Counties in Tennessee 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.

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Stacker compiled a list of counties in Tennessee 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 the Volunteer State most of people’s take-home pay goes to their monthly rent.

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#50. Houston County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.9%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.6%
– Total occupied households: 2,878
– Median household income: $42,711
– Median monthly housing cost: $602

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#49. Blount County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.0%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.4%
– Total occupied households: 50,557
– Median household income: $56,667
– Median monthly housing cost: $805

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#48. Marshall County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.0%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.1%
– Total occupied households: 12,324
– Median household income: $53,197
– Median monthly housing cost: $757

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#47. Tipton County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.0%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.3%
– Total occupied households: 21,452
– Median household income: $61,291
– Median monthly housing cost: $875

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#46. Coffee County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.7%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.3%
– Total occupied households: 21,646
– Median household income: $50,351
– Median monthly housing cost: $719

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#45. Lincoln County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.0%
– Total occupied households: 13,548
– Median household income: $49,485
– Median monthly housing cost: $708

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#44. Anderson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.3%
– Total occupied households: 30,541
– Median household income: $50,392
– Median monthly housing cost: $721

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#43. Stewart County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.4%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.3%
– Total occupied households: 5,178
– Median household income: $45,809
– Median monthly housing cost: $656

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#42. Monroe County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.4%
– Total occupied households: 17,987
– Median household income: $42,429
– Median monthly housing cost: $608

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#41. Henry County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.1%
– Total occupied households: 13,394
– Median household income: $40,502
– Median monthly housing cost: $581

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#40. Cocke County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.3%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.5%
– Total occupied households: 14,060
– Median household income: $36,716
– Median monthly housing cost: $529

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#39. Lewis County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.4%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.5%
– Total occupied households: 4,715
– Median household income: $37,277
– Median monthly housing cost: $540

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#38. Fayette County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.5%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.6%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.0%
– Total occupied households: 15,596
– Median household income: $60,711
– Median monthly housing cost: $884

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#37. Williamson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.5%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.0%
– Total occupied households: 77,855
– Median household income: $112,962
– Median monthly housing cost: $1,645

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#36. Hickman County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.6%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.2%
– Total occupied households: 8,636
– Median household income: $43,596
– Median monthly housing cost: $640

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#35. Rhea 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: 22.4%
– Total occupied households: 12,177
– Median household income: $42,206
– Median monthly housing cost: $626

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#34. Weakley County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.9%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.1%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.1%
– Total occupied households: 13,640
– Median household income: $39,937
– Median monthly housing cost: $597

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#33. Carter County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.0%
– Total occupied households: 23,784
– Median household income: $38,092
– Median monthly housing cost: $573

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#32. Lake County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.7%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.1%
– Total occupied households: 2,243
– Median household income: $35,191
– Median monthly housing cost: $530

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#31. Wilson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.6%
– Total occupied households: 49,664
– Median household income: $75,991
– Median monthly housing cost: $1,146

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#30. McMinn County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.0%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.1%
– Total occupied households: 20,804
– Median household income: $43,285
– Median monthly housing cost: $653

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#29. Hardeman County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.9%
– Total occupied households: 8,891
– Median household income: $40,304
– Median monthly housing cost: $611

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#28. Dyer County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.7%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.9%
– Total occupied households: 15,120
– Median household income: $44,185
– Median monthly housing cost: $671

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#27. Campbell County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.3%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.1%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.6%
– Total occupied households: 16,192
– Median household income: $39,803
– Median monthly housing cost: $608

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#26. Gibson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.3%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.0%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.3%
– Total occupied households: 19,320
– Median household income: $43,171
– Median monthly housing cost: $660

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#25. Sevier County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.3%
– Total occupied households: 37,210
– Median household income: $49,610
– Median monthly housing cost: $760

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#24. Dickson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.5%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.4%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.0%
– Total occupied households: 19,198
– Median household income: $53,076
– Median monthly housing cost: $819

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#23. Crockett County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.5%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.7%
– Total occupied households: 5,491
– Median household income: $44,717
– Median monthly housing cost: $691

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#22. Claiborne County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.7%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.7%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.5%
– Total occupied households: 13,281
– Median household income: $36,835
– Median monthly housing cost: $573

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#21. Obion County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.7%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.4%
– Total occupied households: 12,717
– Median household income: $39,615
– Median monthly housing cost: $617

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#20. Trousdale County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.8%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.6%
– Total occupied households: 3,189
– Median household income: $56,321
– Median monthly housing cost: $883

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#19. Bedford County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.8%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.5%
– Total occupied households: 17,029
– Median household income: $50,415
– Median monthly housing cost: $791

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#18. Maury County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.8%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.8%
– Total occupied households: 34,688
– Median household income: $57,170
– Median monthly housing cost: $898

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#17. Bradley County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.9%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.9%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.1%
– Total occupied households: 40,192
– Median household income: $51,331
– Median monthly housing cost: $810

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#16. Robertson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 52.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.9%
– Total occupied households: 25,713
– Median household income: $63,307
– Median monthly housing cost: $1,008

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#15. Knox County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.0%
– Total occupied households: 187,319
– Median household income: $57,470
– Median monthly housing cost: $917

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#14. Lauderdale County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.8%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.7%
– Total occupied households: 9,675
– Median household income: $39,896
– Median monthly housing cost: $637

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#13. Washington County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 48.8%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.8%
– Total occupied households: 53,859
– Median household income: $48,334
– Median monthly housing cost: $775

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#12. Hamblen County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 51.9%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.1%
– Total occupied households: 24,456
– Median household income: $43,619
– Median monthly housing cost: $704

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#11. Cheatham County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.5%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.4%
– Total occupied households: 15,089
– Median household income: $61,913
– Median monthly housing cost: $1,005

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#10. Putnam County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.5%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 47.1%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.2%
– Total occupied households: 31,424
– Median household income: $44,259
– Median monthly housing cost: $719

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#9. Sumner County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.5%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.4%
– Total occupied households: 67,089
– Median household income: $67,204
– Median monthly housing cost: $1,093

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#8. Hamilton County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.6%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.8%
– Total occupied households: 145,213
– Median household income: $55,070
– Median monthly housing cost: $899

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#7. Rutherford County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.7%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.4%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 26.0%
– Total occupied households: 111,676
– Median household income: $67,429
– Median monthly housing cost: $1,107

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#6. Macon County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 19.8%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.7%
– Total occupied households: 9,170
– Median household income: $37,430
– Median monthly housing cost: $617

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#5. Montgomery County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 44.0%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.3%
– Total occupied households: 72,617
– Median household income: $57,541
– Median monthly housing cost: $1,012

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#4. Madison County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.3%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 45.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 29.8%
– Total occupied households: 37,944
– Median household income: $48,161
– Median monthly housing cost: $853

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#3. Haywood County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 21.7%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.6%
– Total occupied households: 7,181
– Median household income: $37,905
– Median monthly housing cost: $684

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#2. Davidson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 22.6%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 41.8%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 32.2%
– Total occupied households: 282,366
– Median household income: $60,388
– Median monthly housing cost: $1,135

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#1. Shelby County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 23.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 40.6%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 34.4%
– Total occupied households: 351,194
– Median household income: $51,657
– Median monthly housing cost: $994

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