Where Are The Most Popular Cities And Regions For Renters?

The most popular cities and regions for renters in June 2023 are in the Midwest and the South according to the latest report from RentCafe

This month, the Midwest is the most popular region for renters, followed by the South, according to RentCafe’s monthly June ranking based on searches on their site.

“Overall, the South claims 12 entries in our June ranking — the most out of all regions. The Midwest follows with 10 spots, including the top four. Atlanta (#7) goes on as the highest-ranking city in the South for the third consecutive month.

Most Popular Cities for Renters?

Kansas City, MO, is June’s most desired city by renters, maintaining its top spot from last month. Neighboring Overland Park, KS, comes next, followed by Minneapolis in third place. Overland Park – climbs an impressive 78 positions to the 2nd spot thanks to a ninefold year-over-year increase in apartments marked as favorites. This is a clear sign that renters are very close to signing a new lease.

“Apartment listings in these cities saw the most engagement on RentCafe.com this month due to high rates of rental properties saved to favorites, personalized searches, scarce unit availability and overall high listing views,” according to the report.

Prominent rental hubs like Manhattan and San Diego have been outperformed by smaller Midwestern and Southern cities showing more robust rental activity compared to one year ago.

activity in the 150 largest cities popular with renters

Popular Cities For Renters

Here’s the Rent Café’s snapshot to help renters stay ahead of the game this peak rental season:

  • In light of recent policies aimed at renters, Minneapolis is seeing more interest from apartment hunters and lands on the 3rd spot in June. This comes after the number of personalized searches saved by renters doubled compared to one year ago.
  • Overall, the South claims 12 entries in our June ranking — the most out of all regions. Atlanta (#7) goes on as the highest-ranking city in the South for the third consecutive month. Here, the number of apartments favorited by renters doubled year-over-year.
  • Most of this month’s new entries are Southern cities: Hialeah (#17) joins the other Florida cities (Orlando #8 and Fort Lauderdale #18) in our ranking. North Carolina tech hub Charlotte (#20) and college town Greensboro (#30) are also part of our top 30 most in-demand cities for renters for the first time.
  • Meanwhile, the Bronx is the Northeast’s highest-ranking location at #14 after climbing three spots since last month. The borough saw an impressive 46% year-over-year decline in the number of apartments available for rent, reflecting high demand from renters.
  • However, Queens (the other NYC borough in our top 30) fell to #25. Similarly, Philadelphia (the third Northeastern urban hub on our list) dropped six spots to #19. Manhattan exits our top 30 after securing the last spot in May’s ranking.

the top 30 most popular cities for renters

Read the full report here.

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