WASHINGTON (AP) — Home rental prices are climbing across much of the United States — with the biggest gains coming not from New York or San Francisco but Jackson, Miss., and Portland, Me.
Real estate data firm Zillow said Tuesday that prices nationally climbed a seasonally adjusted 4.3% in May from a year ago. Rents still are rising at double-digit rates in Denver, San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., with their job opportunities drawing new residents at a faster pace than construction can match.
But two smaller cities led the gains in May. Houses in the Mississippi capital of Jackson are renting monthly for $1,169, a 22.7% yearly increase. On the northeastern end of the United States, rental prices in Portland, Me., have shot up 17.4%.
The steadily rising costs of renting houses and apartments are creating new financial pressures for many Americans. Rental prices have grown at roughly double the rate of wages, forcing more Americans to limit their spending elsewhere or cutting into their savings.