No one leaps for joy when reaching into their checkbooks to pay rent, which means the first of every month is universally loathed throughout the country. We know that urban hubs with some of the world’s foremost industries -- think tech in San Francisco, the entertainment industry in Los Angeles or finance in New York City -- are damn expensive, and rents demand a high proportion of people’s income.
But how does the rest of the country stack up? Overflow Data, an independent data and research firm crunched the numbers using data compiled by the US Census Bureau in 2015, and found that the majority of Americans spend an average of 30.3% of their income on rent.
See for yourself: