The share of Americans who rent their home is at a 50-year high, and all US metropolitan areas are facing a severe shortage of affordable rental units. Though the data show this crisis exists, their ability to guide us to solutions is limited because we don’t have timely, reliable data on current rents at the neighbourhood level.
During my summer internship at the Urban Institute, I tried to document this problem and think of strategies to get better information on the rental market.
Graham MacDonald and I wrote a blog post on the problem and created an interactive data visualization so you can see the differences in estimates for how much it costs to rent a home in your neighbourhood.
Graham also wrote a great thread on our work.