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Apartment Renters Give Houston Near-Failing Grade For City Satisfaction

A nationwide survey ranked Houston near the bottom as a city renters would recommend to friends and family members.


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A nationwide survey of apartment renters gives Houston a “D” on how satisfied renters are to live here.

Apartment List — a San Francisco-based apartment search service — asked 18,000 renters around the country a series of questions, touching everything from the state of the economy to school quality. When it came to city satisfaction, though, it took a more personal approach.

“On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being ‘highly unlikely’ and 10 being ‘extremely likely,’ how likely would you be to recommend your city or neighborhood to a friend or family member?” asks Andrew Tam, Apartment List’s vice president for data services.

Houston’s near-failing grade on that question comes despite earning an “A” for confidence in the local economy.

“You would expect that to have a positive effect on overall city satisfaction,” Tam says. “But they expressed materially below national average satisfaction with safety and access to recreational opportunities. And those, we found, were the second-and third-most important factors to overall satisfaction.”

Houston ranked 83rdout of 100 U.S. cities for city satisfaction, the lowest of any in Texas. The state had two cities in the top five, with Plano in first place and Austin in fourth.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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