Single-family rentals have been the fastest growing segment of housing over the past 10 years, outpacing apartment rentals, reports Lauren Shanesy. This rise in linear living, caused by the inability to attain homeownership for many of today's residents after the housing market crash, has been more drastic in some markets than others.

RENTCafé recently studied 30 of the nation's largest cities to determine which markets saw the most growth in single-family rentals. Overall, the number of single-family rentals in the U.S. grew by 31% (3.6 million units) from 2007 to 2016, while multifamily rentals grew by 14% (3.2 million units). Phoenix tops the list with the biggest percentage increase in single-family rentals, jumping by 77% (from 56,900 in 2007 to 100,800 in 2016), compared with only a 21% increase in the city's multifamily units. Phoenix was followed by Boston, with a 63% increase in single-family rental homes versus a 20% increase in apartments.

The third-fastest-growing city for single-family rentals was Fort Worth, Texas, with 60%, compared with a 17% increase in apartments. Rounding out the top five are Austin, Texas, and Charlotte, N.C., each with a 55% increase.

Single-family rentals are more common in suburban areas, with 70% located outside the boundaries of the largest principal city of a metropolitan area. Smaller metros have the largest share of single-family rental homes when it comes to housing type.

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