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June 2018 Portland Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2018 Portland Rent Report. Portland rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Portland rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

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June 2018 Portland Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2018 Portland Rent Report. Portland rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Portland rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Portland rents declined significantly over the past month

Portland rents have declined 0.4% over the past month, and have decreased significantly by 2.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Portland stand at $1,120 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,330 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in March. Portland's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -0.6%, as well as the national average of 1.5%.

Rents rising across cities in Oregon

While rent decreases have been occurring in the city of Portland over the past year, cities in the rest of the state are seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in 8 of the largest 10 cities in Oregon for which we have data. The state as a whole logged rent growth of -0.6% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the state, Hillsboro is the most expensive of all Oregon's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $2,000; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, Hillsboro, where a two-bedroom goes for $2,000, is the only other major city besides Portland to see rents fall year-over-year (-1.6%).
  • Springfield, Vancouver, and Gresham have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (4.0%, 3.5%, and 2.0%, respectively).

Portland rents more affordable than many similar cities nationwide

As rents have fallen significantly in Portland, many other large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Portland is also more affordable than most comparable cities across the country.

  • Portland's median two-bedroom rent of $1,330 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the 2.2% decline in Portland.
  • While rents in Portland fell significantly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Las Vegas (+4.9%), Phoenix (+2.2%), and Los Angeles (+1.9%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Portland than most similar cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,070, which is more than twice the price in Portland.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Portland $1,120 $1,330 -0.4% -2.2%
Vancouver $1,390 $1,630 0.4% 3.5%
Gresham $1,400 $1,650 0.1% 2.0%
Hillsboro $1,690 $2,000 -0.7% -1.6%
Beaverton $1,480 $1,750 0.5% 0.9%
Lake Oswego $1,660 $1,950 0.2% 1.4%
Tualatin $1,580 $1,860 0.4% 2.8%
Wilsonville $1,450 $1,720 0.6% 2.3%
Gladstone $1,520 $1,790 0.4%

Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

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