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

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October 3, 2021
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Counties in Utah 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 Utah 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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#29. Daggett County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 6.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 76.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 7.4%
- Total occupied households: 163
- Median household income: $75,417
- Median monthly housing cost: $431

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#28. Rich County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 66.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 10.4%
- Total occupied households: 635
- Median household income: $57,902
- Median monthly housing cost: $575

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#27. Emery County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 64.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 13.6%
- Total occupied households: 3,665
- Median household income: $55,554
- Median monthly housing cost: $588

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#26. San Juan County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.7%
- Total occupied households: 4,311
- Median household income: $45,394
- Median monthly housing cost: $501

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#25. Millard County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 62.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.2%
- Total occupied households: 4,337
- Median household income: $62,242
- Median monthly housing cost: $713

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#24. Garfield County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.6%
- Total occupied households: 1,760
- Median household income: $54,565
- Median monthly housing cost: $642

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#23. Wayne County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.2%
- Total occupied households: 1,000
- Median household income: $44,245
- Median monthly housing cost: $534

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#22. Piute County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.7%
- Total occupied households: 532
- Median household income: $42,813
- Median monthly housing cost: $531

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#21. Carbon County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.3%
- Total occupied households: 7,829
- Median household income: $51,158
- Median monthly housing cost: $654

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#20. Uintah County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.7%
- Total occupied households: 10,569
- Median household income: $65,264
- Median monthly housing cost: $880

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#19. Sevier County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.4%
- Total occupied households: 7,364
- Median household income: $54,799
- Median monthly housing cost: $762

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#18. Duchesne County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.9%
- Total occupied households: 6,868
- Median household income: $63,224
- Median monthly housing cost: $881

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#17. Beaver County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 64.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.5%
- Total occupied households: 2,282
- Median household income: $55,221
- Median monthly housing cost: $777

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#16. Juab County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.5%
- Total occupied households: 3,464
- Median household income: $61,463
- Median monthly housing cost: $874

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#15. Sanpete County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.2%
- Total occupied households: 8,643
- Median household income: $53,838
- Median monthly housing cost: $801

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#14. Box Elder County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.1%
- Total occupied households: 17,569
- Median household income: $62,233
- Median monthly housing cost: $945

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#13. Grand County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.2%
- Total occupied households: 4,191
- Median household income: $51,557
- Median monthly housing cost: $785

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#12. Davis County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.3%
- Total occupied households: 104,551
- Median household income: $83,310
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,276

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#11. Weber County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.7%
- Total occupied households: 83,632
- Median household income: $67,244
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,036

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#10. Morgan County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.4%
- Total occupied households: 3,365
- Median household income: $91,341
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,442

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#9. Cache County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.1%
- Total occupied households: 38,393
- Median household income: $59,038
- Median monthly housing cost: $936

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#8. Tooele County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.8%
- Total occupied households: 20,478
- Median household income: $74,562
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,191

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#7. Summit County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.8%
- Total occupied households: 14,220
- Median household income: $102,958
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,666

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#6. Wasatch County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.7%
- Total occupied households: 9,879
- Median household income: $85,166
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,397

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#5. Iron County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.0%
- Total occupied households: 17,015
- Median household income: $51,807
- Median monthly housing cost: $869

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#4. Salt Lake 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: 27.3%
- Total occupied households: 374,820
- Median household income: $74,865
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,259

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#3. Utah County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.8%
- Total occupied households: 165,991
- Median household income: $74,665
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,269

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#2. Kane County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.1%
- Total occupied households: 2,643
- Median household income: $47,044
- Median monthly housing cost: $801

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#1. Washington County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.7%
- Total occupied households: 57,144
- Median household income: $59,839
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,038

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