Numerous articles have noted a sharp rise in the price of renting an apartment or house across the U.S. Many have also argued that the rise in rents disproportionately affects lower and middle class renters.
I know in my own situation, my rent increased 9% in 2013 and 10% in 2014. Did our incomes increase by as much? I wish.
Houseofdebt.org decided to take look by examining the great data available on rents from Zillow.
The chart shows general inflation (measured with PCE headline inflation) versus the increase in rents. Both series are indexed to be 100 as of November 2010 (the first month the Zillow data are available).
The pattern is…