2017 Turkey Index

With Thanksgiving just a gobble days away, it’s time to feast your eyes on the 2017 edition of our annual Apartment List Turkey Index! Thanksgiving is the ultimate celebration of food, family, friends and football – a combination that always makes for lively conversation. If your dinner table is anything like mine, the conversation inevitably turns to a question as old as thyme – how many turkey dinners would it cost to pay our rent? Thankfully, we can now a-maize our guests by answering that question definitively.

Prime Markup: How Much Would Amazon HQ2 Drive Up Rents?

With as many as 100 cities bidding for the Amazon HQ2, Apartment List delved into the data to analyze the impact of the new Amazon headquarters, or “HQ2”, on the housing market. We analyzed the rental markets in 15 metros contending for the “HQ2” and predict rents will rise up to an additional 2 percent per year. The metros most impacted by the influx of Amazon workers are smaller metros with low median wages or metros where building new homes is difficult.

Imbalance in Housing Aid: Mortgage Interest Deduction vs. Section 8

With the tax reform debate now fully underway, Apartment List examined the popular mortgage interest deduction (MID) and compared federal expenditure on the MID to spending on Section 8 rental assistance programs. In 2015, federal expenditure on the MID was more than double the funding for Section 8. Additionally, the MID is a highly regressive benefit, with 85 percent of expenditure going to high-income households.

Report Card: What Are the Top U.S. Metros for Millennials?

Apartment List graded 75 top U.S. metros in three categories — jobs, affordability and livability — to determine the best metros for millennials. Overall, affordable inland metros scored highest, with Pittsburgh, Provo and Madison topping the list. Metros where millennials traditionally move — San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York — and where millennials have recently been moving — Seattle, Austin and Denver — failed to make the list due to their lack of affordability.