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

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October 3, 2021
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Counties in South 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 South 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. Miner County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.2%
- Total occupied households: 948
- Median household income: $52,910
- Median monthly housing cost: $565

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#49. Kingsbury County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 66.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.5%
- Total occupied households: 2,279
- Median household income: $61,699
- Median monthly housing cost: $665

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#48. Dewey County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 62.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.3%
- Total occupied households: 1,651
- Median household income: $47,475
- Median monthly housing cost: $512

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#47. Douglas County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 63.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.7%
- Total occupied households: 1,220
- Median household income: $58,684
- Median monthly housing cost: $633

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#46. Grant County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.6%
- Total occupied households: 3,218
- Median household income: $58,158
- Median monthly housing cost: $629

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#45. Faulk County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 65.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 14.9%
- Total occupied households: 895
- Median household income: $55,096
- Median monthly housing cost: $598

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#44. Hyde County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 64.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.4%
- Total occupied households: 597
- Median household income: $57,788
- Median monthly housing cost: $634

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#43. Lyman County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.0%
- Total occupied households: 1,397
- Median household income: $53,862
- Median monthly housing cost: $594

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#42. Spink County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 67.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 14.2%
- Total occupied households: 2,624
- Median household income: $54,423
- Median monthly housing cost: $603

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#41. Potter County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.2%
- Total occupied households: 982
- Median household income: $54,583
- Median monthly housing cost: $607

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#40. Charles Mix County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.7%
- Total occupied households: 3,166
- Median household income: $50,481
- Median monthly housing cost: $563

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#39. Hamlin County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 62.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.0%
- Total occupied households: 2,256
- Median household income: $67,105
- Median monthly housing cost: $753

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#38. McCook County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 14.0%
- Total occupied households: 2,228
- Median household income: $61,507
- Median monthly housing cost: $692

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#37. Jerauld County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 63.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.6%
- Total occupied households: 921
- Median household income: $49,632
- Median monthly housing cost: $574

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#36. Roberts County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.9%
- Total occupied households: 3,873
- Median household income: $50,348
- Median monthly housing cost: $583

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#35. Hand County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.1%
- Total occupied households: 1,508
- Median household income: $54,155
- Median monthly housing cost: $628

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#34. Clark County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.5%
- Total occupied households: 1,546
- Median household income: $48,980
- Median monthly housing cost: $590

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#33. Turner County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.2%
- Total occupied households: 3,498
- Median household income: $59,242
- Median monthly housing cost: $714

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#32. Buffalo County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.3%
- Total occupied households: 564
- Median household income: $34,808
- Median monthly housing cost: $422

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#31. Yankton County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.4%
- Total occupied households: 9,445
- Median household income: $58,342
- Median monthly housing cost: $712

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#30. Lake County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 61.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.5%
- Total occupied households: 4,700
- Median household income: $61,846
- Median monthly housing cost: $763

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#29. Stanley County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 61.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.6%
- Total occupied households: 1,344
- Median household income: $71,382
- Median monthly housing cost: $882

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#28. Day County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.8%
--- 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: 2,574
- Median household income: $46,679
- Median monthly housing cost: $577

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#27. Walworth County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.2%
- Total occupied households: 2,258
- Median household income: $55,583
- Median monthly housing cost: $692

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#26. Beadle County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.4%
- Total occupied households: 7,557
- Median household income: $52,313
- Median monthly housing cost: $652

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#25. Gregory County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.3%
- Total occupied households: 1,840
- Median household income: $43,438
- Median monthly housing cost: $543

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#24. Brule County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.4%
- Total occupied households: 2,231
- Median household income: $57,196
- Median monthly housing cost: $715

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#23. Corson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.5%
- Total occupied households: 1,195
- Median household income: $35,759
- Median monthly housing cost: $455

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#22. Bennett County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.4%
- Total occupied households: 984
- Median household income: $47,500
- Median monthly housing cost: $609

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#21. Fall River County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.0%
- Total occupied households: 2,986
- Median household income: $50,588
- Median monthly housing cost: $654

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#20. Hughes County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.8%
- Total occupied households: 7,460
- Median household income: $64,783
- Median monthly housing cost: $839

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#19. Union County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 62.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.2%
- Total occupied households: 6,619
- Median household income: $70,378
- Median monthly housing cost: $912

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#18. Brown County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.5%
- Total occupied households: 16,305
- Median household income: $58,216
- Median monthly housing cost: $818

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#17. Codington County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.6%
- Total occupied households: 12,075
- Median household income: $56,376
- Median monthly housing cost: $796

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#16. Ziebach County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.9%
- Total occupied households: 754
- Median household income: $37,400
- Median monthly housing cost: $533

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#15. Haakon County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.2%
- Total occupied households: 822
- Median household income: $42,250
- Median monthly housing cost: $608

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#14. Jackson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.2%
- Total occupied households: 858
- Median household income: $33,295
- Median monthly housing cost: $480

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#13. Brookings County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.3%
- Total occupied households: 12,896
- Median household income: $58,136
- Median monthly housing cost: $839

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#12. Oglala Lakota County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.4%
- Total occupied households: 2,729
- Median household income: $31,997
- Median monthly housing cost: $462

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#11. Lincoln County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.8%
- Total occupied households: 19,749
- Median household income: $82,473
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,207

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#10. Mellette County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.3%
- Total occupied households: 661
- Median household income: $30,650
- Median monthly housing cost: $452

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#9. Custer County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.3%
- Total occupied households: 3,876
- Median household income: $58,522
- Median monthly housing cost: $870

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#8. Minnehaha County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.1%
- Total occupied households: 76,819
- Median household income: $61,772
- Median monthly housing cost: $931

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#7. Todd County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.3%
- Total occupied households: 2,700
- Median household income: $24,331
- Median monthly housing cost: $377

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#6. Lawrence County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.8%
- Total occupied households: 11,048
- Median household income: $52,641
- Median monthly housing cost: $825

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#5. Clay County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 32.7%
- Total occupied households: 5,233
- Median household income: $50,724
- Median monthly housing cost: $799

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#4. Davison County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.4%
- Total occupied households: 8,660
- Median household income: $50,570
- Median monthly housing cost: $812

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#3. Meade County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 43.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.0%
- Total occupied households: 11,027
- Median household income: $60,578
- Median monthly housing cost: $980

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#2. Pennington County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.0%
- Total occupied households: 44,074
- Median household income: $57,039
- Median monthly housing cost: $931

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#1. Butte County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.9%
- Total occupied households: 4,164
- Median household income: $46,508
- Median monthly housing cost: $785

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