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Sugar Land, TX
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City Guide
Moving to Stafford

You could definitely say that Stafford is a relatively popular city in Texas. After all, it experienced a 14.5% population growth between 2000 and 2012. Stafford must have something going for it if people keep moving there. When looking for apartments or home rentals in Stafford though, you're going to have to do a little prep work to find the best place for you.

When to start looking

You probably need to start looking at places for rent immediately. Over half of the population of Stafford consists of renters, and while this means you'll be in good company it also means that places get snatched up relatively quickly. Everything is bigger in Texas, and this includes the competition for great rental homes. So yeah, enjoy the hunt!

When to make the move

There's really not much to stop you from moving to Stafford at any old time. The city is just far enough from Houston so that it's unlikely to be affected by any big city commotion. If you want comfort though, you might want to avoid the summer months. Average high temperatures can hit the high 90s and the record high was 108 degrees in 2011.

What to bring along

Whether you're seeking out a large apartment or a studio apartment for rent, you're going to need to bring along a few things. First off, bring references from prior landlords. Many may not even ask for these, but having them will definitely land brownie points. Also, it never hurts to bring along a credit report. Though the property crime rate is slightly higher in Stafford than the rest of Texas, a background check would do wonders in helping the landlord agree to your rental offer.

Stafford Neighborhoods

One of the most awesome things about Stafford is the fact that it's relatively quickly growing population has resulted in some great and unique experiences in and around the city. Here are some of the highlights of living in each area.

South Main Street: If you've got serious errands to run, you're in the right place here. The Stafford Municipal Complex is here, but for something that's a little more fun you could check out what's going on at the Stafford Civic Center.

City Center: The City Center has a ton of residential areas and this includes apartment complexes and housing for rent. You'll also be next to the performing arts at Stafford Centre, and you can always feel safe since the Fort Bend ISD Police Department is located here.

FM 1092: This area is also heavily residential, but it's also home to several higher-education organizations. Fortunately, you're also close to Interstate 69, so you can get anywhere you need easily.

West Airport Boulevard: Ever worry about fires in the arid environment of Texas? Well the Sugar Land Fire Administration is in this area, so you should be fine. Oh, and if you do need to evacuate you can always catch a flick at AMC Loews Fountains 18.

Living in Stafford

Alright, so living in an area isn't always just about how close you are to certain services. Sometimes it's about the overall experience. Well, slow your roll, because Stafford stands pretty strong in that area as well.

Experience Some Top-Notch Acting

The Fort Bend Theatre hit its 25th season in 2013, and if you think you're a good actor, prepare to feel humbled. The theater has things going on nearly year round.

Knowing How to have Fun

Some places are content without having festivals. Not Stafford. Enjoy the Houston Hot Sauce Festival around September every year.

Get Out and Go

The renowned Affordable Tours agency is actually located in Stafford, so booking your next vacation is simple. Most of the year though, you'll be happy as can be just hanging in your new home in Stafford.

Rent Report

August 2017 Stafford Rent Report

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

Stafford rents increased moderately over the past month

Stafford rents have increased 0.3% over the past month, but are down slightly by 1.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Stafford stand at $970 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,190 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in May. Stafford's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.4%, as well as the national average of 2.9%.

Rents falling across the Houston Metro

Throughout the past year, rent decreases have been occurring not just in the city of Stafford, but across the entire metro. Prices decreased year-over-year in 8 of the 10 largest Houston area cities that we have data for. Rents 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.

  • Baytown has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 5.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,030, while one-bedrooms go for $840.
  • Over the past year, Spring has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with decline of 3.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,320, while one-bedrooms go for $1,080.
  • Pasadena has the least expensive rents in the Houston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $960; rents decreased 0.4% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.
  • Sugar Land has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Houston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,560; rents were up 0.3% over the past month but fell 0.6% over the past year.
  • Looking throughout the rest of the state, Plano is the most expensive of all Texas' major cities outside the Houston metro, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,420; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, Corpus Christi, where a two-bedroom goes for $1,020, is the only major city besides Stafford to see rents fall year-over-year (-1.3%).
  • Arlington, Fort Worth, and Garland have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (9.2%, 5.2%, and 4.2%, respectively).

Stafford rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have fallen in Stafford, many large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Stafford is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Stafford's median two-bedroom rent of $1,190 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.9% over the past year.
  • While rents in Stafford fell over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Seattle (+5.6%), Phoenix (+5.0%), and Los Angeles (+4.8%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Stafford than most large cities. Comparably, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,060, which is more than two-and-a-half times the price in Stafford.

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 $810 $990 -0.0% -2.6%
Pasadena $780 $960 -0.1% -0.4%
Pearland $1,080 $1,320 -0.2% -1.6%
League City $1,210 $1,480 1.0% 2.3%
Sugar Land $1,270 $1,560 0.3% -0.6%
Baytown $840 $1,030 0.0% 5.0%
Conroe $850 $1,040 0.2% -3.5%
Spring $1,080 $1,320 0.4% -3.5%
Stafford $970 $1,190 0.3% -1.5%
Humble $990 $1,210 -0.2% -0.9%
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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.