Home Vacancy Rate
: 2.6 percent Apartment Vacancy Rate
: 14.5 percent
The Bayou City is still booming -- its economy grew 55 percent between 2001 and 2009, according to the Commerce Department--but Texans have a way always building more apartments than the market can absorb. Houston's rental vacancy rate was as high as 17.9 percent in mid-2010.
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