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Rents For Houston-Area Apartments Outpace Nation By 0.9 Percent In August

But the region is still cheap compared to some of the nation’s other biggest metro areas.


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Rents rose by 0.6 percent across Greater Houston in August, even as rents fell nationwide by 0.3 percent. A two-bedroom apartment in the Houston area now averages $1,310 a month, compared to the national average of less than $1,000.

Andrew Woo, a data scientist with Apartment List, says it's important to keep those numbers in their proper context.

"Dallas is $1,430," he says. "It's $120 more than Houston. And when you compare Houston to your Denver, your Seattle, the rents in Denver are $1,550 and Seattle is $2,160."

Woo adds that part of the reason Houston looks more expensive is because rents are significantly cheaper in smaller metro areas.

"If you compare Houston to smaller cities like Salt Lake City or Omaha, Nebraska, those numbers are what's pulling down the national median," he says. "But if you compare Houston to other, similarly sized cities, it's actually a relatively affordable place to live."

Despite the August increase, Greater Houston rents rose just 1.3 percent from a year earlier. The national average climbed 2.3 percent over the same period.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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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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