Rental Woes

A huge number of renters plan to leave Dallas — here's where they're going

A huge number of renters plan to leave Dallas — where are they going?

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Sixty-nine percent of Dallas renters plan to flee the city. Photo courtesy of Dallas CVB

More than two-thirds of renters in Dallas are looking at fleeing the city, and many of them are eyeing a move to the Mile High City.

A new survey by Apartment List found that 69 percent of Dallas renters plan to settle down in another city — which is slightly more than the percentage of renters nationwide. The apartment-hunting website questioned renters in 50 major metro markets.

Of course, a lot of Dallas renters are mulling relocation to other Texas cities such as Houston, which is the No. 1 in-state destination for renters who are plotting a move. But what about out-of-state destinations? Denver is the top pick among renters surveyed by Apartment List, followed by Chicago and Washington, D.C.

What concerns are prompting Dallas renters to consider loading up a moving truck? Affordability and job opportunities tie for the biggest headache (30 percent each), followed by commute time (15 percent).

Elsewhere in Texas, the numbers are similar for Austin renters, who also have Denver in their sights and are lamenting the rising cost of living. San Antonio, however, has the highest share (45 percent) in the Apartment List survey of renters in the 50 metros who plan to stay put. Fifty-seven percent of San Antonio renters express concerns about job opportunities in the Alamo City, “but renters are happy enough with the cost of living, weather, and social scene to stay,” Apartment List says.