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

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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 Kansas where people spend the highest percentage 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 Kansas most of people’s take-home pay goes to their monthly rent.

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#50. Anderson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.7%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.9%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.2%
– Total occupied households: 3,101
– Median household income: $50,213
– Median monthly housing cost: $657

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#49. Mitchell County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.7%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.9%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.7%
– Total occupied households: 2,570
– Median household income: $46,203
– Median monthly housing cost: $605

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#48. Chase County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.9%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.1%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.7%
– Total occupied households: 1,051
– Median household income: $45,353
– Median monthly housing cost: $602

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#47. Wilson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.0%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.2%
– Total occupied households: 3,712
– Median household income: $48,341
– Median monthly housing cost: $644

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#46. Chautauqua County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.1%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.4%
– Total occupied households: 1,456
– Median household income: $40,298
– Median monthly housing cost: $540

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#45. Greenwood County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.9%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.7%
– Total occupied households: 2,769
– Median household income: $41,982
– Median monthly housing cost: $563

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#44. Ottawa County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.6%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.8%
– Total occupied households: 2,446
– Median household income: $54,784
– Median monthly housing cost: $739

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#43. Pratt County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.3%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.2%
– Total occupied households: 3,652
– Median household income: $52,327
– Median monthly housing cost: $709

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#42. Grant County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.3%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.7%
– Total occupied households: 2,551
– Median household income: $53,413
– Median monthly housing cost: $724

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#41. McPherson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.3%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.0%
– Total occupied households: 12,334
– Median household income: $59,089
– Median monthly housing cost: $804

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#40. Woodson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.5%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.9%
– Total occupied households: 1,434
– Median household income: $39,643
– Median monthly housing cost: $546

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#39. Sumner County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.5%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.6%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.0%
– Total occupied households: 9,416
– Median household income: $55,000
– Median monthly housing cost: $758

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#38. Cloud County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.8%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.0%
– Total occupied households: 3,689
– Median household income: $45,373
– Median monthly housing cost: $634

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#37. Harvey County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.8%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.0%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.4%
– Total occupied households: 13,290
– Median household income: $57,982
– Median monthly housing cost: $812

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#36. Allen County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.9%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.5%
– Total occupied households: 5,372
– Median household income: $45,333
– Median monthly housing cost: $638

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#35. Jefferson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.0%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.6%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.4%
– Total occupied households: 7,575
– Median household income: $64,864
– Median monthly housing cost: $918

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#34. Labette County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.0%
– Total occupied households: 8,176
– Median household income: $47,643
– Median monthly housing cost: $679

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#33. Cherokee County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.1%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.1%
– Total occupied households: 7,929
– Median household income: $43,175
– Median monthly housing cost: $616

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#32. Jackson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.8%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.9%
– Total occupied households: 5,465
– Median household income: $57,914
– Median monthly housing cost: $827

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#31. Finney County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.4%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.9%
– Total occupied households: 12,519
– Median household income: $60,798
– Median monthly housing cost: $869

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#30. Montgomery County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.9%
– Total occupied households: 13,576
– Median household income: $45,157
– Median monthly housing cost: $646

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#29. Cowley County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.7%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.8%
– Total occupied households: 13,499
– Median household income: $50,102
– Median monthly housing cost: $718

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#28. Pottawatomie County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.3%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.4%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.9%
– Total occupied households: 8,698
– Median household income: $66,835
– Median monthly housing cost: $962

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#27. Neosho County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.3%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.6%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.8%
– Total occupied households: 6,601
– Median household income: $46,291
– Median monthly housing cost: $668

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#26. Atchison County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.4%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.0%
– Total occupied households: 5,958
– Median household income: $50,439
– Median monthly housing cost: $730

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#25. Linn County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.0%
– Total occupied households: 4,497
– Median household income: $48,778
– Median monthly housing cost: $706

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#24. Reno County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.8%
– Total occupied households: 25,014
– Median household income: $49,936
– Median monthly housing cost: $724

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#23. Osage County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.5%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.9%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.6%
– Total occupied households: 6,607
– Median household income: $54,090
– Median monthly housing cost: $788

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#22. Johnson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.7%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.8%
– Total occupied households: 228,592
– Median household income: $89,087
– Median monthly housing cost: $1,311

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#21. Ellis County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.7%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.1%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.5%
– Total occupied households: 11,544
– Median household income: $52,883
– Median monthly housing cost: $779

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#20. Franklin County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.8%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.6%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.4%
– Total occupied households: 10,118
– Median household income: $56,582
– Median monthly housing cost: $839

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#19. Russell County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.8%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.1%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.4%
– Total occupied households: 3,015
– Median household income: $44,792
– Median monthly housing cost: $666

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#18. Hamilton County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.9%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.3%
– Total occupied households: 890
– Median household income: $46,944
– Median monthly housing cost: $699

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#17. Bourbon County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.0%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.4%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.7%
– Total occupied households: 5,636
– Median household income: $43,917
– Median monthly housing cost: $657

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#16. Sherman County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.0%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.8%
– Total occupied households: 2,544
– Median household income: $54,754
– Median monthly housing cost: $825

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#15. Ford County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.6%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.7%
– Total occupied households: 11,344
– Median household income: $51,711
– Median monthly housing cost: $785

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#14. Leavenworth County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.4%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.9%
– Total occupied households: 27,253
– Median household income: $73,013
– Median monthly housing cost: $1,110

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#13. Shawnee County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.0%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.5%
– Total occupied households: 72,267
– Median household income: $56,762
– Median monthly housing cost: $868

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#12. Miami County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.0%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.2%
– Total occupied households: 12,835
– Median household income: $71,995
– Median monthly housing cost: $1,101

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#11. Dickinson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.8%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.1%
– Total occupied households: 7,911
– Median household income: $49,991
– Median monthly housing cost: $766

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#10. Butler County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.9%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.9%
– Total occupied households: 24,870
– Median household income: $64,782
– Median monthly housing cost: $995

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#9. Saline County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.6%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.4%
– Total occupied households: 21,959
– Median household income: $52,200
– Median monthly housing cost: $810

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#8. Lyon County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.6%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.8%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.1%
– Total occupied households: 13,569
– Median household income: $46,338
– Median monthly housing cost: $720

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#7. Sedgwick County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.8%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.4%
– Total occupied households: 197,229
– Median household income: $56,524
– Median monthly housing cost: $886

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#6. Seward County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.3%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.7%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.2%
– Total occupied households: 7,321
– Median household income: $49,291
– Median monthly housing cost: $792

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#5. Crawford County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.6%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.7%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.2%
– Total occupied households: 15,284
– Median household income: $41,004
– Median monthly housing cost: $703

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#4. Douglas County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.8%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 43.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 32.4%
– Total occupied households: 46,936
– Median household income: $59,435
– Median monthly housing cost: $1,032

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#3. Wyandotte County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.9%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 32.1%
– Total occupied households: 60,128
– Median household income: $46,881
– Median monthly housing cost: $895

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#2. Riley County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.3%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 37.8%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 37.7%
– Total occupied households: 26,490
– Median household income: $51,208
– Median monthly housing cost: $996

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#1. Geary County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.6%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 37.9%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.7%
– Total occupied households: 12,684
– Median household income: $53,133
– Median monthly housing cost: $1,044

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