According to Attom, US home prices are growing faster than rents in nearly 90 percent of the nation; but prices are still more affordable in almost 60 percent of U.S. markets; Renting remains more financially viable in most-populous urban areas.
If we look at Attom’s map of affordability, you can see that in western states, it is more affordable to rent. And in megalopolis (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC). And Miami. But elsewhere in the eastern states, it is more affordable to buy than to rent.
Of course, any where I live like Phoenix, Fairfax VA, Chicago IL, and Columbus OH it is more affordable to rent than to own.
You will notice that the areas where buying is more affordable than renting tend to be smaller towns with slower growth, while larger cities tend to be more affordable to rent.