Worst Cities To Be A Renter

Renters across the nation are being squeezed by rising rents and stagnant wages.

By Ben Rooney @ben_rooney

New York City and the surrounding area has seen the most dramatic increase, with rents up 50% over the past five years. However, household income in the area has risen just 8% in that period.

Overall, rents have increased faster than income in all but four of the 70 metro areas, according to a report Monday from the National Association of Realtors.

In some areas, rents may not have gone up astronomically, but income has actually declined, heightening the disparity. It is particularly glaring in Albuquerque, where rents have increased 10% in the past five years. But income in the metro area declined 12% in the period.

The GreenHouse GroupIt’s a similar story in Providence, RI, Omaha, Tuscon and New Orleans, where income is falling even as rents rise (See full list below).

Nationwide, rents have increased 15% from 2009 to 2014. At the same time, the realtor group estimates that household income has gone up just 11%.

Rents have also gone through the roof in Seattle (32%) and San Jose (26%).

While those cities are home to many high-paying tech jobs, income there has not kept pace either: up 15% in Seattle and 8% in the San Jose metro area.

Cities that have been growing rapidly in recent years — such as Denver, St. Louis and Portland, Ore., — have had some of the biggest increases in rent nationwide.

Among the 70 metro areas tracked by the realtor group, only four cities — Oklahoma, Salt Lake City, Dayton (Ohio), and Detroit — had income growing faster than rent.

Dayton (Ohio), and Detroit — had income growing faster than rent.

Most unaffordable cities
Where rents are rising as income is falling
Metro area % Change in rent since 2009 % Change in income since 2009
Albuquerque, NM 10% -12%
Omaha, NE 14 -7%
Syracuse, NY 12% 7%
Providence, RI 9% -7%
Tuscon, AZ 11% -3%
New Orleans, LA 9% -1.5%
Kansas City, MO 13% -0.7%
Las Vegas, NV 6% -0.3%

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