Telephone Rent Surveys

In 2002 HUD conducted 57 Random Digit Dialing (RDD) telephone surveys in 41 fair market rent (FMR) areas. The purpose was to estimate FMR, which is the rent standard used in its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The table below lists the survey date and the interquartile range (25th percentile, median, and 75th percentile) of the two-bedroom gross rents (including utilities) for all renters from all of the RDD surveys conducted by HUDís contractor. Seventeen of these surveys were conducted in the same FMR area (Los Angeles). These surveys exclude units less than 2 years old, public housing units, seasonal units, and units owned by relatives; assisted units are included if the respondent knows the nonsubsidized rent.

2002 Area Rent Surveys: HUD-Sponsored Random Digit Dialing Surveys
State
FMR Area
Date of Survey Two-Bedroom Gross Rents, All Renters Cases
25th Percentile
(1st Quartile)
50th Percentile
(Median)
75th Percentile
(3rd Quartile)
AL
Birmingham, AL MSA Aug-02 $453 $561 $692 360
CA
Bellflower/Paramount Jul-02 $744 $846 $960 89
CA
East Valley Jul-02 $821 $957 $1,209 58
CA
Fresno, CA MSA Jul-02 $503 $575 $665 390
CA
Glendale Jul-02 $858 $993 $1,157 79
CA
Glendora/Azusa Jul-02 $775 $870 $975 109
CA
Hollywood Jul-02 $864 $1,080 $1,498 62
CA
Long Beach Jul-02 $924 $1,150 $1,475 87
CA
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA Jul-02 $750 $910 $1,261 590
CA
Norwalk Aug-02 $775 $865 $1,046 75
CA
Pico Rivers Aug-02 $749 $887 $958 68
CA
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA PMSA Jul-02 $585 $717 $857 411
CA
Sacramento, CA PMSA Jul-02 $753 $848 $962 340
CA
Salinas, CA MSA Jul-02 $781 $942 $1,143 525
CA
San Francisco, CA PMSA Jul-02 $1,211 $1,534 $1,930 326
CA
San Pedro Jul-02 $745 $867 $1,033 92
CA
Santa Clarita/Saugus Jul-02 $861 $1,081 $1,272 131
CA
South Bay Jul-02 $1,164 $1,389 $1,700 107
CA
Torrance Jul-02 $899 $1,025 $1,246 87
CA
Venice Jul-02 $999 $1,410 $1,834 87
CA
Walnut/Diamond Bar Jul-02 $836 $948 $1,059 80
CA
West Side Jul-02 $1,069 $1,364 $1,607 90
CA
West Valley Jul-02 $982 $1,271 $1,426 73
CT
Bridgeport, CT PMSA Jul-02 $726 $855 $1,008 460
CT
Hartford, CT MSA Jul-02 $671 $791 $898 373
CT
Worcester, MA Sep-01 $611 $704 $860 370
DC
Washington, DC-MD-VA Jul-02 $840 $1,023 $1,309 275
FL
Jacksonville, FL MSA Jul-02 $580 $696 $794 267
FL
Orlando, FL Sep-01 $642 $767 $887 275
FL
Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Feb-02 $555 $689 $813 268
IA
Des Moines, IA Sep-01 $563 $631 $727 288
ID
Pocatello, ID MSA Jul-02 $461 $501 $549 308
IL
St. Louis MO-IL MSA Jul-02 $524 $616 $732 328
IN
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN Feb-02 $534 $642 $775 299
MA
Brockton, MA PMSA Jul-02 $825 $941 $1,076 414
MA
Brookline, MA Sep-01 $1,506 $1,801 $2,056 39
MA
Lawrence, MA-NH PMSA Jul-02 $758 $899 $1,034 419
MA
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA Jul-02 $828 $964 $1,111 461
MD
Baltimore, MD PMSA Mar-02 $691 $817 $975 327
MN
Rochester, MN MSA Jul-02 $618 $698 $795 244
NC
Norfolk-Virginia Beach- Newport News, VA-NC Feb-02 $595 $698 $777 336
NC
Rocky Mount, NC Jul-02 $393 $468 $562 497
NJ
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA Mar-02 $804 $950 $1,092 407
NJ
Jersey City, NJ PMSA Feb-02 $750 $888 $1,203 410
NJ
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA Jul-02 $941 $1,072 $1,253 393
NJ
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA Mar-02 $794 $913 $1,037 427
NY
Rochester, NY MSA Mar-02 $561 $669 $776 300
OK
Oklahoma City, OK MSA Jul-02 $444 $527 $623 330
OR
Eugene-Springfield, OR MSA Jul-02 $598 $672 $765 316
PA
Philadelphia, PA PMSA Jul-02 $698 $840 $1,000 337
PA
Pittsburgh, PA PMSA Jul-02 $523 $615 $725 403
PA
Scranton, PA Sep-01 $454 $525 $600 368
TX
El Paso, TX Sep-01 $456 $548 $653 318
TX
Houston, TX PMSA Feb-02 $579 $700 $843 261
VA
Richmond, VA Sep-01 $594 $708 $818 334
WA
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Feb-02 $750 $891 $1,021 276
WA
Tacoma, WA Jul-02 $622 $695 $796 338

HUD also conducted longitudinal surveys to measure the previous yearís changes in median rents for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan FMR areas in each HUD region. These rent-change factors are used in HUD programs to adjust rents for units currently under contract. The metropolitan surveys exclude metropolitan areas covered by separate Consumer Price Index surveys. The 10 regions surveyed are almost the same as the 9 census divisions, except that the Alaska-Idaho-Oregon-Washington region is treated separately from the rest of the Pacific census division.

Changes in Rents From 2000 to 2001 (Regional RDD Survey Results)
Region
2000–01 Changes (%)
   Region
2000–01 Changes (%)
New England
Southwest
   Metropolitan
3.4
   Metropolitan
3.4
   Nonmetropolitan
3.6
   Nonmetropolitan
3.8
New York/New Jersey
Great Plains
   Metropolitan
2.5
   Metropolitan
2.7
   Nonmetropolitan
2.6
   Nonmetropolitan
2.6
Mid-Atlantic
Rocky Mountains
   Metropolitan
3.2
   Metropolitan
3.8
   Nonmetropolitan
3.7
   Nonmetropolitan
4.0
Southeast
Pacific/Hawaii
   Metropolitan
2.9
   Metropolitan
6.0
   Nonmetropolitan
3.6
   Nonmetropolitan
4.6
Midwest
Northwest/Alaska
   Metropolitan
2.4
   Metropolitan
3.7
   Nonmetropolitan
2.3
   Nonmetropolitan
3.3

 

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