California Affordable Communities to Rent

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*Low Vacancy 28% or less 29-30% 31‑32% 33‑34% 35% or more

2020 Median Rent to Income by Communities in California

We have organized the results by most affordable communities regardless of size. You can compare the cost of living along with availability of housing and employment in each community. Conditions may change in the economy and housing market of a local community since the census data we use is from the latest five year community survey from 2020. Use the information for ideas on where to look and investigate further for communities in California that maybe of interest to you. We are showing you monthly figures for median rent to renters median household income.
*We do not display counties where the vacancy rate is below 1.5% or in very few cases where renter household income is not available.

2020 United States Median Rent

LocationMonthly RentHousehold IncomeRent / IncomeVacancy**2020 Unemployment
United States$1,096$3,51231.2%5.8%8.1%
Source: US Census Bureau - ACS 5 Yr 2020
**Bureau of Labor Statistics - Annual Unemployment Average for 2020

2020 California Median Rent

LocationMonthly RentHousehold IncomeRent / IncomeVacancy**2020 Unemployment
California$1,586$4,60334.5%3.7%10.2%
Source: US Census Bureau - ACS 5 Yr 2020
**Bureau of Labor Statistics - Annual Unemployment Average for 2020

Communities in California

RankStateCountyPopulation Monthly RentHousehold
Income
Rent /
Income
Vacancy**2020
Unemployment
1CAAlpine1,159$639$4,16715.3%33.6%11.2%
2CAInyo17,930$938$4,03123.3%4.6%7.8%
3CASan Francisco874,784$2,010$8,39323.9%3.8%7.8%
4CAColusa21,491$918$3,47026.5%5.1%16.0%
5CAMono14,395$1,248$4,66926.7%29.1%11.8%
6CAGlenn28,060$810$3,01526.9%6.2%8.9%
7CAKings151,090$1,030$3,75427.4%2.1%11.6%
8CASanta Clara1,924,379$2,386$8,31928.7%4.3%7.0%
9CASutter96,315$1,095$3,76829.1%2.7%11.0%
10CAPlumas18,844$944$3,21129.4%5.5%10.7%
11CALassen30,600$928$3,11529.8%6.1%7.1%
12CAMerced273,661$1,054$3,51330.0%3.2%12.2%
13CASan Mateo765,623$2,435$8,09530.1%4.5%6.9%
14CAAlameda1,661,584$1,904$6,16030.9%3.6%8.8%
15CAYuba77,524$1,015$3,24631.3%3.7%10.5%
16CATulare463,955$974$3,06831.7%2.5%13.2%
17CAMadera155,925$1,068$3,34631.9%3.8%10.8%
18CAEl Dorado190,345$1,320$4,13331.9%6.2%8.3%
19CAStanislaus546,235$1,210$3,77832.0%2.3%10.7%
20CAShasta179,267$1,075$3,34932.1%4.6%8.7%
21CASan Joaquin751,615$1,286$3,99332.2%3.7%11.3%
22CASiskiyou43,516$878$2,66433.0%3.7%9.7%
23CANapa138,572$1,775$5,36233.1%4.8%8.7%
24CAKern892,458$994$2,99933.1%4.2%12.5%
25CAContra Costa1,147,788$1,928$5,81433.2%3.1%8.9%
26CAPlacer391,799$1,616$4,85833.3%3.7%7.3%
27CASolano444,538$1,684$5,05333.3%3.1%9.5%
28CASacramento1,537,948$1,333$4,00633.3%3.2%9.3%
29CAMarin259,441$2,170$6,47633.5%2.6%6.7%
30CAAmador39,023$1,057$3,11234.0%5.0%9.1%
31CASan Luis Obispo282,517$1,535$4,49734.1%4.2%7.7%
32CASonoma496,801$1,743$5,11334.1%3.0%7.9%
33CAOrange3,170,345$1,928$5,62634.3%3.8%8.8%
34CAFresno990,204$1,029$2,99434.4%3.2%11.3%
35CAMonterey432,977$1,600$4,62934.6%3.6%10.8%
36CALake64,276$1,028$2,94634.9%3.7%9.6%
37CASan Bernardino2,162,532$1,338$3,82934.9%3.7%9.4%
38CACalaveras45,828$1,354$3,84735.2%3.0%7.6%
39CASan Diego3,323,970$1,732$4,91535.2%3.8%9.2%
40CAImperial180,580$847$2,40035.3%4.2%22.5%
41CALos Angeles10,040,682$1,534$4,31935.5%3.7%12.3%
42CATuolumne54,147$1,025$2,87735.6%5.0%10.4%
43CAMendocino87,110$1,134$3,17035.8%1.8%8.9%
44CASanta Barbara444,895$1,697$4,73935.8%2.7%8.0%
45CAYolo218,774$1,369$3,80736.0%2.5%7.5%
46CAVentura845,599$1,854$5,10736.3%3.9%8.6%
47CARiverside2,437,864$1,447$3,97636.4%4.7%9.9%
48CAButte223,344$1,087$2,97336.6%7.1%9.2%
49CAMariposa17,319$1,010$2,73436.9%13.0%10.9%
50CASanta Cruz273,170$1,843$4,89537.6%2.1%9.5%
51CANevada99,417$1,315$3,47737.8%4.4%8.0%
52CATehama64,176$972$2,56337.9%2.2%8.8%
53CAHumboldt136,101$1,002$2,57239.0%2.7%8.4%
Source: US Census Bureau - ACS 5 Yr 2020
**Bureau of Labor Statistics - Annual Unemployment Average for 2020

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