Counties in North Dakota where people spend most of their paycheck on housing

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October 3, 2021
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Counties in North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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. Hettinger County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 9.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.5%
- Total occupied households: 1,073
- Median household income: $60,164
- Median monthly housing cost: $485

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#49. Emmons County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 9.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 65.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.6%
- Total occupied households: 1,585
- Median household income: $55,902
- Median monthly housing cost: $456

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#48. Cavalier County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 9.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 69.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 14.9%
- Total occupied households: 1,737
- Median household income: $64,798
- Median monthly housing cost: $529

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#47. Billings County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 9.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 66.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 12.0%
- Total occupied households: 383
- Median household income: $75,208
- Median monthly housing cost: $618

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#46. Steele County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 9.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 75.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 8.2%
- Total occupied households: 777
- Median household income: $70,724
- Median monthly housing cost: $584

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#45. Kidder County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 10.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 64.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 12.7%
- Total occupied households: 1,092
- Median household income: $54,643
- Median monthly housing cost: $463

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#44. Divide County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 10.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.1%
- Total occupied households: 1,061
- Median household income: $62,865
- Median monthly housing cost: $533

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#43. Mercer County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 10.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 70.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 10.3%
- Total occupied households: 3,709
- Median household income: $82,181
- Median monthly housing cost: $697

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#42. Logan County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 10.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 67.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.7%
- Total occupied households: 849
- Median household income: $59,375
- Median monthly housing cost: $519

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#41. Mountrail County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 10.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 66.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 12.1%
- Total occupied households: 3,360
- Median household income: $72,147
- Median monthly housing cost: $631

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#40. Pembina County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 10.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 69.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 13.6%
- Total occupied households: 3,158
- Median household income: $64,549
- Median monthly housing cost: $569

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#39. McLean County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 10.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 66.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.3%
- Total occupied households: 4,334
- Median household income: $68,529
- Median monthly housing cost: $605

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#38. LaMoure County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 10.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 65.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 12.4%
- Total occupied households: 1,822
- Median household income: $60,806
- Median monthly housing cost: $541

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#37. McHenry County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 64.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.2%
- Total occupied households: 2,594
- Median household income: $64,179
- Median monthly housing cost: $590

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#36. Sheridan County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 64.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.1%
- Total occupied households: 731
- Median household income: $51,055
- Median monthly housing cost: $479

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#35. Benson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 63.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 14.7%
- Total occupied households: 2,248
- Median household income: $47,667
- Median monthly housing cost: $452

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#34. Grant County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 61.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.7%
- Total occupied households: 1,074
- Median household income: $50,938
- Median monthly housing cost: $486

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#33. McIntosh County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 65.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.2%
- Total occupied households: 1,291
- Median household income: $52,587
- Median monthly housing cost: $502

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#32. Rolette County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 65.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.3%
- Total occupied households: 4,608
- Median household income: $43,158
- Median monthly housing cost: $415

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#31. Bowman County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 64.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 12.7%
- Total occupied households: 1,350
- Median household income: $62,442
- Median monthly housing cost: $603

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#30. Eddy County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 67.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.2%
- Total occupied households: 1,062
- Median household income: $54,868
- Median monthly housing cost: $530

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#29. Renville County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 66.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 14.0%
- Total occupied households: 950
- Median household income: $73,182
- Median monthly housing cost: $722

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#28. Towner County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 14.6%
- Total occupied households: 1,058
- Median household income: $52,300
- Median monthly housing cost: $517

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#27. Nelson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 65.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 11.9%
- Total occupied households: 1,467
- Median household income: $52,039
- Median monthly housing cost: $518

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#26. Wells County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.6%
- Total occupied households: 1,943
- Median household income: $57,582
- Median monthly housing cost: $575

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#25. Ramsey County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 65.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.9%
- Total occupied households: 4,828
- Median household income: $58,910
- Median monthly housing cost: $590

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#24. Adams County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.4%
- Total occupied households: 1,035
- Median household income: $56,681
- Median monthly housing cost: $568

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#23. Dunn County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 63.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.4%
- Total occupied households: 1,692
- Median household income: $76,719
- Median monthly housing cost: $769

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#22. Golden Valley County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.2%
- Total occupied households: 842
- Median household income: $58,690
- Median monthly housing cost: $590

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#21. Sargent County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 71.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 12.7%
- Total occupied households: 1,864
- Median household income: $63,073
- Median monthly housing cost: $635

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#20. Dickey County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 67.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 12.4%
- Total occupied households: 2,119
- Median household income: $65,492
- Median monthly housing cost: $663

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#19. Bottineau County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 68.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.1%
- Total occupied households: 2,992
- Median household income: $60,381
- Median monthly housing cost: $612

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#18. Foster County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 63.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 14.1%
- Total occupied households: 1,423
- Median household income: $61,425
- Median monthly housing cost: $628

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#17. Griggs County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 66.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.3%
- Total occupied households: 1,089
- Median household income: $53,565
- Median monthly housing cost: $550

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#16. Sioux County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.2%
- Total occupied households: 1,112
- Median household income: $38,939
- Median monthly housing cost: $408

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#15. Ransom County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 64.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.3%
- Total occupied households: 2,371
- Median household income: $63,903
- Median monthly housing cost: $697

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#14. Traill County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 63.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.3%
- Total occupied households: 3,383
- Median household income: $64,453
- Median monthly housing cost: $708

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#13. Walsh County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 64.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.5%
- Total occupied households: 4,780
- Median household income: $55,700
- Median monthly housing cost: $612

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#12. Williams County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.9%
- Total occupied households: 14,320
- Median household income: $87,161
- Median monthly housing cost: $965

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#11. Barnes County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 62.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.4%
- Total occupied households: 5,074
- Median household income: $58,365
- Median monthly housing cost: $652

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#10. Richland County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.4%
- Total occupied households: 6,777
- Median household income: $61,371
- Median monthly housing cost: $688

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#9. Pierce County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.3%
- Total occupied households: 1,908
- Median household income: $55,660
- Median monthly housing cost: $653

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#8. Stutsman County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.7%
- Total occupied households: 8,908
- Median household income: $57,674
- Median monthly housing cost: $685

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#7. McKenzie County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.1%
- Total occupied households: 4,302
- Median household income: $77,845
- Median monthly housing cost: $959

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#6. Morton County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.8%
- Total occupied households: 13,565
- Median household income: $70,556
- Median monthly housing cost: $900

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#5. Stark County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.0%
- Total occupied households: 12,524
- Median household income: $72,045
- Median monthly housing cost: $929

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#4. Burleigh County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.9%
- Total occupied households: 39,507
- Median household income: $71,524
- Median monthly housing cost: $962

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#3. Cass County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.2%
- Total occupied households: 75,843
- Median household income: $64,482
- Median monthly housing cost: $939

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#2. Ward County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.8%
- Total occupied households: 28,277
- Median household income: $68,871
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,015

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#1. Grand Forks County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.8%
- Total occupied households: 30,502
- Median household income: $54,051
- Median monthly housing cost: $903

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