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Renters are the majority in 42 U.S. cities

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Renters are the majority in 42 U.S. cities

Over the past 10 years, the number of renters has increased by 23 million.


By David Malone, Associate Editor | January 25, 2018
Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas

During the 10 years between 2006 and 2016, almost a quarter of the 100 largest cities in the United States shifted from owner- to renter-majority. In total, rentership growth outpaced homeownership in 97 of the 100 largest (by population) cities. 22 cities total made the shift, including key markets like Chicago, San Diego, Detroit, Austin, and Sacramento. The addition of these 22 cities now puts the total number of renter-dominated cities at 42, according to RENTCafé.

Gilbert, Ariz., saw the highest increase in renter share at 53.4%. Plano, Texas (40.0%), St. Petersburg, Fla. (39.4%), North Las Vegas, Nev. (38.5%), and Toledo Ohio (31.3%) round out the top five.

Newark, N.J., and Jersey City, N.J. place first and second as the markets with the highest proportion of renters at 74.3% and 70.4% respectively. Miami (68%), New York (65.1%), Boston (63.7%), and Orlando (62.7%) followed the two New Jersey cities.

For the full RENTCafé report, click here.

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