Research & Analysis
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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

American Dream of Homeownership Delayed for Millennial Generation

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In a nationwide survey of about 24,000 renters Apartment List found that the 80 percent of millennial renters, born between 1982 and 2004, want to purchase a house or condo, but face a huge obstacle: affording a home. For some millennials that means a wait of at least two decades before they can afford to buy a home. Despite the overwhelming desire to own, millennials from Los Angeles to New York and everywhere in between, surveyed from October 2016 through April 2017, revealed they are increasingly delaying their plans for homeownership. 16 percent of respondents said they plan on

Rents and Reporters

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Despite the importance of journalism, US reporter employment has been consistently falling over the past decade. One in five reporters lives in New York, Washington, DC or Los Angeles, which may skew coverage away from local issues and viewpoints. To better understand trends in the journalism industry and the challenges reporters face, we analyzed BLS data and Census rent data from 2005-2015. We find that journalists salaries have not kept up with those in other industries. For example, public relations specialists’ salaries increased 14% over the past decade, while journalist salaries fell 7%. This trend happened in metros across the

Even Experienced Teachers Can’t Afford to Live Where They Work

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Teachers play an integral role in our society, educating and inspiring future generations of children. Despite this, their wages are lower than in many other professions. Low salaries and high attrition rates are resulting in a shortage of teachers nationwide. To better understand the challenges facing our educators, we analyzed data on teacher salaries and median rents in 50 U.S. cities. In almost a third of cities (primarily located on the coasts), teachers spend more than 30% of their income on rent. For example, in San Francisco and New York fifth year teachers have to spend nearly 70% of their income

Best Metros for Dating 2017

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Renters look for many things when deciding where to live - jobs, affordability, and safety, for example. For single renters, there's one specific factor that might be most important - which metros have the best opportunities for dating?   Methodology Apartment List conducts an annual survey of renters, in which we collect data on renters' satisfaction with their cities across a range of dimensions. The results below are based on responses from over 13,000 renters nationwide collected from October 2016 through the first week of February 2017. Today's report focuses on the following question: "How would you rate your current city or neighborhood