Counties with the most renters in Rhode Island

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February 24, 2021
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Counties with the most renters in Rhode Island

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 Rhode Island 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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#5. Washington County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 26.0%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,133 (+7.9% change in rent since 2015)
--- #2 highest rent among counties in Rhode Island, #234 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 38.4%
--- #3 most common among counties in Rhode Island, #1,069 among all counties nationwide
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#4. Bristol County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 29.3%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,037 (+4.4% change in rent since 2015)
--- #4 highest rent among counties in Rhode Island, #352 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 42.1%
--- #1 most common among counties in Rhode Island, #589 among all counties nationwide
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#3. Kent County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 29.9%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,079 (+10.7% change in rent since 2015)
--- #3 highest rent among counties in Rhode Island, #291 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 36.0%
--- #4 most common among counties in Rhode Island, #1,479 among all counties nationwide
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#2. Newport County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 36.8%
- 2019 median gross rent: $1,285 (+15.7% change in rent since 2015)
--- #1 highest rent among counties in Rhode Island, #126 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 33.3%
--- #5 most common among counties in Rhode Island, #1,874 among all counties nationwide
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#1. Providence County

- Housing units occupied by renters: 45.8%
- 2019 median gross rent: $967 (+9.0% change in rent since 2015)
--- #5 highest rent among counties in Rhode Island, #469 among all counties nationwide
- Renters paying over 35% of household income: 39.3%
--- #2 most common among counties in Rhode Island, #941 among all counties nationwide

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