Rental Market Tracker: Typical U.S. Asking Rent Surpassed $2,000

Rental Market Tracker: Typical U.S. Asking Rent Surpassed $2,000 for First Time in May


Asking rents were up over 30% in Cincinnati, Seattle, and Nashville and nearly 50% in Austin.

The median monthly asking rent in the U.S. surpassed $2,000 for the first time in May, rising 15% year over year to a record high of $2,002. That’s on par with April’s annual increase of 15%, but a slowdown from March’s 17% gain.

More people are opting to live alone, and rising mortgage-interest rates are forcing would-be homebuyers to keep renting,” said Redfin deputy chief economist Taylor Marr. “These are among the demand-side pressures keeping rents sky-high. While renting has become more expensive, it is now more attractive than buying for many Americans this year as mortgage payments have surpassed rents on many homes. Although we expect rent-price growth to continue to slow in the coming months, it will likely remain high, causing ongoing affordability issues for renters.”

Rental Market Summary May 2022 Month-Over-Month Year-Over-Year
Average Monthly Rent $2,002 2% 15.2%


Rent YOY

Rents Up Over 30% in Austin, Nashville, Seattle and Cincinnati

Asking rents surged 48% year over year in Austin, TX—the largest increase on record in any metro area since at least the beginning of Redfin’s rental data in 2019. Nashville, TN, Seattle, and Cincinnati also saw asking rents increase over 30% from a year earlier. Rent growth in Portland, OR (24%) fell below 30% for the first time since the start of the year, causing it to drop out of the top 10.

Top 10 Metro Areas With Fastest-Rising Rents Year Over Year

  1. Austin, TX (48%)
  2. Nashville, TN (32%)
  3. Seattle, WA (32%)
  4. Cincinnati, OH (32%)
  5. Miami, FL (29%)
  6. Fort Lauderdale, FL (29%)
  7. West Palm Beach, FL (29%)
  8. New York, NY (24%)
  9. Nassau County, NY (24%)
  10. New Brunswick, NJ (24%)

Just three of the 50 most populous metro areas saw rents fall in May from a year earlier. Rents declined 10% in Milwaukee and 3% in Kansas City, MO and Minneapolis. The same three metro areas saw rents decline in April as well.

Metro Areas Where Rents Declined Year Over Year

  1. Milwaukee, WI (-10%)
  2. Kansas City, MO (-3%)
  3. Minneapolis, MN (-3%)

Median Asking Rents, May 2022

U.S. Metro AreaMedian Asking RentYear-Over-Year Change in Median Asking Rent
Anaheim, CA$3,4009.6%
Atlanta, GA$2,14318.3%
Austin, TX$2,70748.4%
Baltimore, MD$2,1017.9%
Boston, MA$3,97017.7%
Charlotte, NC$1,8228.7%
Chicago, IL$2,4546.6%
Cincinnati, OH$1,71331.7%
Cleveland, OH$1,4779.6%
Columbus, OH$1,6279.0%
Dallas, TX$2,20021.6%
Denver, CO$2,68116.1%
Detroit, MI$1,67413.6%
Fort Lauderdale, FL$3,15729.0%
Fort Worth, TX$2,20021.6%
Houston, TX$1,82216.1%
Indianapolis, IN$1,47120.4%
Jacksonville, FL$1,68117.1%
Kansas City, MO$1,428-2.9%
Las Vegas, NV$1,83717.4%
Los Angeles, CA$3,4009.6%
Miami, FL$3,15729.0%
Milwaukee, WI$1,616-10.0%
Minneapolis, MN$1,776-2.8%
Montgomery County, PA$2,38513.2%
Nashville, TN$2,14132.5%
Nassau County, NY$4,00824.4%
New Brunswick, NJ$4,00824.4%
New York, NY$4,00824.4%
Newark, NJ$4,00824.4%
Oakland, CA$3,75216.6%
Orlando, FL$2,19322.9%
Philadelphia, PA$2,38513.2%
Phoenix, AZ$2,26123.8%
Pittsburgh, PA$1,93715.5%
Portland, OR$2,53623.6%
Providence, RI$2,2833.4%
Riverside, CA$2,68110.0%
Sacramento, CA$2,76417.8%
San Antonio, TX$1,45317.7%
San Diego, CA$3,43221.5%
San Francisco, CA$3,75216.6%
San Jose, CA$3,62116.7%
Seattle, WA$3,09731.9%
St. Louis, MO$1,5614.3%
Tampa, FL$2,18822.4%
Virginia Beach, VA$1,67013.5%
Warren, MI$1,67413.6%
Washington, D.C.$2,68112.5%
West Palm Beach, FL$3,15729.0%


Redfin analyzed rent prices from RentPath across the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. This analysis uses data from more than 20,000 apartment buildings across the country.

It is important to note that the prices in this report reflect the current costs of new leases and new mortgages during each time period. In other words, the amount shown as the median rent is not the median of what all renters are paying, but the median cost of apartments that were available for new renters during the report month. Currently, Redfin’s data from RentPath includes only median rent at the metro level. Future reports will compare median rent prices at a more granular geographic level.


Tim Ellis

Tim Ellis has been analyzing the real estate market since 2005, and worked at Redfin as a housing market analyst from 2010 through 2013 and again starting in 2018. In his free time, he runs the independently-operated Seattle-area real estate website Seattle Bubble, and produces the "Dispatches from the Multiverse" improvised comedy sci-fi podcast.

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