Renters reign in two Texas citiesRenters reign in two Texas citieshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=159142017-02-24T06:00:00Z2017-02-24T18:00:00Z​​MADISON, Wis. – U.S. Census data show that of more than 400 urbanized areas in the country with a population greater than 100,000, only 21 are "renter-majority" cities. Two Texas cities rank among the top three.

​College Station-Bryan, where renters make up 59.1 percent of the population, was first. Killeen, at 56 percent, ranked third.

Also on the list were Athens-Clarke County, Ga. (57.5 percent); Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (53.9 percent); Columbus, Ga.-Ala. (53.6 percent); Gainesville, Fla. (53.5 percent); Merced, Calif. (53.3 percent); Columbia, Mo. (53.3 percent); Santa Barbara, Calif. (53.3 percent); Salinas, Calif. (53.2 percent); Lafayette, Ind. (52.9 percent); Champaign, Ill. (52.5 percent); Tallahassee, Fla. (52.4 percent); Clarksville, Tenn.-Ky. (51.9 percent); Fayetteville, N.C. (51.2 percent); San Francisco-Oakland (50.9 percent); New York-Newark (50.7 percent); Savannah, Ga. (50.4 percent); Eugene, Ore. (50.3 percent); Fargo, N.D.-Minn. (50.2 percent); and Boulder, Colo. (50 percent).

Abodo, the Wisconsin-based apartment-finding firm that compiled the list, noted some similarities between many of the cities. For example, 11 of the 21 are college towns, while four are near major military bases. In cities with such transient populations, Abodo noted, renting often makes more sense than buying.
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