People in These States Are Having the Hardest Time Paying Rent

Gabrielle Olya
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A month after the year mark of the coronavirus pandemic causing lockdowns across the United States, 6% of Americans remain unemployed, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s nearly double the amount of Americans who were unemployed prior to the pandemic. Many other Americans are now under-employed, with cuts to their hours or loss of business.

With so many people seeing their income reduced, it’s no surprise that many are struggling to pay their rent. An estimated 13.4 million adults living in rental housing — nearly 10% of all adult renters — were not caught up on rent as of December 2020, according to the United States Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. But people are struggling in some states worse than in others.

See: These States Have the Best Chance To Bounce Back From the Coronavirus Unemployment Tsunami

To get a better sense of which places have the most vulnerable renters, GOBankingRates conducted a study to determine which locales have the worst combination of high rents and high unemployment. The study included the December unemployment rate, the average rent on a one-bedroom apartment and the percentage of people who missed a rent or mortgage payment last month or have no expectation to be able to pay next month, per the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey.

Take a closer look at which places appear to be having the toughest time paying rent, and which states have a better chance at bouncing back from the crisis.

Last updated: April 19, 2021

Park City, Utah, USA town skyline over Main Street at twilight.
Park City, Utah, USA town skyline over Main Street at twilight.

51. Utah

  • December unemployment rate: 3.6%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $944

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 2,281,207

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 56,213

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 4.0%

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Fargo, North Dakota, USA - June 12, 2017: Daytime view of Fargo's historic Front Street now Main Street in the heart of the downtown district.
Fargo, North Dakota, USA - June 12, 2017: Daytime view of Fargo's historic Front Street now Main Street in the heart of the downtown district.

50. North Dakota

  • December unemployment rate: 4.1%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $672

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 561,016

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 13,621

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 4.5%

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Tacoma, Washington, USA skyline at night.
Tacoma, Washington, USA skyline at night.

49. Washington

  • December unemployment rate: 7.1%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,144

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 5,890,357

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 175,814

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 4.7%

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA town cityscape.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA town cityscape.

48. New Hampshire

  • December unemployment rate: 4.0%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $994

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 1,073,014

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 30,765

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 4.7%

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Church Street market at night with people walking during springtime in Burlington, Vermont.
Church Street market at night with people walking during springtime in Burlington, Vermont.

47. Vermont

  • December unemployment rate: 3.1%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: N/A

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 485,485

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 14,789

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 5.0%

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BAR HARBOR-OCT 17: Bar Harbor architecture in downtown near Frenchman Bay in Maine, USA on October 17, 2015.
BAR HARBOR-OCT 17: Bar Harbor architecture in downtown near Frenchman Bay in Maine, USA on October 17, 2015.

46. Maine

  • December unemployment rate: 4.9%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $850

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 1,065,620

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 31,266

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 5.0%

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Downtown skyline with Buildings in Milwaukee at twilight, in Wisconsin USA.
Downtown skyline with Buildings in Milwaukee at twilight, in Wisconsin USA.

45. Wisconsin

  • December unemployment rate: 5.5%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $763

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 4,438,719

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 134,528

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 5.1%

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South Boston also known as southie is a densely populated neighborhood of Boston known for narrow three deckers, rowhouses and strong Irish Catholic traditions.
South Boston also known as southie is a densely populated neighborhood of Boston known for narrow three deckers, rowhouses and strong Irish Catholic traditions.

44. Massachusetts

  • December unemployment rate: 7.4%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,133

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 5,324,065

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 191,678

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 5.8%

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Frozen pond in a park in downtown Omaha.
Frozen pond in a park in downtown Omaha.

43. Nebraska

  • December unemployment rate: 3.0%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $745

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 1,418,191

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 51,548

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 6.3%

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Unique aerial perspective of Fremont Bridge over the willamette river in the pearl district of downtown Portland Oregon on a perfect day.
Unique aerial perspective of Fremont Bridge over the willamette river in the pearl district of downtown Portland Oregon on a perfect day.

42. Oregon

  • December unemployment rate: 6.4%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $997

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 3,302,727

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 135,797

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 6.4%

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Scenic Honolulu Oahu Hawaii Suburban Neighborhood.
Scenic Honolulu Oahu Hawaii Suburban Neighborhood.

41. Hawaii

  • December unemployment rate: 9.3%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,418

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 1,073,229

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 45,709

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 6.7%

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Barn near Helena Montana - Image.
Barn near Helena Montana - Image.

40. Montana

  • December unemployment rate: 4.4%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $728

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 822,204

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 34,894

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 6.9%

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This is a suburban neighborhood in Boise Idaho.
This is a suburban neighborhood in Boise Idaho.

39. Idaho

  • December unemployment rate: 4.4%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $691

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 1,343,198

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 58,013

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 6.9%

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High angle view of Roanoke Virginia with famous church in the background -- St Andrews Catholic Church.
High angle view of Roanoke Virginia with famous church in the background -- St Andrews Catholic Church.

38. Virginia

  • December unemployment rate: 4.9%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,171

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 6,472,737

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 280,797

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 7.2%

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Denver, Colorado, USA downtown cityscape in Civic Center park at dusk.
Denver, Colorado, USA downtown cityscape in Civic Center park at dusk.

37. Colorado

  • December unemployment rate: 8.4%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,155

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 4,454,718

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 209,615

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 7.2%

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Sunset over the Soulard neighborhood in Saint Louis, Missouri - Image.
Sunset over the Soulard neighborhood in Saint Louis, Missouri - Image.

36. Missouri

  • December unemployment rate: 5.8%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $721

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 4,617,880

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 192,722

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 7.3%

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The capital statehouse of New Jersey lights up as the sun sets the Delaware River in the background city of Trenton.
The capital statehouse of New Jersey lights up as the sun sets the Delaware River in the background city of Trenton.

35. New Jersey

  • December unemployment rate: 7.6%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,282

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 6,776,822

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 279,340

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 7.7%

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Drone Aerial of Downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, NC, USA Skyline.
Drone Aerial of Downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, NC, USA Skyline.

34. North Carolina

  • December unemployment rate: 6.2%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $868

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 8,017,566

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 355,974

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 8.2%

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Detroit Woodward Ave.
Detroit Woodward Ave.

33. Michigan

  • December unemployment rate: 7.5%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $761

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 7,644,458

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 326,514

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 8.2%

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Downtown of Indianapolis by Indiana Central Canal.
Downtown of Indianapolis by Indiana Central Canal.

32. Indiana

  • December unemployment rate: 4.3%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $727

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 5,015,550

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 229,565

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 8.2%

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Row of colorful garden homes with two stories and white pillars in suburban neighborhood of Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Row of colorful garden homes with two stories and white pillars in suburban neighborhood of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

31. Arkansas

  • December unemployment rate: 4.2%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $600

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 2,246,527

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 88,386

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 8.2%

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"A view on Parkersburg, West Virginia from a nearby hill".
"A view on Parkersburg, West Virginia from a nearby hill".

30. West Virginia

  • December unemployment rate: 6.3%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $596

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 1,379,576

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 52,691

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 8.3%

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Morning in Des Moines, Iowa.
Morning in Des Moines, Iowa.

29. Iowa

  • December unemployment rate: 3.1%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $646

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 2,342,905

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 102,684

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 8.4%

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Photo of a street, at a residential district.
Photo of a street, at a residential district.

28. Florida

  • December unemployment rate: 6.1%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,098

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 17,085,385

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 786,106

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 8.4%

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Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - May 3, 2019: Daytime view of Main Street Square in the Heart of Downtown Rapid City.
Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - May 3, 2019: Daytime view of Main Street Square in the Heart of Downtown Rapid City.

27. South Dakota

  • December unemployment rate: 3.0%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $627

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 642,658

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 30,166

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 8.5%

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Sunset over downtown Center City, Philadelphia, PA.
Sunset over downtown Center City, Philadelphia, PA.

26. Pennsylvania

  • December unemployment rate: 6.7%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $831

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 9,776,154

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 426,118

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 8.5%

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A view of downtown St.
A view of downtown St.

25. Minnesota

  • December unemployment rate: 4.4%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $876

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 4,241,624

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 216,529

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 8.5%

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Stock photograph of new apartment buildings on Broadway boulevard in downtown Tucson Arizona USA.
Stock photograph of new apartment buildings on Broadway boulevard in downtown Tucson Arizona USA.

24. Arizona

  • December unemployment rate: 7.5%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $965

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 5,597,268

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 288,107

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 8.5%

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River Town USA - Aerial view of autumn in a small Kentucky river town.
River Town USA - Aerial view of autumn in a small Kentucky river town.

23. Kentucky

  • December unemployment rate: 6.0%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $685

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 3,344,102

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 170,325

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 8.7%

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Fair Haven is a neighborhood in the eastern part of the city of New Haven, Connecticut, between the Mill and Quinnipiac rivers.
Fair Haven is a neighborhood in the eastern part of the city of New Haven, Connecticut, between the Mill and Quinnipiac rivers.

22. Connecticut

  • December unemployment rate: 8.0%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,095

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 2,732,423

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 141,812

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 8.9%

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Condos in Atlanta suburbs just next to Highway GA 400.
Condos in Atlanta suburbs just next to Highway GA 400.

21. Georgia

  • December unemployment rate: 5.6%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $969

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 7,955,983

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 412,446

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 9.0%

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Urban scene of downtown Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
Urban scene of downtown Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

20. Alabama

  • December unemployment rate: 3.9%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $726

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 3,717,378

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 177,537

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 9.2%

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Georgetown, Washington, DC skyline on the Potomac River.
Georgetown, Washington, DC skyline on the Potomac River.

19. District of Columbia

  • December unemployment rate: 7.9%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,552

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 542,635

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 36,093

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 9.4%

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Chicago typical silver colored commuter train moving on elevated tracks to railroad station in between urban city buildings of Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Chicago typical silver colored commuter train moving on elevated tracks to railroad station in between urban city buildings of Chicago, Illinois, USA.

18. Illinois

  • December unemployment rate: 7.6%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $859

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 9,546,424

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 511,738

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 9.6%

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Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA town skyline in the mountains.
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA town skyline in the mountains.

17. Kansas

  • December unemployment rate: 3.8%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $694

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 2,140,957

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 118,723

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 10.0%

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Wilmington Delaware skyline
Wilmington Delaware skyline

16. Delaware

  • December unemployment rate: 5.3%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,122

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 754,637

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 43,148

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 10.0%

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Victorian Style homes in Newport, Rhode Island.
Victorian Style homes in Newport, Rhode Island.

15. Rhode Island

  • December unemployment rate: 8.1%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $924

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 817,559

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 49,851

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 10.4%

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Row of houses in the suburb of Lakewood in the Cleveland Metropolitan Area.
Row of houses in the suburb of Lakewood in the Cleveland Metropolitan Area.

14. Ohio

  • December unemployment rate: 5.5%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $677

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 8,822,539

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 515,662

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 10.6%

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Henderson Nevada best weather
Henderson Nevada best weather

13. Nevada

  • December unemployment rate: 9.2%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $988

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 2,399,457

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 160,386

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 10.9%

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ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - JUNE 8 - A scenic backyard view in a local neighborhood on June 8 2019 in Anchorage Alaska.
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - JUNE 8 - A scenic backyard view in a local neighborhood on June 8 2019 in Anchorage Alaska.

12. Alaska

  • December unemployment rate: 5.8%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $974

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 524,925

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 36,488

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 10.9%

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA cityscape in Bricktown at dusk.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA cityscape in Bricktown at dusk.

11. Oklahoma

  • December unemployment rate: 5.3%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $685

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 2,916,436

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 170,910

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 11.1%

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Downtown Charleston, South Carolina in the early evening.
Downtown Charleston, South Carolina in the early evening.

10. South Carolina

  • December unemployment rate: 4.6%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $852

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 3,969,123

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 233,903

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 11.5%

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Stock photo of condominium apartment buildings with parking lot and back yard in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Stock photo of condominium apartment buildings with parking lot and back yard in Dallas, Texas, USA.

9. Texas

  • December unemployment rate: 7.2%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $930

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 21,356,906

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 1,356,917

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 11.7%

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High angle view of Lower Manhattan cityscape - Chinatown, New York, USA.
High angle view of Lower Manhattan cityscape - Chinatown, New York, USA.

8. New York

  • December unemployment rate: 8.2%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,308

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 14,847,080

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 964,774

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 12.0%

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Residential subdivision in Murfreesboro, TN.
Residential subdivision in Murfreesboro, TN.

7. Tennessee

  • December unemployment rate: 6.4%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $800

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 5,221,475

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 317,433

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 12.1%

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Colorful row houses along a sunny residential street.
Colorful row houses along a sunny residential street.

6. Maryland

  • December unemployment rate: 6.3%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,245

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 4,586,920

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 353,007

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 12.1%

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Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - July 21, 2013: People on a horse drawn carriage in downtown Cheyenne.
Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - July 21, 2013: People on a horse drawn carriage in downtown Cheyenne.

5. Wyoming

  • December unemployment rate: 4.8%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $676

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 433,400

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 30,632

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 12.2%

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A hillside with many houses in Irvine in southern Orange County, California, with mountains in the background.
A hillside with many houses in Irvine in southern Orange County, California, with mountains in the background.

4. California

  • December unemployment rate: 9.0%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,433

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 29,939,021

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 2,232,487

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 12.3%

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Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA downtown skyline at dusk.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA downtown skyline at dusk.

3. New Mexico

  • December unemployment rate: 8.2%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $750

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 1,589,574

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 113,055

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 12.5%

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Downtown Jackson, Mississippi
Downtown Jackson, Mississippi

2. Mississippi

  • December unemployment rate: 6.2%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $699

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 2,189,670

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 140,639

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 13.2%

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Monroe is the eighth-largest city in the U.
Monroe is the eighth-largest city in the U.

1. Louisiana

  • December unemployment rate: 7.2%

  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $754

  • Total population (ages 18 and older): 3,431,432

  • Adults unable to pay for housing: 300,053

Percentage of population unable to pay for housing: 17.9%

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Methodology: GOBankingRates reviewed the United States Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey to find out where Americans are having the hardest time paying rent. The survey measures the number of adults in each state who are not current on rent or mortgage payments, or who have slight or no confidence that their household can pay next month’s rent or mortgage on time as of the period Dec. 9-21, 2020. GOBankingRates ordered all 50 states and the District of Columbia from the state where the highest percentage of the adult population is unable to pay for housing (No. 1) to the state where the lowest percentage is unable to pay for housing (No. 51). They are ranked here in reverse order. GOBankingRates also provided the December 2020 unemployment rate from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the December 2020 estimated rent for a one-bedroom apartment from Apartment List for each state as supplemental information. All data was collected on and up to date as of Jan. 26, 2021.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: People in These States Are Having the Hardest Time Paying Rent