Exploring SimplyMap Data – Median Rent

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In a previous blog entry, we highlighted the benefits of having multiple years of data available for the same variable. This allows users to identify trends over time. Keeping with the same theme, this week we’ll take a look at how the median rent has changed between 2000, 2010 and 2015.

Let’s take a quick look at the US and move on to some cities we suspect may show a marked increase.

First, create a Standard Report and navigate through the median rent variable at this path: Census Data » Housing » Rent.

Next, hover over the variable and use the Select Variable Year option to select the years 2000, 2010 and 2015. Picture below for reference.


Close out the variables panel, and the report will generate:


To see how some other cities compare in their changes over time, return to the Locations menu to add your new locations. Here’s a report showing the median rents over time for: San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Denver and San Antonio.

Key Takeaways from the Data:

  • San Francisco’s median rent is almost double the median for the United States.
  • San Antonio’s median rent is well below many other comparatively large markets.

We hope you enjoyed this week’s SimplyMap report. Stay tuned for more!

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