Rental Rumblings

New study reveals how much income North Texans spend on rent

New study reveals how much income North Texans spend on rent

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Many North Texans are still burdened by the cost of rent. Photo courtesy of Zillow

A new report from Apartment List delves into how rising North Texas rents affect local renters. The apartment listing website analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data from 2005-2015 and found that a whopping 47 percent of Dallas-Fort Worth renters were cost-burdened in 2015, meaning they spent more than 30 percent of their income on rent. The median monthly rent was $992, while median monthly renter income was $3,426.

Believe it or not, that's below the 2015 national average of 50.9 percent. And while Dallas-Fort Worth has seen ups and downs in the past 10 years, the burden in DFW actually has decreased slightly since 2005. Then, 48 percent of renters were cost-burdened; the median monthly renter income was $3,139 and the median monthly rent was $897. 

Apartment List notes that Dallas-Fort Worth has fared better than other cities in the U.S., thanks to strong income growth. In the decade studied, local rents increased by 10.6 percent, and our income growth was right behind at 9.1 percent.

The trend was seen across Texas too. "Texas metropolitan areas generally performed very well. Rental affordability has improved in [Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio] over the past decade, and the 2015 numbers are all well below the national average."

But we aren't out of the woods yet. "Despite the improvements, affordability continues to be a challenge for millions of renters. Even in relatively affordable metros, cost-burden rates are significantly higher than the nationwide average from 15 years ago."