost: $415

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#4. Caddo Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 34.2%
- Total occupied households: 95,864
- Median household income: $41,797
- Median monthly housing cost: $795

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#3. Lincoln Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 24.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 42.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.6%
- Total occupied households: 17,712
- Median household income: $35,467
- Median monthly housing cost: $713

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#2. Natchitoches Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 27.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 38.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 35.4%
- Total occupied households: 14,659
- Median household income: $28,567
- Median monthly housing cost: $662

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#1. Orleans Parish

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 29.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 32.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 43.3%
- Total occupied households: 153,819
- Median household income: $41,604
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,031

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