Northern New Jersey Ranks Third Among America’s Top Rental Markets in Early 2024: Miami Leads the Pack, with Midwest Markets Heating Up

by Tom Lavecchia

In the ever-evolving landscape of the rental market, Northern New Jersey emerges as a formidable contender, securing the coveted third position among America’s hottest rental markets in the early months of 2024. As the real estate sector continues to navigate fluctuating trends and demand dynamics, Northern New Jersey stands out for its robust performance, reflecting a convergence of factors driving both tenant interest and investor activity. While Miami takes center stage as the reigning champion, the competition in the Midwest intensifies, signaling a broader shift in the regional dynamics of rental markets across the nation.

Against this backdrop, Northern New Jersey’s ascent to the top ranks underscores its resilience and attractiveness as a rental destination, characterized by a confluence of economic opportunities, lifestyle amenities, and urban convenience. With a strategic location within the vibrant Northeast corridor and proximity to major metropolitan hubs like New York City, Northern New Jersey offers a compelling proposition for renters seeking affordability without compromising on access to employment centers and cultural attractions. Moreover, the region’s diverse housing stock, ranging from sleek urban apartments to charming suburban residences, caters to a wide spectrum of preferences, further enhancing its appeal. As we delve deeper into the dynamics shaping America’s rental landscape, Northern New Jersey emerges as a focal point of interest, poised to capitalize on emerging trends and solidify its position as a premier destination for renters and investors alike.

In the top five spots, we witness a dynamic landscape:

1. Miami: Holding strong at number one with 14 renters per available apartment, a 36-day vacancy period, and an impressive 96.5 percent apartment occupancy. Miami also sees a notable 0.97 percent increase in new apartments, coupled with a commendable 73.4 percent lease renewal rate.

2. Milwaukee: Securing the second spot, Milwaukee boasts 9 renters per unit and a 72.3 percent lease renewal rate, accompanied by a 0.53 percent rise in the apartment stock.

3. North Jersey: A rising star, North Jersey claims the third position, sharing the same statistics as Milwaukee with 9 renters per unit and a robust 73.1 percent lease renewal rate. The market also experiences a 0.51 percent increase in apartment stock, underlining its growing appeal. While unemployment claims continue to rise.

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4. Suburban Chicago: Coming in at number four, Suburban Chicago sees 10 renters per unit, a 68.2% lease renewal rate, and a matching 0.51 percent rise in the apartment stock.

5. Grand Rapids: Wrapping up the top five, Grand Rapids presents an attractive scenario with 6 renters per unit, a remarkable 76.6 percent lease renewal rate, and a modest 0.27% rise in the apartment stock.

Now, let’s shine the spotlight on the newcomers:

– Oklahoma City, O* claims the sixth spot with 6 renters per unit, 62.6 percent leases renewed, and no new apartments introduced.

– Silicon Valley:, known for its tech prowess, makes a noteworthy entry at number 20, with 9 renters per unit, 46.5 percent leases renewed, and no new apartments added.

At a regional level, it’s fascinating to note that the Midwest dominates one-third of the nation’s top 20 hottest rental markets. However, the Northeast is not to be overlooked, boasting four entries, with North Jersey making a particularly strong showing.

The data underscores North New Jersey’s emergence as a compelling rental market, characterized by high demand, healthy renewal rates, and a growing inventory of apartments. As we navigate the evolving landscape of real estate, it’s clear that North Jersey is poised for continued growth and prosperity in the rental sector.

Some of the areas in New Jersey leading the charge are Jersey City, Hoboken while also including Newark, Lyndhurst and Orange in the recent RentCafe survey.

Stay tuned for more updates as we track the pulse of the nation’s rental markets.


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Tom is a lifelong New Jersey resident, Rutgers and FDU alumni and the publisher of The Digest.

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