The startling number of Americans who are way behind on rent

Based on our analysis of U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey data, LendingTree found that more than 8 million U.S. adults live in a household not caught up on rent payments.

8,070,524 people ages 18 or older in the U.S. aren’t caught up on rent payments. Put another way, 13.17% of the nation’s adult renters live in a household that charges them rent and are behind on payment.

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Nationwide, 3,560,345 adults — 5.81% of adult renters — live in a household that doesn’t pay rent. People in these types of households don’t own their home free and clear or with a mortgage, nor do they live with someone who does.

The states with the largest share of adults behind on rent payments are New York, Nevada and Louisiana. Across these three states, an average of 19.72% of adult renters are living in households behind on rent payments.

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Mississippi, West Virginia and Alaska are the states where the largest share of people live rent-free. In these three states, an average of 13.21% of adults live in renter-occupied households that aren’t paying rent.


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