Affordable Rent by State

Legend for Rent/Income ratios
25-28% 29-30% 31‑32% 33‑34% 35‑37%
You can compare the cost of living and employment in each state. Conditions may change in the economy and housing market of a state 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 states that maybe of interest to you. We are showing you monthly figures for median rent to renters median household income.

2020 United States Median Rent

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

2020 Median Rent to Income by State

RankStateMonthly RentHousehold IncomeRent / Income*2020 Unemployment
1North Dakota$828$3,42324.2%5.1%
2Wyoming$853$3,36725.3%5.8%
3South Dakota$761$3,00325.3%4.3%
4Nebraska$857$3,28126.1%4.1%
5Alaska$1,240$4,62426.8%8.2%
6Iowa$806$2,97427.1%5.1%
7Kansas$863$3,16827.2%5.7%
8Wisconsin$872$3,19127.3%6.3%
9Montana$836$3,03227.6%5.8%
10Oklahoma$818$2,91828.0%6.2%
11Idaho$887$3,17228.0%5.5%
12Utah$1,090$3,86628.2%4.7%
13Missouri$843$2,94828.6%6.1%
14Arkansas$760$2,65028.7%6.1%
15Ohio$825$2,87228.7%8.2%
16Kentucky$783$2,71728.8%6.4%
17Minnesota$1,010$3,43829.4%6.3%
18Indiana$844$2,84029.7%7.2%
19Texas$1,082$3,59730.1%7.7%
20North Carolina$932$3,09630.1%7.1%
21New Hampshire$1,145$3,78930.2%6.7%
22Tennessee$897$2,97530.2%7.4%
23Arizona$1,097$3,63230.2%7.7%
24Illinois$1,038$3,41530.4%9.2%
25Virginia$1,257$4,13430.4%6.2%
26Pennsylvania$958$3,14230.5%9.1%
27Washington$1,337$4,33530.8%8.5%
28Maine$873$2,83530.8%5.0%
29Nevada$1,159$3,71931.2%13.5%
30District of Columbia$1,607$5,15631.2%8.0%
31New Mexico$857$2,74231.3%8.1%
32Georgia$1,042$3,30331.5%6.5%
33South Carolina$918$2,91131.5%6.0%
34Michigan$892$2,83631.5%10.0%
35Alabama$811$2,54231.9%6.5%
36Oregon$1,173$3,65032.1%7.6%
37Maryland$1,415$4,40432.1%6.7%
38Vermont$999$3,10132.2%5.6%
39Colorado$1,335$4,14832.2%6.9%
40Rhode Island$1,031$3,19532.3%9.2%
41New Jersey$1,368$4,21132.5%9.5%
42Delaware$1,150$3,53532.5%7.6%
43West Virginia$732$2,25132.5%8.2%
44Hawaii$1,651$5,02132.9%12.0%
45Massachusetts$1,336$3,98733.5%9.4%
46Mississippi$789$2,35033.6%7.9%
47New York$1,315$3,90533.7%9.9%
48Connecticut$1,201$3,55933.7%7.8%
49California$1,586$4,60334.5%10.2%
50Florida$1,218$3,47035.1%8.2%
51Louisiana$876$2,42236.2%8.7%
Source: US Census Bureau - ACS 5 Yr 2020
*Bureau of Labor Statistics - Annual Unemployment Average for 2020

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