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

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October 3, 2021
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Counties in Oregon 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 Oregon 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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#36. Sherman County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.9%
- Total occupied households: 748
- Median household income: $51,071
- Median monthly housing cost: $696

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#35. Wallowa County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.7%
- Total occupied households: 3,214
- Median household income: $51,224
- Median monthly housing cost: $719

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#34. Harney County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.1%
- Total occupied households: 3,244
- Median household income: $40,735
- Median monthly housing cost: $576

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#33. Wheeler County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 39.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.9%
- Total occupied households: 640
- Median household income: $40,926
- Median monthly housing cost: $597

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#32. Baker County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.3%
- Total occupied households: 6,921
- Median household income: $45,998
- Median monthly housing cost: $681

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#31. Grant County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.3%
- Total occupied households: 3,381
- Median household income: $44,712
- Median monthly housing cost: $671

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#30. Morrow County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.1%
- Total occupied households: 4,108
- Median household income: $54,269
- Median monthly housing cost: $815

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#29. Umatilla County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.6%
- Total occupied households: 26,908
- Median household income: $54,699
- Median monthly housing cost: $843

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#28. Union County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.1%
- Total occupied households: 10,708
- Median household income: $52,171
- Median monthly housing cost: $828

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#27. Malheur County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.1%
- Total occupied households: 10,062
- Median household income: $43,313
- Median monthly housing cost: $694

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#26. Hood River 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: 25.0%
- Total occupied households: 8,600
- Median household income: $65,679
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,059

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#25. Jefferson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.8%
- Total occupied households: 8,094
- Median household income: $53,277
- Median monthly housing cost: $886

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#24. Wasco County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.2%
- Total occupied households: 10,305
- Median household income: $53,105
- Median monthly housing cost: $887

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#23. Klamath County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.1%
- Total occupied households: 27,886
- Median household income: $46,491
- Median monthly housing cost: $782

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#22. Curry County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.2%
- Total occupied households: 10,546
- Median household income: $48,440
- Median monthly housing cost: $818

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#21. Gilliam County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.4%
- Total occupied households: 842
- Median household income: $47,500
- Median monthly housing cost: $814

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#20. Douglas County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.1%
- Total occupied households: 45,456
- Median household income: $47,267
- Median monthly housing cost: $824

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#19. Lake County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.1%
- Total occupied households: 3,515
- Median household income: $37,898
- Median monthly housing cost: $670

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#18. Polk County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 42.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.5%
- Total occupied households: 30,305
- Median household income: $62,691
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,109

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#17. Columbia County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.0%
- Total occupied households: 19,671
- Median household income: $62,257
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,104

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#16. Marion County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.2%
- Total occupied households: 118,038
- Median household income: $59,625
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,086

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#15. Clatsop County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 43.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.5%
- Total occupied households: 15,800
- Median household income: $54,886
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,001

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#14. Benton County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 34.5%
- Total occupied households: 35,718
- Median household income: $62,077
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,134

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#13. Coos County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 43.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.8%
- Total occupied households: 27,025
- Median household income: $45,051
- Median monthly housing cost: $826

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#12. Clackamas County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 42.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.6%
- Total occupied households: 157,408
- Median household income: $80,484
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,477

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#11. Washington County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.6%
- Total occupied households: 219,053
- Median household income: $82,215
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,509

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#10. Linn County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 32.6%
- Total occupied households: 47,762
- Median household income: $55,893
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,028

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#9. Crook County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 40.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.8%
- Total occupied households: 9,588
- Median household income: $49,006
- Median monthly housing cost: $911

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#8. Tillamook County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.0%
- Total occupied households: 10,784
- Median household income: $49,895
- Median monthly housing cost: $928

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#7. Lincoln County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 40.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 35.0%
- Total occupied households: 21,298
- Median household income: $47,882
- Median monthly housing cost: $910

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#6. Yamhill County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 40.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.6%
- Total occupied households: 36,808
- Median household income: $63,902
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,223

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#5. Deschutes County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 40.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 34.1%
- Total occupied households: 74,397
- Median household income: $67,043
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,289

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#4. Jackson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 38.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 36.7%
- Total occupied households: 88,241
- Median household income: $53,412
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,038

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#3. Josephine County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 24.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 39.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 37.2%
- Total occupied households: 36,367
- Median household income: $45,616
- Median monthly housing cost: $913

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#2. Lane County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 24.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 37.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 36.8%
- Total occupied households: 152,312
- Median household income: $52,426
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,060

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#1. Multnomah County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 24.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 36.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 36.8%
- Total occupied households: 326,229
- Median household income: $69,176
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,403

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