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1717 Commonwealth
1717 Commonwealth Street
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:14pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
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Hanover ​Hermann Park
5927 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:08pm
1 Bedroom
$1,473
2 Bedrooms
$2,238
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Industrial chic interiors with 10' ceilings, exposed concrete ceilings and support beams. High-rise fitness center offers yoga/pilates room, personal training, classes, and massage. Infinity pool with sun shelf and water wall. Across the street from Hermann Park.
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Fields at Woodlake Square
2630 Tanglewilde St
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:05pm
Studio
$935
1 Bedroom
$1,120
2 Bedrooms
$1,265
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AMLI River Oaks
1340 W Gray St
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:13pm
1 Bedroom
$1,372
2 Bedrooms
$1,916
Highly regarded maintenance staff. Property perks include over 25 local discounts and a community blog. Residents frequent the on-site courtyard, pool, grilling/dining area, and pet park. Units have contemporary and dramatic layout with elegant touches and luxurious bathrooms.
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Hanover Montrose
3400 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:12pm
Studio
$1,765
1 Bedroom
$1,467
2 Bedrooms
$2,267
Deluxe tower apartments in the heart of downtown. Luxury units feature modern design, balcony, granite counters, and stainless steel appliances. On-site features include valet service, conference and media rooms, gym, and yoga.
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Cabo San Lucas II
10910 Gulf Fwy #615
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:05pm
1 Bedroom
$636
2 Bedrooms
$821
Pet-friendly units are fitted with fireplaces, laundry facilities, and a private balcony or patio. Residents have access to a swimming pool, tennis court and BBQ area. Easy access to the I-45 and Beltway 8.
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AMLI City Vista
2221 W Dallas St
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
1 Bedroom
$1,311
2 Bedrooms
$1,773
Pet-friendly with on-site dog park (with toys). The community offers panoramic views of downtown Houston as well as easy access to the huge Buffalo Bayou Park. All units come with gourmet island kitchens and stainless steel refrigerators, among other features.
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Melia Medical Center
8383 El Mundo St
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:04pm
1 Bedroom
$1,140
2 Bedrooms
$1,390
Elegant pool with fountain. Expansive fitness center with cardio theater, free weights. Open homes flooded with natural light. Bay window options with many floor plans. Reach 288 and I-610 in minutes flat.
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Arrive River Oaks
2800 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:02pm
1 Bedroom
$1,438
2 Bedrooms
$1,805
Movie room with theater-style seating for one dozen-some friends. Green initiatives include LED lighting, double paned windows and water-conserving irrigation. Resident events such as Wine Down Wednesday and Mimosa Brunches. Within blocks of a dozen restaurants and Whole Foods.
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Memorial Heights Villages
225 S Heights Blvd
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 11:52am
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,365
2 Bedrooms
$1,830
Sophisticated interior design with ceramic tile flooring, Italian-made espresso cabinetry, granite countertops. Resort-style pool with spectacular central fountain. Across the street from Spotts Park and access to Buffalo Bayou bike trails.
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Lakeside Place Apartments
201 Wilcrest Dr
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 10:29am
1 Bedroom
$765
2 Bedrooms
$1,050
3 Bedrooms
$1,365
Energy-efficient appliances and lights, plus water-conserving faucets. Grassy dog park with agility equipment. Just a half mile to Buffalo Bayou Bike Trail.
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Mirabella
12055 Sabo Rd
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 10:26am
1 Bedroom
$1,160
2 Bedrooms
$1,251
3 Bedrooms
$1,350
With an executive business center, conference room and internet access, this community is built for those who stay busy. Unwind in the clubhouse or 24-hour gym, or enjoy the bustling Sam Houston Tollway corridor.
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The Park at Clear Lake
1239 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:15pm
Studio
$695
1 Bedroom
$775
2 Bedrooms
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Terrace Villas
17700 El Camino Real
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:15pm
Studio
$665
1 Bedroom
$750
2 Bedrooms
$900
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Huntington at Stonefield
13100 Stonefield Dr
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:15pm
1 Bedroom
$730
2 Bedrooms
$930
Located off of I-45 near the National Museum of Funeral History. Convenient unit features include a ceiling fan and full-size dryer and washer connections. Community features a fitness center, controlled access gates and a playground.
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Westbury Reserve
12261 Fondren Rd
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:15pm
1 Bedroom
$700
2 Bedrooms
$825
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Villa Helena
2701 Helena St
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:15pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
Spacious modern design and ideal location. Units are pet friendly and include appliances and patio/balcony. Walking distance to local shops and restaurants. Near excellent transit routes and includes underground parking.
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3618 Garrott St
3618 Garrott St
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:15pm
1 Bedroom
$950
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Elm Grove
2921 Sycamore Springs Dr
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:15pm
1 Bedroom
$885
2 Bedrooms
$1,105
3 Bedrooms
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Oversized walk-in closets with all floor plans. Private patio/balcony. Perks like preferred employer program, package receiving, courtesy patrol, and on-site maintenance. Direct access to Greenbelt Trail.
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1903 Portsmouth St
1903 Portsmouth St
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:15pm
1 Bedroom
$1,199
2 Bedrooms
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1919 Portsmouth St
1919 Portsmouth St
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:15pm
1 Bedroom
$1,050
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
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201 Emerson
201 Emerson Street
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:15pm
1 Bedroom
$1,200
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40FiftyFive Braeswood Apartment Homes
4055 S Braeswood Blvd
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:14pm
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$800
2 Bedrooms
$970
Great location across the street from Brays Bayou Multi-Use Trail and one mile to the Inner Loop. Laundry facilities, on-site maintenance, electronic payments accepted. Extra cabinet space for kitchen storage.
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1401 Kipling
1401 Kipling St
Houston, TX
Updated May 23 at 12:14pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,195

Average Rent in Houston

Last updated Apr. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Houston is $837, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,024.
Studio
$738
1 Bed
$837
2 Beds
$1,024
3+ Beds
$1,396
City GuideHouston
'Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.' (Neil Armstrong)

When then-President of the Republic of Texas Sam Houston incorporated the City of Houston in 1837, the prevailing industry was railroad construction. A lot has changed since then, but the city’s passion for modes of transportation has not (think NASA and oil tycoons). Too bad a mass transit system consistently fails to inspire our local legislators... So whether you travel via steam engine or shuttle rocket, you’re going to need somewhere to park your vessel in this city of over two million. It doesn’t take a regular Space Camp attendee to find a great apartment in Houston, but we hope this guide furnishes some enlightenment for your odyssey. Happy hunting!

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Space shuttle at Houston Space Center

Williams Waterwall in Uptown Houston

Ducking around at Hermann Park

Summer in the City

Two must-knows for Houston apartment hunting concern the seasonal implications of 30 degrees latitude.

  • Garage Parking: Summers in Houston are consistently scorching. (This is Big Sky country, after all.) Regardless of what your car seats are made of—leather, cloth, old basketballs signed by Hakeem Olajuwon and the 1995 Rockets—you don’t want to traverse the gates of hell every time you need to drive somewhere. Seeking out that apartment complex with garage parking may save you this minor discomfort and only cost a $50/month more. However, if you can't get garage parking a lot of communities also offer covered parking for no additional charge. 

  • The Pool Scene: Houston is HOT, HOT, HOT. But don't worry, many of the apartments have invested in ways to help their residents stay cool or at least have fun in the heat. Pools at these apartments look more like resort pools than your local YMCA.  You'll find many that have invested in infinity pools and pools with built in lounge chairs (in the water!) or zero entry edges. Make sure to grab your towel and flip-flops. 

Inside the Loop

Houstonians who live inside the 610 Loop (“ITL” for your keyword searching convenience), which forms the inner web of commerce including Downtown, the Heights, the area around Rice University, and other such historic neighborhoods, can be notoriously arrogant. In a city where most of the population owns a personal vehicle, this provincialism can seem ridiculous. OTLers (those “outside the Loop”) consistently doubt the existence of good reasons to travel inside 610, claiming their lives are less stressful and just as exciting as ITLers. But there are good reasons to consider living ITL. Namely:

  • Proximity to Downtown, accessible from most points ITL via the newly constructed METRORail. 
  • Memorial Park, the largest urban greenspace in the Houston Metro area, containing a golf course, tennis courts, an aquatics center, and miles of running trails.
  • H.E.B. Central Market on Westheimer is the Mecca for Houston foodies. Sample new cheeses, pick out a specialty wine, and gain access to some of the best local produce at this Midtown gem.
  • Pet Friendliness, access to the outdoors in side the loop is a little more limited than outside the loop.  The savvy apartment communities know renters love their pets and have invested in dog parks and even in building dog washes to attract the pet friendly apartment searcher.  
Alright, enough sidestepping. Let’s get to the neighborhoods!

Downtown: Downtown Houston feels extremely corporate and business-like. If you aren’t comfortable seeing oil tycoons in suits hobnob it at Starbucks all day, then this might not be the district for you. Downtown also shuts down around 10pm—there aren’t too many late night or 24-hour spots for you party animals. If you want nightlife, you’ll have to head west to Midtown or Washington. That said, the area affectionately known as EaDo (“East Downtown”) has some wonderful surprises, including some of the best Chinese buffets in town… $550/month for an historic one-bedroom in EaDo. Compare that with studio lofts in the CBD: upwards of $1000/month!

The Eastern Wards: Residential development originally sprawled westward out from Downtown, the originally professional class settling in the Fourth Ward and leaving points east to industrial and shipping uses. That’s not to say there aren’t some decent neighborhoods: University of Houston sits smack in the middle of the Third Ward, which ensures some measure of stability. Don’t pay much over $600/month (utilities included) for a modest-sized two-bedroom condo near U of H. Checking out the Orange Show on Munger St. is a must. 

Midtown: Running west out from Downtown, this is the “it” area for young, artsy, professionals. West Alabama has the historic Angelika Theatre, and Washington Ave. is the new (moneyed) hipster location. This neighborhood still has that urban, commercial feel, but it’s that of a smaller city. Most folks who live here rarely find it necessary to head east of the Gulf Freeway. Seriously, all the culture and amenities one needs can be found on Westheimer St. Don’t go too far past Shepherd or you’ll land in River Oaks, one of the oldest in richest communities in the U.S. Luxury apartments and lofts on Washington go for around $1000/month and typically come with hardwood floors and in-unit washer and dryers,  two bedrooms start at $1500/month. Head south for more reasonable rates: $700-$800/month for one-bedrooms (Jacuzzi included?!) off Montrose.

The Heights: A wonderfully diverse and historic neighborhood (master-planned in 1891, it features Victorian mansions alongside quaint single-family homes), the Heights enjoys great access to major freeways: I-10, which will take you into the CBD or west to Katy; and I-45, which will take you north to the airport or the Woodlands. Professional folks who can’t afford to live in Midtown plus young families give the Heights a laid-back feel. Nicer one-bedroom apartments will top out at $1000/month. Look for a two- or three-bedroom Victorian and you’ll save $200-$300/month per head.

West University: Named for Rice University’s majestic presence, this area boasts an impressive number of museums (concentrated in the aptly named “Museum District”), Hermann Park (the only real rival to Memorial Park), and the Houston Zoo. The driftwood-framed Ginger Man in Rice Village shopping center is arguably the best beer bar in town. Two-bedroom apartments with hardwood floors run $1300/month and up; a little more than half that for only one bedroom. Expect covered parking in this neighborhood. (But if not, don’t fret: there are so many trees you’ll be fine on the street.)

Between 610 and the Beltway: The graphically tubular zone between the Loop and Beltway 8 (also called the Sam Houston Tollway) is the first legitimately “suburban” area after one leaves central Houston. These communities are oftentimes still historic—picture wide, oak-lined streets and large porches—but more spread out. The sacrifice one makes in moving OTL is that city feel: there are definitely highly-trafficked commercial districts (the Galleria in Woodway is a prime example), but they’re more likely to be massive malls amidst a moat of parking possibilities than ye olde main street. Here are a few neighborhoods OTL you’d best be acquainted with. 

Bellaire: Just outside the southwest corner of the Loop, Bellaire lives up to its California namesake. The Galleria shopping center (poodles, Versace, etc.) perches just north of Hwy. 59, South Rice Ave. linking it to Bellaire Blvd. (Wait, what??!)$700-$800/month for one-bedrooms, higher if you’d like to be closer to the Medical Center in case of an emergency.

Memorial: As you travel west along I-10, the communities on either side of the freeway are broken up into independent incorporated “villages”: Bunker Hill, Piney Point, Hunter’s Creek, Hedwig.  The Houston Country Club imparts an appropriate aura to this region. It’s where the “good ol’ boys” reside. $450-$600/month for efficiency one-bedrooms, higher for luxury apartments closer to the Galleria.

Aldine: A good choice if you’re going to be spending most of your weekends (or weekdays, for that matter) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which stretches north of the Beltway but is easily accessed from Aldine. This very inexpensive area (you get what you pay for, remember) offers one-bedrooms for $500/month max. Add $100/month for another room.

May 2019 Houston Rent Report

Welcome to the May 2019 Houston Rent Report. Houston rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Houston rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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May 2019 Houston Rent Report

Welcome to the May 2019 Houston Rent Report. Houston rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Houston rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Houston rents increased significantly over the past month

Houston rents have increased 0.5% over the past month, but have remained steady at 0.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Houston stand at $840 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,020 for a two-bedroom. Houston's year-over-year rent growth lags the state and national averages, which both stand at 1.5%.

    Rents rising across the Houston Metro

    While rents have remained steady in the city of Houston throughout the past year, cities across the metro have seen a different trend. Rents have risen in 8 of of the largest 10 cities in the Houston metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Conroe has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.2%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,080, while one-bedrooms go for $880.
    • Over the past month, Galveston has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.2%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,110, while one-bedrooms go for $910.
    • Pasadena has the least expensive rents in the Houston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,000; rents increased 0.2% over the past month and 1.6% over the past year.
    • Sugar Land has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Houston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,560; rents went down 0.4% over the past month and 0.2% over the past year.

    Houston rents more affordable than many similar cities nationwide

    Rent growth in Houston has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases. Houston is still more affordable than most comparable cities across the country.

    • Other cities across the state have seen rents slightly increase, with Texas as a whole logging rent growth of 1.5% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.5% in Austin, 2.4% in San Antonio, and 1.6% in Dallas.
    • Houston's median two-bedroom rent of $1,020 is below the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in Houston.
    • While rents in Houston remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.9%), DC (+2.0%), and New York (+2.0%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,070, $1,550, and $2,520 respectively.
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Houston than most other large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,100, which is more than three times the price in Houston.

    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
    Houston
    $840
    $1,020
    0.5%
    0.1%
    Pasadena
    $820
    $1,000
    0.2%
    1.6%
    Pearland
    $1,100
    $1,340
    0.6%
    -0.9%
    League City
    $1,220
    $1,500
    -0.4%
    0.2%
    Sugar Land
    $1,280
    $1,560
    -0.4%
    -0.2%
    Baytown
    $870
    $1,060
    0.5%
    1.1%
    Missouri City
    $1,170
    $1,440
    0.8%
    0.7%
    Conroe
    $880
    $1,080
    0.6%
    2.2%
    Spring
    $1,110
    $1,360
    0.6%
    0.2%
    Galveston
    $910
    $1,110
    -1.2%
    1.8%
    Texas City
    $900
    $1,100
    0.4%
    3.1%
    Rosenberg
    $860
    $1,050
    0.8%
    3%
    Stafford
    $1,020
    $1,250
    -1%
    1%
    Humble
    $1,040
    $1,280
    0.7%
    2.8%
    Seabrook
    $860
    $1,050
    0.3%
    0.3%
    Richmond
    $990
    $1,210
    1.1%
    -1.4%
    Tomball
    $980
    $1,200
    -0.5%
    1.1%
    Webster
    $990
    $1,220
    1.1%
    0.2%
    Magnolia
    $960
    $1,180
    2%
    3%
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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.

    Methodology:

    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.

    Renter Confidence Survey

    Apartment List has released Houston’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

    "Houston renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List...

    View full Houston Renter Survey

    Here’s how Houston ranks on:

    B+
    Overall satisfaction
    B-
    Safety and crime rate
    A-
    Jobs and career opportunities
    B
    Recreational activities
    A
    Affordability
    B+
    Quality of schools
    A-
    Social Life
    C
    Weather
    B-
    Commute time
    A
    State and local taxes
    B-
    Public transit
    B+
    Pet-friendliness

    Overview of Findings

    Apartment List has released Houston’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

    "Houston renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "They gave most categories above average scores."

    Key Findings in Houston include the following:

    • Houston renters gave their city a B+ overall.
    • The highest-rated categories for Houston were affordability and state and local taxes, which both received A grades.
    • The areas of concern to Houston renters are weather (C) and public transit (B-).
    • Millennial renters are very satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of B+, while renters who are parents are equally satisfied, also scoring the city a B+.
    • Houston earned similar scores compared to other cities in Texas, including Austin (A-), Dallas (B) and San Antonio (A-).
    • Houston did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Los Angeles (C+), Atlanta (B) and Miami (C+).
    • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

    Renters say:

    • "Houston is a great place to live! It’s family oriented but also has a booming nightlife that caters to all Houstonians. The traffic, at times, can be a headache, but there is always opportunity for either public transportation or expressways to get around the city." -Jessica
    • "Houston is a nice place to live. There are a lot of opportunities and it’s a great place if you are looking for a change. Transportation ins’t great if you don’t have a car." -Anon.
    • "I love the city because it’s very diverse; so many cultures mix in one place. But I hate that the weather is extremely hot!" -Mauricio
    • "Houston has good growth, great food, and a short winter." -Joe H.

    For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

    View our national survey results here

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