It's becoming increasingly difficult to find affordable places to rent in cities across America, as the rise in rent prices continues to increase at a much faster rate than wages. According to a recent study conducted by Clever's Real Estate Witch, from 1985 to 2020, rent prices increased 149%, while income grew just 35%. That means that rent prices have increased about four times faster than income during that time period.
Because rents are rising faster than income, many Americans are having to put a larger percentage of their hard-earned dollars toward rent. The Clever study also found that, from 1985 to 2020, the median U.S. rent-to-income ratio nearly doubled, from 9% to 17%.
Of course, the percent of income the average earner will put toward rent varies greatly from city to city, with some cities remaining affordable for the average earner, and others falling out of reach.
Here's a look at the six cities out of the 50 largest metro areas where the rent-to-income ratio is on par with or less than the national average of 17% -- and five where it has exceeded the recommended 30%.
Cities Where Rent Is Affordable for the Average Income Earner
There are four metro areas where the rent-to-income ratio is lower than the national median of 17%, and two cities where it is just about the median.
6. Kansas City, Missouri
Median rent: $978
Median income: $69,240
Rent-to-income ratio: 16.95%
5. Raleigh, North Carolina
4. San Antonio
2. Oklahoma City
1. St. Louis
Cities Where Rent Is Not Affordable for the Average Income Earner
A good financial rule of thumb is to not spend more than 30% of your income on rent. Unfortunately, in five of the 50 largest U.S. cities, median income earners need to spend more than that to afford the average rental.
Here's a look at the cities with the least affordable rent for the average income earner.
5. Los Angeles
4. San Jose, California
2. San Diego
1. San Francisco
This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: US Cities Where Rent Is (and Isn’t) Affordable for the Average Income Earner