Counties with the most renters in New Jersey

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February 24, 2021
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Counties with the most renters in New Jersey

All cities are made up of a mix of homeowners and renters, with 58.6% of Americans owning their own homes and 30.4% rending in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the American Census Bureau. In cities, there tend to be higher rates of renters due to high property values and influxes of young people who flock to urban areas after college to enter the workforce.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with most renters in New Jersey using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by percent of housing units occupied by renters as of 2019 5-year estimates. Keep reading to see if your county made the list.

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#21. Sussex County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 16.9%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,314 (+9.0% change in rent since 2015)
--- #10 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #109 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 38.7%
--- #17 most common among counties in New Jersey, #1,021 among all counties nationwide
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#20. Hunterdon County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 17.2%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,446 (+8.9% change in rent since 2015)
--- #5 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #68 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 43.3%
--- #11 most common among counties in New Jersey, #481 among all counties nationwide
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#19. Gloucester County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 19.9%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,225 (+14.3% change in rent since 2015)
--- #14 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #157 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 45.7%
--- #8 most common among counties in New Jersey, #292 among all counties nationwide
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#18. Ocean County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 20.0%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,428 (+8.0% change in rent since 2015)
--- #6 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #73 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 50.9%
--- #3 most common among counties in New Jersey, #94 among all counties nationwide
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#17. Cape May County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 22.4%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,169 (+12.6% change in rent since 2015)
--- #16 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #198 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 52.8%
--- #2 most common among counties in New Jersey, #51 among all counties nationwide
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#16. Somerset County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 24.2%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,594 (+13.0% change in rent since 2015)
--- #1 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #36 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 38.1%
--- #18 most common among counties in New Jersey, #1,112 among all counties nationwide
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#15. Burlington County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 24.6%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,346 (+11.5% change in rent since 2015)
--- #9 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #94 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 39.0%
--- #16 most common among counties in New Jersey, #980 among all counties nationwide
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#14. Morris County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 26.1%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,534 (+13.0% change in rent since 2015)
--- #2 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #47 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 34.9%
--- #21 most common among counties in New Jersey, #1,645 among all counties nationwide
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#13. Monmouth County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 26.2%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,399 (+13.0% change in rent since 2015)
--- #7 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #77 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 46.5%
--- #7 most common among counties in New Jersey, #252 among all counties nationwide
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#12. Warren County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 28.3%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,132 (+11.7% change in rent since 2015)
--- #17 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #236 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 37.5%
--- #19 most common among counties in New Jersey, #1,199 among all counties nationwide
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#11. Salem County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 28.9%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,019 (+4.6% change in rent since 2015)
--- #21 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #375 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 47.2%
--- #6 most common among counties in New Jersey, #211 among all counties nationwide
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#10. Atlantic County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 32.9%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,120 (+7.0% change in rent since 2015)
--- #18 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #250 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 48.5%
--- #4 most common among counties in New Jersey, #156 among all counties nationwide
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#9. Camden County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 33.2%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,079 (+10.3% change in rent since 2015)
--- #19 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #291 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 44.3%
--- #10 most common among counties in New Jersey, #382 among all counties nationwide
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#8. Cumberland County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 34.8%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,069 (+8.9% change in rent since 2015)
--- #20 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #303 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 53.9%
--- #1 most common among counties in New Jersey, #36 among all counties nationwide
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#7. Bergen County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 35.2%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,506 (+11.7% change in rent since 2015)
--- #3 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #51 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 39.5%
--- #14 most common among counties in New Jersey, #917 among all counties nationwide
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#6. Middlesex County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 36.5%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,469 (+13.1% change in rent since 2015)
--- #4 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #63 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 39.4%
--- #15 most common among counties in New Jersey, #924 among all counties nationwide
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#5. Mercer County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 36.9%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,266 (+11.8% change in rent since 2015)
--- #13 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #137 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 43.1%
--- #12 most common among counties in New Jersey, #491 among all counties nationwide
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#4. Union County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 41.4%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,290 (+9.9% change in rent since 2015)
--- #12 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #122 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 43.1%
--- #12 most common among counties in New Jersey, #491 among all counties nationwide
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#3. Passaic County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 47.3%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,293 (+9.2% change in rent since 2015)
--- #11 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #121 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 48.3%
--- #5 most common among counties in New Jersey, #161 among all counties nationwide
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#2. Essex County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 56.0%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,178 (+10.3% change in rent since 2015)
--- #15 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #191 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 45.6%
--- #9 most common among counties in New Jersey, #304 among all counties nationwide
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#1. Hudson County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 68.3%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,391 (+14.6% change in rent since 2015)
--- #8 highest rent among counties in New Jersey, #82 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 36.3%
--- #20 most common among counties in New Jersey, #1,426 among all counties nationwide

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