Dallas Renters Move For More Affordable Units, Jobs, Better Commutes

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Interesting data from this survey of ApartmentList users. According to the brand’s latest report on renter migration, Dallas apartment dwellers cite affordability, jobs, and commute as the top three reasons for leaving the city. Likewise, the top three destinations for renters in Dallas are Denver, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

In their concerns, as it turns out, Dallas renters are not alone.

In Dallas, jobs have most people moving here, but many renters (30 percent) cited a new job as their reason to leave Dallas. Another 30 percent cited affordability as their reason for taking off from Big D. But here’s what’s interesting, as Jon Anderson pointed out to me: They are leaving relatively affordable Dallas for three far less affordable metros. Does anyone else find that perplexing? And, do these people know what a commute is like in Denver and Chicago? If they think the traffic is bad here, just wait until they spend a winter in these snowy climates.

Good luck, I say.

Also interesting: 57 percent of San Antonio renters are leaving the city for better job opportunities. That’s funny, because San Antonio is a huge growth area in the state. 

Want to read more? See the full breakdown of the survey data here.


Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

Reader Interactions


  1. Cody Farris says

    Interesting… even before reading the part about what Jon said to you, I was thinking there was a disconnect. If they think commuting or affordability are better in any of those areas, they are in for a surprise. And I think there are probably more job opportunities here.

  2. Ashley D. Stanley says

    I wonder what time of year these moves are made. Meaning, are they leaving Dallas in August for Denver or Chicago. Clearly a better move. But as you stated, do they know what those winters are like? Probably not. Something else I wonder is where are they going when they leave Big D? Does this survey take into account the suburbs of Big D? Are they leaving Dallas for Murphy, Texas?

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