It probably comes to no surprise for many Hawaii residents that we spend more on rent than any other state, according to the recently released Hawaii Data Book.

The Aloha state’s median monthly rent is $1,414 – over $100 more than any other state in the country. West Virginia residents spent the least amount on rent, with a median of $620 per month.

Across the country, more people than ever are renting instead of buying homes. Yet being a renter isn’t getting any easier.

Nationwide, approximately half of all renters spent more than 30 percent of their paycheck on housing in 2013, according to a recent study by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.  About half of those households spent more than half of their monthly income on rent and utilities.

Meanwhile, Hawaii ranks third for the highest percentage of monthly income spent on rent at nearly 33 percent, according to the Hawaii Data Book. The only two states that surpassed us were California and Florida, spending approximately 33.8 and 34.1 percent, respectively.

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