Trulia reports: Is the American Dream dead in Chicago?

The percentage of renters in the 50 largest U.S. metros rose from 36.1 percent in 2006 to 41.1 percent in 2014

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Trulia recently reported the shift in homeowners to renters, a phenomenon that has shifted the real estate market substantially since the housing market crash. According to American Community Survey data, between 2006 and 2014, the amount of renters increased 5 percent to 43.3 percent.

Among those that were significantly impacted, older millennials, Hispanic households and the upper-middle class and wealthy most prominently shifted from being owners to renters.


Each metro has a different shift in renters. In Chicago, a reported 38 percent of its population were renters in 2014, which was a 4.9 percent increase over 2006.

Rents have substantially increased in Chicago, but that didn’t stop renters. The median rent in 2006 was $830 and in 2014 it was $990. That makes for a 19.3 percent change in rental prices.

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