50 Counties in Florida Where Residents 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 percent of all households in the country. In 2019, renting was more affordable than buying a median-priced home in 59 percent of the counties; in 2021, the opposite was true: Owning was more affordable than renting in 63 percent of U.S. counties.

Stacker compiled a list of counties in Florida 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 Florida most of people's take-home pay goes to their monthly rent.

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50. Liberty County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.4%
- Total occupied households: 2,459
- Median household income: $38,015
- Median monthly housing cost: $554

49. Jackson County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.9%
- Total occupied households: 17,149
- Median household income: $39,872
- Median monthly housing cost: $586

48. Highlands County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.0%
- Total occupied households: 41,740
- Median household income: $40,942
- Median monthly housing cost: $604

47. Union County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.8%
- Total occupied households: 3,960
- Median household income: $44,270
- Median monthly housing cost: $661

46. Gadsden County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.0%
- Total occupied households: 17,149
- Median household income: $41,401
- Median monthly housing cost: $625

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45. Putnam County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.4%
- Total occupied households: 28,943
- Median household income: $37,670
- Median monthly housing cost: $570

44. Levy County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.4%
- Total occupied households: 16,374
- Median household income: $37,326
- Median monthly housing cost: $570

43. Hendry County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.8%
- Total occupied households: 12,527
- Median household income: $40,820
- Median monthly housing cost: $632

42. Okeechobee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.5%
- Total occupied households: 13,904
- Median household income: $41,760
- Median monthly housing cost: $648

41. Washington County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.8%
- Total occupied households: 8,827
- Median household income: $37,022
- Median monthly housing cost: $581

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40. Hardee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.7%
- Total occupied households: 7,863
- Median household income: $38,682
- Median monthly housing cost: $613

39. Gulf County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.1%
- Total occupied households: 5,757
- Median household income: $47,712
- Median monthly housing cost: $761

38. Columbia County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.1%
- Total occupied households: 25,133
- Median household income: $46,494
- Median monthly housing cost: $751

37. Santa Rosa County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.7%
- Total occupied households: 63,514
- Median household income: $67,949
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,098

36. Nassau County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.2%
- Total occupied households: 32,603
- Median household income: $69,943
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,133

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35. Indian River County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.9%
- Total occupied households: 58,612
- Median household income: $54,740
- Median monthly housing cost: $888

34. Marion County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.3%
- Total occupied households: 139,172
- Median household income: $45,371
- Median monthly housing cost: $737

33. Walton County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.4%
- Total occupied households: 27,420
- Median household income: $58,093
- Median monthly housing cost: $953

32. Hernando County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.4%
- Total occupied households: 75,348
- Median household income: $48,812
- Median monthly housing cost: $803

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31. St. Johns County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.6%
- Total occupied households: 88,773
- Median household income: $82,252
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,357

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30. Martin County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.7%
- Total occupied households: 64,528
- Median household income: $61,133
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,009

29. Clay County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.8%
- Total occupied households: 74,333
- Median household income: $65,740
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,091

28. Charlotte County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.1%
- Total occupied households: 76,891
- Median household income: $51,499
- Median monthly housing cost: $856

27. DeSoto County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.0%
- Total occupied households: 12,072
- Median household income: $35,438
- Median monthly housing cost: $591

26. Lake County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.1%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.7%
- Total occupied households: 134,317
- Median household income: $54,513
- Median monthly housing cost: $913

#25. Sarasota County
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25. Sarasota County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.0%
- Total occupied households: 182,842
- Median household income: $62,236
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,056

24. Brevard County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.5%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.1%
- Total occupied households: 230,417
- Median household income: $56,775
- Median monthly housing cost: $971

23. Pasco County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.6%
- Total occupied households: 204,198
- Median household income: $52,828
- Median monthly housing cost: $926

22. Polk County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.0%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.5%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.2%
- Total occupied households: 235,283
- Median household income: $50,584
- Median monthly housing cost: $887

21. Manatee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 30.7%
- Total occupied households: 145,356
- Median household income: $59,009
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,053

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20. Okaloosa County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.6%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.7%
- Total occupied households: 77,962
- Median household income: $63,412
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,141

#19. Lee County
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19. Lee County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.3%
- Total occupied households: 275,965
- Median household income: $57,832
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,049

18. Collier County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 32.6%
- Total occupied households: 142,979
- Median household income: $69,653
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,272

17. Bay County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.0%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.1%
- Total occupied households: 71,422
- Median household income: $54,316
- Median monthly housing cost: $992

16. Escambia County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.5%
- Total occupied households: 120,104
- Median household income: $50,915
- Median monthly housing cost: $930

15. Seminole County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 42.8%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.3%
- Total occupied households: 173,668
- Median household income: $66,768
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,245

14. Flagler County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 46.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 31.0%
- Total occupied households: 42,121
- Median household income: $54,514
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,019

13. Volusia County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 32.6%
- Total occupied households: 216,495
- Median household income: $49,494
- Median monthly housing cost: $939

12. Pinellas County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.2%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.7%
- Total occupied households: 407,546
- Median household income: $54,090
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,044

11. Duval County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 40.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 33.2%
- Total occupied households: 359,544
- Median household income: $55,807
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,084

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10. Alachua County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.3%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 34.7%
- Total occupied households: 97,995
- Median household income: $49,689
- Median monthly housing cost: $968

9. Hillsborough County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 34.1%
- Total occupied households: 526,175
- Median household income: $58,884
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,150

8. Leon County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.7%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 40.7%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 36.4%
- Total occupied households: 113,658
- Median household income: $53,106
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,049

7. St. Lucie County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 34.5%
- Total occupied households: 114,761
- Median household income: $52,322
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,041

6. Palm Beach County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 24.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 39.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 37.9%
- Total occupied households: 554,095
- Median household income: $63,299
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,306

#5. Orange County
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5. Orange County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 25.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 36.6%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 38.0%
- Total occupied households: 461,705
- Median household income: $58,254
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,226

4. Monroe County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 25.8%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 35.1%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 42.2%
- Total occupied households: 32,068
- Median household income: $70,033
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,506

3. Osceola County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 26.9%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 35.4%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 39.8%
- Total occupied households: 103,141
- Median household income: $52,279
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,172

2. Broward County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 27.3%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 32.9%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 42.7%
- Total occupied households: 690,050
- Median household income: $59,547
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,356

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1. Miami-Dade County

- Median percent of income spent on housing: 31.4%
--- Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 28.2%
--- Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 47.6%
- Total occupied households: 883,372
- Median household income: $51,347
- Median monthly housing cost: $1,343

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