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City Guide
Pull Those Bootstraps Up with Ease

There is undeniably an independent attitude here, and everyone is encouraged to make his way the best he can. Fortunately, that's easy in Allen, where the cost of living is a real knee-slapper it falls just below the national average. That doesn't mean sacrificing essentials, though. Housing values are high for Texas but low for the nation.

Renters can also make the most of this situation. They aren't kidding when they say everything's bigger in Texas. It's as true of the steer as it is the square footage of housing. Your search for apartments in Allen will likely provide a selection of one and two-bedroom apartments that are expansive, furnished to the teeth and boasting included goodies, like a pool, fitness center and upgraded appliances.

Making the Move

Vacancy rates are fairly average, so folks worried about planning their apartment hunt months in advance can chill, if momentarily. What newcomers do need to concern themselves with is the weather. Texas is a desert, and that means hot, hot, HOT summers and chilly evenings. The Polar Vortex did manage to swing low enough to dust the town in flurries, but come August, those temps will soar into the triple digits. It's a dry heat, of course, but pack plenty of sunscreen!

Other only slightly winking suggestions include a pair of cowboy boots, an etched flask and maybe a horse. Well, maybe the horse would only be appropriate on a dude ranch. After all, Allen is pretty urban; it's got a population of over 80,000 people, so it should come as no surprise that cars are a better and much more reliable choice for transportation in Allen. Public transportation is available, but a bit on the limited side, hitting only the major hot spots like the public library, the hospital and a couple retail parks. While the city is committed to funding an expansion of services, chances are, you're going solo if you ride the bus.

Picking a Neighborhood

There aren't really distinctive, defined neighborhoods in Allen. There's kind of a west side and an east side, along with plenty of small communities, some gated and some not, that call themselves neighborhoods, but most folks agree Allen is Allen. For those hoping for a bit more guidance on where to find an apartment, here are some suggestions that should steer you straight.

The West Side: Unofficially designated as the section of Allen to the left of I-75, the west side has nice, well-built homes, smaller square footage and oodles of amenities, parks, restaurants, retail, you name it. It's true the houses are a bit smaller than the rest of Texas. Just remember, a smaller home in Texas is still a palace in some other places.

The East Side: Located (you guessed it) on the right side of I-75, East Allen is a little roomier, but you'll have to drive just over a whopping 10 minutes to hit your favorite big box store. Some residents grumble about the quality of the newly built homes, but more likely than not it's a bunch of hogwash. Rental apartments seem to have a tried and true reliability in this part of town, so that might be a good place to start while you learn more about the area.

Parker: Parts of this nearby city fall into the borders of Allen, so it's worth considering the house rentals. It's pretty (and we mean _really _pretty); the only drawback is that the cost of living is noticeably higher. Keep your pinky finger raised when you enjoy a beverage, though, and you'll fit in just fine.

Don't Mess with Texas

Outsiders view this classic motto as a macho threat, but in actuality, it's a sensible plea to keep the land clean. New arrivals to Allen will find streets bearing signs with this slogan because it's actually an anti-littering campaign, and it suits the feel of this green-friendly and environment-loving town. That doesn't mean they don't also love stereotypical western hobbies, like hunting, sweet tea drinking and rodeo, but it does mean newcomers must prepare to change their perception to encompass the array of qualities that make this area such a fun spot to live.

Allen's forward thinking doesn't end with eco-consciousness. They're also avid athletes, with a community-wide focus on health, fitness and recreation. The city boasts 50 miles of hiking and walking trails and over 800 acres of parkland, all available to residents and non-residents alike. While typical sports, like football, baseball and tennis, are grand, new recruits should definitely get into the country spirit and try two-stepping, cattle roping or bowling? The sky's the limit for sweat-inducing activities.

Rent Report

August 2017 Allen Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2017 Allen Rent Report. Allen rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Allen rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Allen rents declined over the past month

Allen rents have declined 0.3% over the past month, but have increased slightly by 1.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Allen stand at $1,220 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,510 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in May. Allen's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.4%, but trails the national average of 2.9%.

Rents rising across the Dallas Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Allen, but across the entire metro. Prices rose year-over-year in all of the 10 largest Dallas area cities that we have data for. Rents also increased in other areas of the state, with Texas as a whole logging rent growth of 1.4% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro, as well as the rest of the state.

  • Arlington has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 9.2%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,190, while one-bedrooms go for $960.
  • Over the past month, Mesquite has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with decline of 0.6%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,290, while one-bedrooms go for $1,040.
  • McKinney has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Dallas metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,450; rents grew 0.6% over the past month and 4.5% over the past year.
  • Dallas proper has the least expensive rents in the Dallas metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,110; rents were up 0.6% over the past month and 2.9% over the past year.
  • Looking throughout the rest of the state, Austin is the most expensive of all Texas' major cities outside the Dallas metro, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,400; of the 10 largest Texas cities that we have data for, 3 have seen rents fall year-over-year, with Houston experiencing the fastest decline (-2.6%).
  • San Antonio, Austin, and Lubbock have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.8%, 2.0%, and 1.9%, respectively).

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Allen

Rent growth in Allen has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases, while in a few cases, rents have actually declined. Compared to most large cities across the country, Allen is less affordable for renters.

  • Allen's median two-bedroom rent of $1,510 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.9% over the past year.
  • While rents in Allen remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Seattle (+5.6%), Phoenix (+5.0%), Los Angeles (+4.8%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,710, $1,020, and $1,730 respectively.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Allen than most large cities. Comparably, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,020, where Allen is nearly one-and-a-half times that price.

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
Dallas $890 $1,110 0.6% 2.9%
Fort Worth $910 $1,130 0.8% 5.2%
Arlington $960 $1,190 1.0% 9.2%
Plano $1,140 $1,420 0.6% 1.9%
Garland $980 $1,220 -0.4% 4.2%
Irving $960 $1,190 0.5% 5.4%
Grand Prairie $1,000 $1,240 0.8% 8.7%
Mesquite $1,040 $1,290 -0.6% 7.0%
McKinney $1,160 $1,450 0.6% 4.5%
Carrollton $1,070 $1,320 0.1% 5.4%
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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.


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.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.