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Price-to-Rent Ratio in 52 Cities

By Becca Stanek · January 09, 2023 · 9 minute read

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Price-to-Rent Ratio in 52 Cities

Better to buy or rent? The price-to-rent ratio is a reference point that can help gauge affordability in any city — especially for people on the move. More specifically, the price-to-rent ratio can be helpful when looking at a certain area and deciding whether to sink your life savings into a home, or pay a landlord and wait to buy.

Read on to see the home price-to-rent ratio in some of the biggest U.S. cities.

First, What Is the Price-to-Rent Ratio?

The price-to-rent ratio compares the median home price and the median annual rent in a given area. (You’ll remember that the median is the midpoint, where half the numbers are lower and half are higher.) To make sense of a city’s price-to-rent ratio, here’s a general idea of what the number suggests:

•   A ratio of 1 to 15 typically indicates that it’s more favorable to buy than rent in a given community.

•   A ratio of 16 to 20 indicates that it’s typically better to rent than buy.

•  A ratio of 21 or more indicates that it’s much better to rent than buy.

As you can see, the ratios could be useful when considering whether to rent or buy. Investors also often look at the ratios before purchasing a rental property.

The number also may be used as an indicator of an impending housing bubble. A substantial increase in the ratio could mean that renting is becoming a much more attractive option in that specific housing market.

If you’re exploring different areas, it can also be a good idea to estimate mortgage payments based on median home prices. That way, you can determine if it’s a cost you can reasonably afford to add to your budget on a monthly basis.

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Price-to-Rent Ratio by City

Here are 52 popular metropolitan areas and their price-to-rent ratios. As of the third quarter of 2022, the median home sale price in the U.S. was $454,900, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis reported.

Median sale price listed comes from Redfin as of December 2022. Median rents listed come from the Zumper National Rent Report from November 2022, based on a one-bedroom apartment. Remember, as home prices and rents shift over time, so do the ratios.

1. San Francisco

It’s no secret that San Francisco housing prices are way up there. The median sale price was $1,352,500, and the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment was $3,000 per month (or $36,000 a year). That gives the hilly city a price-to-rent ratio of nearly 38.

2. San Jose, Calif.

Golden State housing continues its pricey reputation in San Jose. The median sale price here was $1,222,500, and the city had a median one-bedroom rent of $30,480 annually ($2,540 a month), leading to a price-to-rent ratio of 40.

3. Seattle

The Emerald City had a median sale price of $820,000. Meanwhile, the median annual rent for a one-bedroom was $23,160, for a price-to-rent ratio of around 35.

4. Los Angeles

A median sale price of $965,000 and a median one-bedroom rent of $29,160 a year ($2,430 a month) shines a Hollywood light on renting, with a rent-to-price ratio of 33.

5. Long Beach, Calif.

With a median home price of $765,000 and one-bedroom rent averaging $1,770 a month, Long Beach earned a ratio of 36.

6. Honolulu

The ratio in the capital of Hawaii is a steamy 25, with a $552,500 median sale price and a median rent of $21,600 per year.

7. Oakland, Calif.

Oakland, across the bay from San Francisco, had a median sale price of $870,000 and median rent of $26,760 a year ($2,230 a month). This earned the location a price-to-rent ratio of 32.

8. Austin, Texas

A hotbed for artists, musicians, and techies, Austin had a price-to-rent ratio of nearly 27. This was thanks to a median sale price of $540,000 and median annual rent of $20,160.

9. San Diego

Hop back to Southern California beaches and “America’s Finest City,” where a median sale price of $835,000 and median rent of $30,000 a year led to a ratio of almost 28.

10. New York, N.Y.

The median sale price here was $790,000 and median rent was $45,480 a year ($3,790 a month), which equates to a price-to-rent ratio of roughly 17.

Of course, the city is composed of five boroughs: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, and it’s probable that most of the sales under $790,000 were not in Manhattan (where the median sale price was $1.2 million) or Brooklyn (where the median was $950,000). Just looking at Manhattan using the same annual average rent figure, the ratio looks more like 26.

11. Boston

With a median sale price of $775,000 and median rent of $36,000 a year, Beantown had a price-to-rent ratio of over 21.

12. Portland, Ore.

The midpoint of buying here of late was $524,500, compared with median rent of $18,480 per year, for a price-to-rent ratio of 28.

13. Tucson, Ariz.

In Tucson, the median sale price of $329,950 and median annual rent of $11,280 came out to a ratio of 29.

14. Denver

The Mile High City logged a renter-leaning ratio of nearly 29, thanks to a median sale price of $575,000 and median annual rent cost of $20,040.

15. Colorado Springs, Colo.

With a median sale price of $420,000 and annual rent of $14,760, this city at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains had a recent price-to-rent ratio of 28.

16. Albuquerque, N.M.

In the Southwest, Albuquerque heated up to a ratio of 26, based on a median home sale price of $300,000 and annual rent of $11,400.

17. Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital is another pushpin on the map with a high cost of living. The median sale price of $650,000 compares with median rent of $27,600 annually ($2,300 a month), translating to a ratio of nearly 24.

18. Mesa, Ariz.

With a median sale price of $430,000 and median annual rent of $16,320, Mesa has a price-to-rent ratio of 26.

19. Las Vegas

Sin City has reached a ratio of 25, based on a $385,000 median sale price vs. $15,600 in annual rent.

20. Phoenix

Phoenix’s price-to-rent ratio has revved up to 24, with a median home sale price of $408,000 and $16,680 in rent.

21. Raleigh, N.C.

North Carolina’s capital, the City of Oaks, logs a ratio of nearly 27. This is based on a $407,500 median home sale price and median annual rent of $15,240.

22. Tulsa, Okla.

Tulsa had a price-to-rent ratio of 19, with median annual rent of $10,680 and home sale prices at a median of $203,750.

23. Dallas

This sprawling city had a recent median sale price of $400,000 and median annual rent of $17,040, leading to a price-to-rent ratio of 23.

24. Sacramento, Calif.

This Northern California city had a recent median sale price of $450,000 and median annual rent of $18,720, for a price-to-rent ratio of 24.

25. Fresno, Calif.

Fresno makes the list with a price-to-rent ratio of 20, based on median home sale prices of $380,000 and median annual rent of $15,960.

26. Oklahoma City

The capital of Oklahoma had one of the lower price-to-rent ratios until recent home price spikes. It logs a ratio of 24 lately, based on a median sale price of $251,800 and median annual rent of $10,440.

27. Arlington, Texas

Back to the Lone Star State, this city between Fort Worth and Dallas has a price-to-rent ratio of 24. This is thanks to a median sales price of $320,000 and median annual rent of $13,200.

28. San Antonio

This Texas city southwest of Austin had a median sale price of $285,000 and median annual rent of $13,920, resulting in a price-to-rent ratio of 20.

29. El Paso, Texas

El Paso traded a low price-to-rent ratio for a higher one when home prices rose. It’s at a 23, based on recent figures of a median sale price of $235,000 and median rent at $10,200 a year.

30. Omaha, Neb.

With a median sale price of $255,000 and median annual rent of $10,920, Omaha has a recent home price-to-rent ratio of 23.

31. Nashville, Tenn.

The first Tennessee city on this list is the Music City, with a price-to-rent ratio of 21. Nashville has a median sale price of $440,000 and a median annual rent of $20,400 ($1,700 per month).

32. Virginia Beach, Va.

The ratio here has nearly reached 20, based on a median home sale price of $330,000 and median rent of $16,800 per year.

33. Tampa, Fla.

This major Sunshine State city has a price-to-rent ratio of almost 21, based on a median home sale price of $410,000 and median annual rent of $19,800.

34. Jacksonville, Fla.

This east coast Florida city had a recent ratio of 19, based on a median sale price of $289,000 and median rent of $15,000 per year.

35. Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte’s price-to-rent ratio of 22 arises from a median home sale price of $391,900 and median annual rent of $17,760.

36. Fort Worth, Texas

Panther City’s price-to-rent ratio has crept up to 22, based on a median home sale price of $340,000 and median rent of $15,120 per year.

37. Houston

Houston, we have a number: it’s a price-rent-ratio of 19. That’s based on a median sale price of $305,000 and median annual rent of $16,080.

38. Louisville, Ky.

Kentucky’s largest city has a median home sale price of $224,950 and median annual rent of $12,720. That leaves Louisville with a price-to-rent ratio of almost 18.

39. Columbus, Ohio

The only Ohio city on this list has a price-to-rent ratio of 19, due to a median sale price of $249,900 and median annual rent of $12,840.

40. Atlanta

Heading South, Atlanta has a median sale price of $400,000 and median annual rent of $19,440, for a price-to-rent ratio of 20.

41. Miami

Those looking to put down roots in this vibrant city will find a price-to-rent ratio of just under 19, based on a median home sale price of $525,000 and median rent of $19,200 annually.

42. Minneapolis

The Mini-Apple is sweeter on renting, with a ratio of 21. This is based on a median sale price of $320,000 and median annual rent of $14,880.

43. New Orleans

Next up is another charming southern city. New Orleans has a price-to-rent ratio of nearly 18, given a median sale price of $325,000 and median rent of $18,240 per year.

44. Kansas City, Mo.

In this Show-Me State city, a median home value of $246,000 and median annual rent of $12,720 equate to a price-to-rent ratio of 19.

45. Chicago

Chi-Town’s 14 price-to-rent ratio is based on a $310,000 median home sale price and $22,440 median annual rent.

46. Memphis, Tenn.

Memphis logs a price-to-rent ratio of nearly 15, with a median home sale price of $179,500 and median annual rent of $12,240.

47. Indianapolis

The ratio in this capital city is 18, thanks to a median home sale price of $225,000 and median annual rent of $12,360.

48. Philadelphia

This major East Coast city had a recent median sale price of $250,750 and median annual rent of $17,640, for a price-to-rent ratio of 14.

49. Baltimore

Charm City had a recent median home sale price of $215,000 and median annual rent of $16,560, resulting in a price-to-rent ratio of 13.

50. Newark, N.J.

Newark, anyone? The median sale price here is $409,000, with median rent at $1,400 a month (or $16,800 a year), leading to a ratio of 24.

51. Milwaukee

Milwaukee is slightly more favorable to homebuyers than renters, thanks to a price-to-rent ratio of 15. This Midwest city had a recent median sale price of $180,000 and median annual rent of $11,640.

52. Detroit

Detroit saw a spike in home sale prices, though the latest median sale price was a relatively low $82,000, compared with median annual rent of $13,200. This resulted in a price-to-rent ratio of 6.

How to Calculate Price-to-Rent Ratio

If you don’t see your city on the list, rest assured that it’s possible to calculate price-to-rent ratio yourself. To do so, you’ll simply take the median home sale price in your area and divide it by median annual rent.

Here’s an example: Let’s say the median rent in a city is $3,000 a month, and the median sale price is $1 million. You’d divide $1 million by $36,000 ($3,000 per month multiplied by 12, the number of months in the year). The result is a price-to-rent ratio of nearly 28.

The Takeaway

The price-to-rent ratio lends insight into whether a city is more favorable to buyers or renters. Usually in a range of 1 to 21-plus, the ratio is useful to house hunters, renters, and investors who want to get the lay of the land.

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