Affordability report

This is the salary you need to afford rent in San Antonio right now

This is the salary you need to afford rent in San Antonio right now

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San Antonio is one of the most affordable large cities for renters in Texas. Photo by SeanPavonePhoto/Getty Images

What does it take to afford to live in San Antonio? Surprisingly less than elsewhere in Texas — and the U.S. — according to a new report on rental affordability.

Apartment List analyzed the 100 largest U.S. cities to find the minimum gross income needed to afford a local apartment. When compared to the actual median household income, renters in 24 of the cities studied are burdened by the cost of living in a two-bedroom apartment. That's not the case in San Antonio, which lands on the affordable end of the spectrum.

In San Antonio, the median rent price for a two-bedroom apartment clocks in at $1,062. That means a local renter here needs a gross annual income of $42,520 to afford rent without being cost-burdened, which is defined as spending more than 30 percent of gross income on rent. Apartment List breaks that down to an hourly wage of $20.

Meanwhile, the estimated median household income in San Antonio for 2018 was $51,302, giving renters plenty of cushion.

More Americans are renting, in part because of rising housing costs, and many of them are burdened by the cost. "Nearly half of renting households are cost-burdened," the report says. "The demographics of renting are changing as well. As homeownership becomes more and more unattainable for millennials, many forego purchasing a home and opt to rent further into adulthood."

Across the Lone Star State, those earning the median local income are out of the woods when it comes to being cost-burdened by rent. But only a handful of the Texas cities studied cost less than San Antonio: Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, El Paso, and Lubbock.

Houston is slightly cheaper than San Antonio, with a median rent of $1,026 and a required median income of $41,080. Dallas is slightly pricier, with a median rent of $1,111 and required median income of $44,480. Fort Worth actually edges out Big D with $1,147 median rent and $45,920 income required.

The most expensive place in the state is Plano, which has a median rent of $1,435 and a required median income of $57,440. Austin is second, with a median rent of $1,426 and required median income of $57,040.

That pales in comparison to the most expensive U.S. city on the list: Fremont, California, where the median rent price is $3,731 a month and Apartment List recommends renters earn at least $150,040 annually, or a whopping $72 an hour.