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Houston’s average rent reached $1,127 in April

Houston’s average rent reached $1,127 in April, after a 1% increase since last year. A thriving economic and cultural center and a renter-majority city (54%), Houston is a popular location to call home, with apartment prices below the national average of $1,417. [View Full Report]

Houston apartment rent report

Houston’s average rent was $1,127 in April

Houston’s average rent reached $1,127 in April, after a 1% increase since last year. A thriving economic and cultural center and a renter-majority city (54%), Houston is a popular location to call home, with apartment prices below the national average of $1,417.

The average rent for an apartment in Houston rose slower than in other surrounding cities, such as Pearland ($1,352), where prices went up by 1.6%. Meanwhile, apartment rates in The Woodlands decreased by 3.4%, reaching a $1,470 average.

Houston apartment rent report

What it costs to rent in the largest renter hubs in the Houston area

Webster, the city with the largest renter share (88%) in the Houston area, has a $1,046 average rent, after a 2.5% annual increase. The second largest renter hub, Galveston, has a 55% renter share, with its apartments going for $1,108 on average (up by 0.4% since last year).

Houston comes in third, tied with Humble (54% renters), where rental prices circle around $1,127, after a 3.8% yearly increase. Last but not least, Rosenberg's 50% share of renters places it fifth among the area’s renter hubs. The city’s average rent reached $1,165 in April, going up by 9.6% in the past year. 

The priciest and cheapest cities for renters in the Houston area

The Woodlands is the priciest city for renters in the Houston area, with apartments renting for $1,470 per month. Pearland’s $1,352 rate is the second most expensive, while apartments in Katy ($1,332) come in third.

For renters in search of budget-friendly apartments, Clutes $830 average rent is the cheapest in the Houston area, followed by Pasadena's $910 rate. Baytown rentals are the third least pricey on the list, with a $951 average rent as of April.

Houston apartment rents in popular ZIP codes for renters

Among Houston's most popular renter ZIP codes, 77036 has a $820 average rent, below the city average ($1,127). At the same time, rentals in ZIP 77077 go for $1,109, while prices in ZIP 77081 circle around $904. Apartment rents in ZIP 77042 clock in at around $1,061, lower than the Houston average, while rates in ZIP 77057 average at $1,111.

Check out how average rents evolved across the Houston area

Houston apartment rent report

Methodology

RENTCafe.com is a nationwide apartment search website that enables renters to easily find apartments and houses for rent throughout the United States. 

The data on average rents included in our reports comes directly from competitively-rented (market-rate) large-scale multifamily properties (50+ units in size), via telephone survey. The data is compiled and reported by our sister company Yardi Matrix, a business development and asset management tool for brokers, sponsors, banks and equity sources underwriting investments in the multifamily, office, industrial and self-storage sectors. Fully-affordable properties are not included in the survey and are not reported in rental rate averages. Local rent reports include only cities with a statistically-relevant stock of large-scale multifamily properties of 50+ units.

Houston, TX Demographics

  • Total Population2,310,432
  • Female 1,153,417
    Male 1,157,015
  • Median Age33

Average Rent in Houston, TX

  • Houston, TX Average Rental Price, May 2021 $1,132 /mo

Houston, TX Apartment Rent Ranges

  • $501-$70010%
  • $701-$1,00040%
  • $1,001-$1,50036%
  • $1,501-$2,00010%
  • > $2,0005%

Houston, TX Rent Trends

Average Rent Mar / 2018 Jul / 2018 Nov / 2018 Mar / 2019 Jul / 2019 Nov / 2019 Mar / 2020 Jul / 2020 Nov / 2020 Mar / 2021 May / 2021
Houston, TX $1,086 $1,097 $1,094 $1,097 $1,103 $1,114 $1,120 $1,111 $1,108 $1,116 $1,132
National $1,314 $1,345 $1,354 $1,358 $1,390 $1,397 $1,400 $1,392 $1,396 $1,407 $1,428
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Houston, TX Households

  • Total Number of Households858,374
  • Family 522,128
    Non-family 336,246
  • Children 282,908
    No Children 575,466
  • Average People Per Household2.65
  • Median Household Income$52,338
  • Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,058

Houston, TX Education Statistics

  • No High School11%
  • Some High School33%
  • Some College20%
  • Associate Degree5%
  • Bachelor Degree19%
  • Graduate Degree11%

The best apartments in Houston, TX under $1,200

We know that comfort and convenience are essential elements to your well-being, and that is why we selected the best apartments for rent in Houston, TX. The monthly rent does vary on the property type, but you can find cheap luxury apartments listed for up to $3,807. Exclusively designed to satisfy your needs, these modern apartments include high-level amenities and a décor designed to provide the utmost in convenience. Offering quality living and comfort, our stylish apartments for less than $1,200 present a unique lifestyle for anyone who is looking to take it to the next level.

How to find the best rental near you

If searching for your perfect apartment gets a little bit too overwhelming, use the RENTCafé filters and you’ll find something for your taste. If you’d rather sacrifice space for a good location, search for a studio or a 1-bedroom apartment in one of the city’s top-rated neighborhoods. If you want to share or if you need more space, choose from our selection of spacious 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom apartments. Asking yourself “how do I find desirable apartments near me?” is quite a challenge, but RENTCafé can help by making your apartment search an enjoyable experience. Make the most of your money by selecting whatever you consider suitable, knowing that the apartments come with thoughtful amenity packages and are located in well-maintained, modern buildings.

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