Over the past five years, average rents have hit record highs in almost every major U.S. metro area. Data from SpareRoom, the leading roommate matching site, suggests that in 10 years, most major U.S. metro areas could become unaffordable for the average renter if rents continue to rise at the same rate. The data also shows that Phoenix ranks No. 2 for biggest rent increase in the U.S.

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SpareRoom compared the average monthly roommate rents in key metro areas* in the past five years (Q1 2024 and Q1 2019), which revealed that in 18 of the 27 cities, rents had increased by at least a quarter. Every metro area, bar San Francisco/Bay Area, saw rents rise by double digits, with 8 seeing rents up by 40% or more over the period. In many cases, it’s cities with historically more affordable rents where the biggest shifts are happening. Riverside (51%) and Phoenix (48%) saw the largest increases of all major US metro areas.

The 10 biggest rent increases

1. Riverside – 51%
2. Phoenix – 48%
3. Las Vegas – 43%
4. Tampa – 42%
5. San Diego – 41%
6. Miami – 40%
7. Charlotte – 40%
8. Virginia Beach – 40%
9. Philadelphia – 39%
10. Orlando – 38%

To see the full list of key metro areas and rent increases, visit https://www.spareroom.com/content/info-statistics/unaffordable-rent

“Roommate rents are a great indicator of how renters in general are coping, as they’re usually the most affordable living situation available to people,” said Matt Hutchinson, spokesperson for SpareRoom. “That means if rents are rising fast for roommates, people are struggling at the lower end of the housing spectrum, which can only filter upwards.”

The situation is already dire. A 2023 SpareRoom survey of 1,175 U.S. renters revealed that 98% said they were concerned about the current state of the rental market, with high rents being their biggest concern (86%). 90% said that the housing available was out of their budget and a third said they’d already turned down a job offer to avoid having to move (32%).