Time to Rent or Buy? Depends Where You Live
This chart shows the percentage difference between the average monthly rent and mortgage payment for a median-priced, single-family home in communities across America. For example, in San Jose, Calif., the monthly mortgage payment averages $2,600, while rent is about $1,000 less. That’s about 60 percent cheaper. But in Cleveland, it’s the opposite. The average rent is about $750 per month, while the cost of buying is $420, or about 44 percent less.