Pocahontas County is in the top 40 WV counties where people spend most of their paycheck on housing

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(STACKER)—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 West Virginia 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 your home state most of people’s take-home pay goes to their monthly rent.

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#50. Ritchie County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.0%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 69.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 11.8%
– Total occupied households: 4,049
– Median household income: $43,577
– Median monthly housing cost: $400

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#49. Tyler County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 66.4%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 14.9%
– Total occupied households: 3,207
– Median household income: $43,087
– Median monthly housing cost: $410

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#48. Tucker County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.8%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.7%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.2%
– Total occupied households: 3,142
– Median household income: $49,118
– Median monthly housing cost: $481

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#47. Calhoun County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 11.8%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 63.4%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 11.2%
– Total occupied households: 2,826
– Median household income: $38,382
– Median monthly housing cost: $376

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#46. Mason County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 64.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.5%
– Total occupied households: 11,034
– Median household income: $46,078
– Median monthly housing cost: $464

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#45. Taylor County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 63.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.7%
– Total occupied households: 6,614
– Median household income: $48,578
– Median monthly housing cost: $494

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#44. Pendleton County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 64.6%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.3%
– Total occupied households: 3,174
– Median household income: $42,312
– Median monthly housing cost: $431

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#43. Wetzel County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 65.0%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 14.8%
– Total occupied households: 5,762
– Median household income: $43,107
– Median monthly housing cost: $440

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#42. Brooke County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 64.4%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.9%
– Total occupied households: 9,805
– Median household income: $51,496
– Median monthly housing cost: $533

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#41. Lincoln County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.5%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 61.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.8%
– Total occupied households: 8,208
– Median household income: $42,345
– Median monthly housing cost: $442

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#40. Preston County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.7%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 65.4%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.1%
– Total occupied households: 12,429
– Median household income: $51,888
– Median monthly housing cost: $548

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#39. Clay County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 12.8%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 64.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.1%
– Total occupied households: 3,274
– Median household income: $35,024
– Median monthly housing cost: $374

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#38. Webster County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.6%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.9%
– Total occupied households: 3,781
– Median household income: $34,927
– Median monthly housing cost: $383

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#37. Pocahontas County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.7%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.8%
– Total occupied households: 3,530
– Median household income: $41,882
– Median monthly housing cost: $468

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#36. Braxton County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.5%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 64.6%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.6%
– Total occupied households: 5,624
– Median household income: $41,466
– Median monthly housing cost: $468

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#35. Marshall County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.6%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 62.6%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.5%
– Total occupied households: 12,308
– Median household income: $48,557
– Median monthly housing cost: $552

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#34. Jackson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 13.9%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 61.6%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.2%
– Total occupied households: 11,334
– Median household income: $47,837
– Median monthly housing cost: $554

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#33. McDowell County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.0%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.6%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.6%
– Total occupied households: 7,607
– Median household income: $27,682
– Median monthly housing cost: $323

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#32. Nicholas County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.3%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.0%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.8%
– Total occupied households: 10,069
– Median household income: $40,086
– Median monthly housing cost: $477

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#31. Roane County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.3%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.1%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.5%
– Total occupied households: 5,562
– Median household income: $37,373
– Median monthly housing cost: $445

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#30. Harrison County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 62.0%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.7%
– Total occupied households: 27,098
– Median household income: $53,022
– Median monthly housing cost: $635

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#29. Ohio County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.7%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.4%
– Total occupied households: 17,193
– Median household income: $50,584
– Median monthly housing cost: $606

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#28. Boone County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.6%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.4%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.1%
– Total occupied households: 8,932
– Median household income: $40,739
– Median monthly housing cost: $494

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#27. Grant County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.6%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 61.1%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 16.6%
– Total occupied households: 4,607
– Median household income: $42,216
– Median monthly housing cost: $514

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#26. Summers County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.6%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 61.1%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.5%
– Total occupied households: 5,566
– Median household income: $38,187
– Median monthly housing cost: $465

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#25. Lewis County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 14.8%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.1%
– Total occupied households: 6,574
– Median household income: $39,908
– Median monthly housing cost: $492

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#24. Barbour County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.2%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.8%
– Total occupied households: 6,324
– Median household income: $38,459
– Median monthly housing cost: $486

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#23. Putnam County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.3%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 61.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.1%
– Total occupied households: 21,613
– Median household income: $60,097
– Median monthly housing cost: $764

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#22. Monroe County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.3%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.6%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 15.4%
– Total occupied households: 5,718
– Median household income: $38,540
– Median monthly housing cost: $492

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#21. Mineral County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 59.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 17.7%
– Total occupied households: 10,916
– Median household income: $49,936
– Median monthly housing cost: $639

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#20. Marion County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.1%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.6%
– Total occupied households: 22,926
– Median household income: $50,305
– Median monthly housing cost: $644

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#19. Hancock County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 60.1%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 19.1%
– Total occupied households: 12,678
– Median household income: $45,763
– Median monthly housing cost: $586

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#18. Fayette County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.6%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.8%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.0%
– Total occupied households: 17,441
– Median household income: $41,394
– Median monthly housing cost: $537

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#17. Mingo County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.6%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.5%
– Total occupied households: 10,501
– Median household income: $32,764
– Median monthly housing cost: $426

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#16. Randolph County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 15.9%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.9%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.0%
– Total occupied households: 11,135
– Median household income: $43,320
– Median monthly housing cost: $574

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#15. Mercer County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.5%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 24.8%
– Total occupied households: 25,216
– Median household income: $40,784
– Median monthly housing cost: $556

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#14. Raleigh County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 58.0%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 20.8%
– Total occupied households: 31,203
– Median household income: $43,748
– Median monthly housing cost: $598

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#13. Wood County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.1%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.1%
– Total occupied households: 35,488
– Median household income: $47,321
– Median monthly housing cost: $647

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#12. Upshur County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.5%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.1%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.8%
– Total occupied households: 9,713
– Median household income: $40,322
– Median monthly housing cost: $554

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#11. Hampshire County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.5%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 53.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.2%
– Total occupied households: 9,288
– Median household income: $47,857
– Median monthly housing cost: $658

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#10. Logan County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.8%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 56.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.7%
– Total occupied households: 13,816
– Median household income: $36,168
– Median monthly housing cost: $507

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#9. Kanawha County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 16.9%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 57.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 21.5%
– Total occupied households: 79,070
– Median household income: $46,639
– Median monthly housing cost: $656

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#8. Greenbrier County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.0%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 54.7%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 22.1%
– Total occupied households: 15,188
– Median household income: $40,200
– Median monthly housing cost: $568

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#7. Wayne 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: 20.3%
– Total occupied households: 15,124
– Median household income: $37,988
– Median monthly housing cost: $544

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#6. Hardy County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.4%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 61.4%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 18.8%
– Total occupied households: 5,674
– Median household income: $47,438
– Median monthly housing cost: $688

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#5. Morgan County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 17.7%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 55.2%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 23.1%
– Total occupied households: 7,185
– Median household income: $51,745
– Median monthly housing cost: $763

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#4. Monongalia County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.7%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 50.8%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 27.2%
– Total occupied households: 39,466
– Median household income: $52,455
– Median monthly housing cost: $817

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#3. Jefferson County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 18.9%
— 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: 20,891
– Median household income: $80,430
– Median monthly housing cost: $1,265

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#2. Berkeley County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.1%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 25.2%
– Total occupied households: 44,221
– Median household income: $62,515
– Median monthly housing cost: $1,049

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#1. Cabell County

– Median percent of income spent on housing: 20.5%
— Percent of households spending <20% of income on housing: 49.3%
— Percent of households spending >30% of income on housing: 28.9%
– Total occupied households: 39,064
– Median household income: $40,028
– Median monthly housing cost: $683

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