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


Stuart Seeger // Wikicommons

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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Finetooth // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Sam Beebe // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Ken Lund // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Tomas Nevesely // Shutterstock

– 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


Finetooth // Wikimedia Commons

– 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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Finetooth // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Finetooth // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Gancayco // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Williamborg // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Ken Lund from Reno, Nevada, USA // Wikimedia Commons

– 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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Sam Beebe // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Finetooth // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Cacophony // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Bobjgalindo // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Manuela Durson // Shutterstock

– 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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Tedder // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


English: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Ken Lund // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Bruce Fingerhood from Springfield, Oregon, US // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Cacophony // Wikimedia Commons

– 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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Edmund Garman // Flickr

– 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


English: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


cpaulfell // Shutterstock

– 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


Debbie Tegtmeier // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Mrgadget51 // Wikimedia Commons

– 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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M.O. Stevens // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Jmabel // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Cacophony // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


USFWS Headquarters’ photostream // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


EncMstr // Wikimedia Commons

– 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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M.O. Stevens // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Ian Poellet // Wikimedia Commons

– 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


Little Mountain 5 // Wikicommons

– 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


Joseph Novak // Wikicommons

– 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


Lauram12345 // Wikicommons

– 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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Stuart Seeger // Wikicommons

– 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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