If you’ve found yourself a bit short on cash to splurge this year, we can serve up at least one possible reason. A new report from apartment website RentCafé indicates the average apartment rent in San Antonio has officially crossed the $1,000 mark.
Studying rents from December 2017 to December 2018, the report shows San Antonio rents climbed from $982 at the end of 2017 to $1,016 at the end of 2018. Despite a 3.5 percent increase year-over-year, San Antonio still had the lowest rent among the state’s five biggest cities, the report shows.
At 4.4 percent, Austin represented the biggest one-year jump among the five largest cities in Texas. During the 12 month span, the average apartment rent in Austin climbed from $1,304 to $1,361, RentCafé says. And in what should be a surprise to absolutely no one, Austin had the highest average rent of the state’s five biggest cities.
Looking at San Antonio's big-city counterparts in Texas, Fort Worth posted the next highest increase in rent during the one-year period — 3.8 percent. Residents of Cowtown saw their average rent go from $1,043 to $1,083, according to RentCafé.
In Dallas, the average rent crept up 2.7 percent, closing out 2017 at $1,151 and closing out 2018 at $1,182, RentCafé says.
Among the country’s 20 “mega-hubs” for renters, as characterized by RentCafé, the average rent in Houston inched up the least — 1.7 percent. Houston’s rent went from $1,075 in December 2017 to $1,093 in December 2018.
In the Houston suburb of Pearland, the average rent actually decreased during the yearlong period by one of the biggest percentages among more than 130 U.S. cities included in the report. The rent there slid 0.2 percent, landing at $1,275 in December 2018, according to RentCafé.
Nationally, the average apartment rent increased 3.1 percent over the past 12 months, from $1,377 to $1,419, RentCafé says.
“Healthy job creation, a robust economy, and positive demographic trends are promoting the formation of new households and stimulating demand for rentals,” Doug Ressler, director of business intelligence at Yardi Matrix, a sister business of RentCafé, says in a release.
Going forward, he adds, that will lead to low — and even declining — apartment vacancy rates in most markets.