Cities in Texas that are Better to Buy than Rent

The Top 3

#1

Pharr, TX

Price To Rent Ratio of 11.7

#2

Beaumont, TX

Price To Rent Ratio of 12.8

#3

Missouri City, TX

Price To Rent Ratio of 12.9

Largest Increase

21.1%

Georgetown, TX

Price To Rent Ratio from 19.7 to 23.9

Largest Decrease

-10.7%

Allen, TX

Price To Rent Ratio from 20.0 to 17.8

About the Rankings

The Census Bureau has released the latest estimates from the American Community Survey for all cities in Texas with a population of 60,000 or more with sufficient data to estimate the price to rent ratio. We have crunched the numbers and the rankings are in. See the 59 places in Texas with the lowest price to rent ratio below, and the highest price to rent ratio places at the bottom of the list.

The price to rent ratio is the median home value divided by the median annual rent. At its most basic level, the ratio is a benchmark for understanding whether it is better to rent or buy in an area. When home prices rise significantly faster than the local rents, the ratio will rise - indicating a possible housing bubble where it may be better to rent. Anything under 15 indicates that it is likely more affordable to buy, and areas over 20 are likely better to rent.

The Texas price to rent ratio from the latest estimates is 17.0 and has risen 2.3% from 16.6.

This year saw several big changes. Beaumont, TX rose from #11 to #2, Missouri City, TX rose from #7 to #3, Baytown, TX rose from #6 to #4, Mesquite, TX fell from #2 to #5, and Pasadena, TX fell from #4 to #6.

Georgetown, TX saw the biggest percentage increase in price to rent ratio at 21.1%, and Allen, TX saw the largest percentage decrease at -10.7%.

The Complete List

   #1
Pharr, TX
Previously 11.1
11.7
#2
Beaumont, TX
Previously #11 at 13.3
12.8
#3
Missouri City, TX
Previously #7 at 13.0
12.9
#4
Baytown, TX
Previously #6 at 13.0
13.2
#5
Mesquite, TX
Previously #2 at 11.5
13.5
#6
Pasadena, TX
Previously #4 at 12.6
13.6
#7
Wichita Falls, TX
Previously #10 at 13.3
13.7
#8
Waco, TX
Previously #17 at 14.5
14.0
#9
Abilene, TX
Previously #5 at 12.9
14.2
#10
Atascocita, TX
Previously #3 at 11.9
14.4
#11
Corpus Christi, TX
Previously #13 at 13.7
14.4
#12
Killeen, TX
Previously #15 at 14.2
14.4
#13
Brownsville, TX
Previously #14 at 13.8
14.9
#14
El Paso, TX
Previously #22 at 15.4
14.9
#15
Harlingen, TX
Previously #8 at 13.1
15.1
#16
Temple, TX
Previously #27 at 15.8
15.1
#17
Bryan, TX
Previously #36 at 16.5
15.3
#18
Grand Prairie, TX
Previously #19 at 14.7
15.5
#19
Garland, TX
Previously #9 at 13.1
15.6
#20
San Antonio, TX
Previously #16 at 14.4
15.7
#21
Edinburg, TX
Previously #25 at 15.6
15.8
#22
Mission, TX
Previously #18 at 14.6
15.9
#23
San Angelo, TX
Previously #32 at 16.3
15.9
#24
Amarillo, TX
Previously #31 at 16.3
16.1
#25
Victoria, TX
Previously #12 at 13.7
16.1
#26
Lubbock, TX
Previously #21 at 15.3
16.2
#27
Irving, TX
Previously #20 at 15.1
16.3
#28
Arlington, TX
Previously #33 at 16.3
16.5
#29
Fort Worth, TX
Previously #28 at 15.8
16.6
#30
Houston, TX
Previously #34 at 16.4
16.7
#31
Tyler, TX
Previously #42 at 17.8
16.8
#32
North Richland Hills, TX
Previously #43 at 17.8
16.8
#33
Odessa, TX
Previously #26 at 15.6
16.8
#34
Mansfield, TX
Previously #38 at 16.8
16.9
#35
Lewisville, TX
Previously #37 at 16.6
16.9
#36
McAllen, TX
Previously #29 at 16.0
17.0
#37
Longview, TX
Previously #24 at 15.5
17.2
#38
League City, TX
Previously #40 at 17.2
17.4
#39
Pearland, TX
Previously #41 at 17.3
17.5
#40
Laredo, TX
Previously #23 at 15.5
17.5
#41
Allen, TX
Previously #54 at 20.0
17.8
#42
Midland, TX
Previously #45 at 17.9
18.0
#43
Dallas, TX
Previously #30 at 16.3
18.4
#44
Conroe, TX
Previously #35 at 16.4
18.5
#45
Sugar Land, TX
Previously #47 at 18.5
18.9
#46
Carrollton, TX
Previously #44 at 17.9
19.1
#47
Richardson, TX
Previously #46 at 18.1
19.1
#48
New Braunfels, TX
Previously #39 at 17.2
19.1
#49
The Woodlands, TX
Previously #53 at 19.8
19.6
#50
Flower Mound, TX
Previously #51 at 19.2
19.6
#51
Round Rock, TX
Previously #50 at 19.1
20.6
#52
Denton, TX
Previously #48 at 18.7
21.1
#53
McKinney, TX
Previously #55 at 20.5
21.2
#54
Cedar Park, TX
Previously #49 at 19.1
22.1
#55
Plano, TX
Previously #56 at 21.1
22.3
#56
Georgetown, TX
Previously #52 at 19.7
23.9
   #57
Austin, TX
Previously 24.7
24.9
#58
College Station, TX
Previously #59 at 26.1
25.4
#59
Frisco, TX
Previously #58 at 25.1
27.0


Data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 1-year estimates for 2017.

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