It also depends on where you live, how much down payment you can put down, and what the real estate taxes are on the home you want to buy. If you want to live closer to the city there is no way you can get a $2000 mortgage payment. If you are not putting down 20%, it will be very likely you are going to be paying a few hundred dollars a month in mortgage insurance. Add all of this plus the maintenance of the home, some times renting is a better option. As well, if you are not planning owning the home for at least 7 years, many would advise that it is not a great financial decision. How different is it to from renting when you pay interest, taxes, and mortgage insurance and don't build much equity for the first 7 years.
With the rise of the professional landlord, many are able to find a home to rent without all the headaches and risks of owning. They find the freedom to move for a job or family much easier.
It is all a matter of ones situation financially and with their job.