Research & Analysis

Moving On: Why are Renters Relocating?

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A new Apartment List report reveals that many renters want to relocate for more affordable housing and better job opportunities. The majority of renters indicate plans to settle down in a city other than where they currently reside, with Sunbelt renters more likely to settle in their current location. Renters in the Midwest and on the Coasts are more likely to settle down in a new metro, with a large share of renters in New York, Milwaukee, Cleveland and San Francisco planning to settle down elsewhere. In pricey East Coast and West Coast metros, renters cite affordability as the

Housing Shortage: Where is the Undersupply of New Construction Worst?

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As America’s cities continue to grow and add jobs, it’s crucial that sufficient new housing is built to meet the demand created by that growth. Analyzing data on building permits and employment, Apartment List found that only 10 of the nation’s 50 largest metros have produced enough new housing to keep pace with job growth in recent years. San Francisco, for example, added 3.0 jobs for every new housing unit permitted from 2005 to 2010, with an even more severe undersupply of 6.8 jobs per unit in the post-recession period from 2010 to 2015. Even many cities that

Poverty in the Suburbs: Are Cities Prepared to Deal with the Growing Problem?

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There is growing concern about poverty in the suburbs, known as the “suburbanization of poverty.” In order to better understand the changing geography of poverty, Apartment List analyzed national and metro level data from the Joint Center on Housing Studies at Harvard University and found that, while poverty has grown in both suburban and urban areas, it is increasing faster in the suburbs. The Apartment List findings, revealing increasing suburban poverty in metros nationwide-- including Chicago, Houston, Charlotte and Orlando--raise serious questions about whether cities are prepared to confront the issues raised by increasing suburban poverty. Over a 15-year period

As Knowledge Workers Thrive, Blue Collar and Service Sectors Left Behind

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Although many metros have experienced overall wage growth over the past decade, very few have achieved something called “inclusive growth” that benefits all workers. We define inclusive growth as positive growth in post-rent wages for all of three categories of workers: blue-collar, knowledge and service. Nationwide, while wages for knowledge workers, in the engineering, healthcare and management professions, for example, increased significantly, blue-collar wages stagnated and service worker wages actually fell. When factoring in rent prices, the picture is even starker. Over the past decade, “post-rent wages,” or wages left after deducting median rent costs, decreased for service workers (-7

Luxury Bias in Private Listing Data

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Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available, and, as part of our efforts toward that goal, we’ve recently made some changes to our methodology. An overview of our new methodology can be found here, but today, we want to dig a bit deeper into one of the primary issues that we're aiming to correct: sample bias.   What’s the problem? Sample bias is a statistical concept that refers to a situation in which some segments of the population are less likely to be included in sample data collection. In the case of rent