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Average Rent in Houston & Rent Price Trends

Thinking about making a move to Houston? With a robust job market, great eats and entertainment options, and a low cost of living, it's easy to see why H-Town is a popular choice for renters.

Before you pack your bags, figure out your budget by learning about the average rent in Houston.

Average Rent in Houston

Note: The data provided reflects our available units on Apartment List. For data that reflects the entire market, we recommend you visit our Rent Report, which is created based on our holistic methodology. You can also download the raw data containing rent estimates for hundreds of cities across the country.

Houston rents have increased by 0.53% compared to last month, and are up by 11.1% compared to last year.

  • 20% of apartments in Houston cost less than $1,000 per month.
  • 62% of apartments in Houston cost between $1,000-$1,999 per month.
  • 12% of apartments in Houston cost between $2,000-$2,999 per month.
  • 6% of apartments in Houston cost over $3,000 per month.

  • 3% of apartments in Houston are studio apartments.
  • 56% of apartments in Houston are 1-bedroom apartments.
  • 37% of apartments in Houston are 2-bedroom apartments.
  • 4% of apartments in Houston are 3-bedroom apartments.

Average Rent in Houston Neighborhoods

Have your ideal Houston neighborhood already picked out? Rent prices across neighborhoods can vary, so get familiar with the average rent prices across the various neighborhoods in Houston.

NeighborhoodAverage 1-Bedroom Rent
Downtown Houston$2,335
The Museum District$2,047
Washington Avenue - Memorial Park$2,038
Neartown - Montrose$1,974
Afton Oaks - River Oaks$1,942
Midtown$1,918
University Place$1,868
Greater Heights$1,760
Greenway - Upper Kirby$1,680
Great Uptown$1,667

How Much Do I Need to Make to live in Houston?

Does your salary allow you to live comfortably in Houston? Using the 30% rule, we can estimate how much you need to make to afford to live in an average-priced Houston apartment.

  • If you are renting an average priced studio apartment in Houston, your annual salary should be around $59,120 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 1-bedroom apartment in Houston, your annual salary should be around $55,240 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 2-bedroom apartment in Houston, your annual salary should be around $76,560 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 3-bedroom apartment in Houston, your annual salary should be around $91,160 or higher.

Remember, the 30% rule is simply a rule of thumb, and your personal situation will impact how much rent you can afford. Need help finding your ideal rent price? Try using our rent calculator.

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AUTHOR
Justin is a Content Manager and contributing author at Apartment List, helping people navigate the world of renting. Justin previously spent his time earning his BBA in Marketing from Boise State University. Read More
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Rob is a senior research associate at Apartment List, where he examines trends in the housing and rental markets. Previously he worked in public health policy, and before that, graduated from UCLA with a degree in Globalization. Read More
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Kimi is a Content Associate and contributing author at Apartment List, helping renters find a new place to call home. Kimi earned her BA in Organizational Studies, Economics from Scripps College. Read More
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