Single-Family Home Rents Up 37% Year Over Year According to Data

Single-family home rentals drive outsized rent increases across the U.S., raising asking rents by $610/mo or 37% from May 2021 to May 2022.

Single-Family Home Rent Increases Outpace Apartment Rent Increases by 5X

Single-family rentals continue to be the hottest type of rental for renters across the U.S., pushing rents to the highest levels yet. Persistently high demand and lagging supply for this asset class continue to drive prices up across the nearly 300K available single-family home rentals Dwellsy listed in May.  

  • $2,260/mo: Median asking rent in May 2022 for single-family home rentals, up 37% vs. $1,650 in May 2021 (Sample size: 298,605 available May rentals)
  • $1,650/mo: Median asking rent in May 2022 for apartment rentals, up 6.5% vs. $1,550 in May 2021 (Sample size: 295,287 available May rentals)

For the overall rental market, including both single-family rentals and apartments in Dwellsy's analysis of nearly 594,000 available rental units in May:

  • $1,995/mo: Median asking rent in May across the country
  • 3.9%: 1-month growth in rent vs. $1,920/mo in April 2022
  • 25.9%: 1-year growth in rent vs. $1,585/mo in May 2021
  • 36.4%: Median rent as a share of pre-tax median income

Some large single-family-oriented markets have seen some of the highest growth rates in rent, including the following: 

Statistical Area
Single Family Home Median Asking Rent,
May 2022
Percentage Increase 
vs. May 2021
St. Louis, MO-IL $1,848 + 93%
Kansas City, MO-KS $2,260 + 88%
Austin, TX $3,250 + 67%
Detroit, MI $1,880 + 57%
Memphis, TN $2,050 + 52%

Dwellsy provides a full list of all single-family markets with rents and market depth each month.  

Notable apartment-oriented markets have seen significant rent increases, but they tend to be dramatically smaller than those seen in single-family oriented markets:

Statistical Area
Median Asking Rent,
May 2022
Percentage Increase 
vs. May 2021
New York, NY $3,020 + 16%
Boston, MA $3,000 + 17%
San Jose, CA $2,795 + 17%
San Francisco, CA $2,795 + 14%
Miami, FL $2,700 + 35%

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Source: Dwellsy