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Study: Fresno renters spend too much of their income on rent

More than half of Fresno renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent.
More than half of Fresno renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent. The Fresno Bee

Fresno is No. 7 on a list of the 19 most cost-burdened cities nationwide for renters.

About 57.75 percent of Fresno renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent, according to ABODO, an online apartment website.

Two other California cities rank higher. The Riverside, San Bernardino and Ontario area is fourth with 58.69 percent of its renters struggling to pay rent. Los Angeles, Long Beach and Anaheim follow at 58.59 percent. Another six California cities round out the bottom 12.

At the top is Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach in Florida with nearly 64 percent of its renters exceeding the 30 percent figure.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development considers families that pay more than 30 percent of their income on rent “cost burdened,” which may lead to difficulties paying for other daily living necessities like food, clothing, transportation and medical care.

ABODO analyzed 100 metropolitan areas, using U.S. Census data, to see how renters in different cities with different incomes deal with housing costs. In almost every case, the majority of the cost-burdened renters made less than $20,000.

In Fresno, 93.4 percent of the renters who make $20,000 or less were cost burdened.

BoNhia Lee: 559-441-6495, @bonhialee

Cities with the most cost burdened renters

Metropolitan area

Percentage of renters*

1. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

63.89

2. Urban Honolulu, HI

59.24

3. Deltona-Dayton Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

58.80

4. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

58.69

5. Los Angeles-Long Beach- Anaheim, CA

58.59

6. Springfield, MA

57.88

7. Fresno, CA

57.75

8. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks, Ventura, CA

57.50

9. Stockton-Lodi, CA

56.84

10. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

56.75

* Percentage of renters spending more than 30 percent of income on rent. Source: ABODO.

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