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

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October 3, 2021
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Counties in Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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. Marshall County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.4%
- Total occupied households: 6,195
- Median household income: $45,746
- Median monthly housing cost: $560

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#49. Pushmataha County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.0%
- Total occupied households: 4,477
- Median household income: $37,692
- Median monthly housing cost: $469

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#48. McIntosh County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.5%
- Total occupied households: 8,327
- Median household income: $39,084
- Median monthly housing cost: $487

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#47. Greer County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.9%
- Total occupied households: 2,054
- Median household income: $41,488
- Median monthly housing cost: $520

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#46. Love County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.9%
- Total occupied households: 3,268
- Median household income: $49,399
- Median monthly housing cost: $623

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#45. Pawnee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.4%
- Total occupied households: 6,179
- Median household income: $48,009
- Median monthly housing cost: $612

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#44. McCurtain County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.2%
- Total occupied households: 12,646
- Median household income: $37,061
- Median monthly housing cost: $474

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#43. Woodward County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.1%
- Total occupied households: 7,495
- Median household income: $60,147
- Median monthly housing cost: $770

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#42. Haskell County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.9%
- Total occupied households: 4,931
- Median household income: $42,348
- Median monthly housing cost: $544

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#41. Garvin County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.3%
- Total occupied households: 10,447
- Median household income: $47,125
- Median monthly housing cost: $607

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#40. Nowata County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.9%
- Total occupied households: 4,099
- Median household income: $43,145
- Median monthly housing cost: $563

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#39. Mayes County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.8%
- Total occupied households: 15,983
- Median household income: $50,345
- Median monthly housing cost: $662

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#38. Okfuskee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.9%
- Total occupied households: 3,976
- Median household income: $38,411
- Median monthly housing cost: $508

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#37. Logan County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.2%
- Total occupied households: 15,512
- Median household income: $65,357
- Median monthly housing cost: $866

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#36. Atoka County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.1%
--- 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: 5,284
- Median household income: $39,316
- Median monthly housing cost: $528

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#35. Washington County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.1%
- Total occupied households: 20,455
- Median household income: $54,997
- Median monthly housing cost: $741

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#34. Kay County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.0%
- Total occupied households: 17,610
- Median household income: $46,809
- Median monthly housing cost: $631

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#33. McClain 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: 20.6%
- Total occupied households: 14,428
- Median household income: $67,662
- Median monthly housing cost: $918

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#32. Pittsburg County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.1%
- Total occupied households: 17,816
- Median household income: $46,784
- Median monthly housing cost: $637

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#31. Custer County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.2%
- Total occupied households: 10,653
- Median household income: $49,900
- Median monthly housing cost: $683

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#30. Carter County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.8%
- Total occupied households: 18,339
- Median household income: $51,419
- Median monthly housing cost: $706

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#29. Texas County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.7%
- Total occupied households: 6,768
- Median household income: $52,282
- Median monthly housing cost: $718

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#28. Garfield County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.0%
- Total occupied households: 23,541
- Median household income: $54,006
- Median monthly housing cost: $742

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#27. Beckham County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.8%
- Total occupied households: 7,578
- Median household income: $50,721
- Median monthly housing cost: $697

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#26. Stephens County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.0%
- Total occupied households: 16,720
- Median household income: $47,214
- Median monthly housing cost: $652

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#25. Pottawatomie County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.7%
- Total occupied households: 25,917
- Median household income: $49,250
- Median monthly housing cost: $683

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#24. Osage County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.9%
- Total occupied households: 18,263
- Median household income: $49,103
- Median monthly housing cost: $681

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#23. Pontotoc County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.6%
- Total occupied households: 14,278
- Median household income: $50,392
- Median monthly housing cost: $700

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#22. Adair County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.8%
- Total occupied households: 7,733
- Median household income: $34,695
- Median monthly housing cost: $483

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#21. Seminole County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.7%
--- 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: 9,317
- Median household income: $39,373
- Median monthly housing cost: $549

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#20. Okmulgee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.3%
- Total occupied households: 14,724
- Median household income: $42,998
- Median monthly housing cost: $606

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#19. Le Flore County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.2%
- Total occupied households: 18,261
- Median household income: $40,677
- Median monthly housing cost: $580

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#18. Craig County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.4%
- Total occupied households: 5,422
- Median household income: $43,329
- Median monthly housing cost: $619

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#17. Creek County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.0%
- Total occupied households: 26,427
- Median household income: $51,318
- Median monthly housing cost: $736

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#16. Jackson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.7%
- Total occupied households: 9,762
- Median household income: $49,703
- Median monthly housing cost: $721

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#15. Sequoyah County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.9%
- Total occupied households: 15,474
- Median household income: $40,351
- Median monthly housing cost: $592

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#14. Cherokee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.1%
- Total occupied households: 16,665
- Median household income: $42,774
- Median monthly housing cost: $628

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#13. Rogers County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.2%
- Total occupied households: 34,755
- Median household income: $65,434
- Median monthly housing cost: $965

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#12. Choctaw County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.2%
- Total occupied households: 5,971
- Median household income: $34,489
- Median monthly housing cost: $509

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#11. Canadian County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.2%
- Total occupied households: 44,906
- Median household income: $72,056
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,065

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#10. Wagoner County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.1%
- Total occupied households: 29,208
- Median household income: $62,795
- Median monthly housing cost: $929

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#9. Delaware County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.0%
- Total occupied households: 16,739
- Median household income: $41,696
- Median monthly housing cost: $639

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#8. Ottawa County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.5%
- Total occupied households: 11,847
- Median household income: $39,872
- Median monthly housing cost: $613

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#7. Bryan County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.3%
- Total occupied households: 17,253
- Median household income: $44,212
- Median monthly housing cost: $680

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#6. Cleveland County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.9%
- Total occupied households: 106,172
- Median household income: $64,016
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,004

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#5. Muskogee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.9%
- Total occupied households: 26,234
- Median household income: $43,078
- Median monthly housing cost: $680

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#4. Comanche County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.8%
- Total occupied households: 42,842
- Median household income: $52,161
- Median monthly housing cost: $838

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#3. Tulsa County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.1%
- Total occupied households: 252,661
- Median household income: $55,517
- Median monthly housing cost: $930

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#2. Oklahoma County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.4%
- Total occupied households: 301,570
- Median household income: $54,520
- Median monthly housing cost: $915

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#1. Payne County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 40.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 35.9%
- Total occupied households: 30,788
- Median household income: $41,603
- Median monthly housing cost: $812

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