Wealthy Americans Renting Homes Instead of Buying
A study by the apartment search website RentCafe finds that more wealthy Americans are choosing to rent living spaces instead of buying them.
The study's writer, Alexandra Ciuntu, collected information from the U.S. Census Bureau. She found that the number of U.S. households earning at least $150,000 a year that chose to rent increased 175 percent between 2007 and 2017.
This new kind of renter goes against the idea that Americans rent mostly because they do not have enough money to buy a home.
Ciuntu told VOA by email, "Lifestyle plays an important part in their decision to rent."
Business and technology centers like San Francisco, California, and Seattle, Washington, have the highest numbers of wealthy renters.
In San Francisco, the number of renters grew from 21,000 in 2007 to 71,400 in 2017. That is an increase of 240 percent. The number of wealthy buyers increased by 56 percent -- from 40,100 in 2007 to 62,400 in 2017.
Ciuntu says that, with the rise in housing prices, it seems like a better decision to rent than to buy.
She added, "In San Francisco, for example, $200,000 buys you just 260 square feet [24 square meters]. It's understandable why top earners give renting a serious try before deciding whether to invest in a property or not."
In San Francisco and New York City, wealthy renters outnumber wealthy buyers. There are more high-earning renters — about 250,000 — in New York City than anywhere else in the country.
But Ciuntu notes that the interest in renting does not mean wealthy Americans are rejecting homeownership. Between 2007 and 2017, Seattle gained 13,400 more wealthy home owners than it did high-income renters. Cities like Chicago and Denver also saw thousands more wealthy homeowners move in than wealthy renters during that 10-year period.
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1.instead of 代替
Why don't you play football instead of just looking on?
2.at least 至少
He's been away for at least a week.
3.goes against 违反；不利于
The prime minister will resign if the vote goes against him.
4.housing prices 房价
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5.It's understandable why top earners give renting a serious try before deciding whether to invest in a property or not."
give a try 尝试
No big talk, if you think you can do it, give it a try.
I almost can't wait to give it a try.
6.Ciuntu told VOA by email, "Lifestyle plays an important part in their decision to rent."
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Sheer chance quite often plays an important part in sparking off an idea.
Study plays an important part in one's life.
该研究的作者亚历山德拉·席翁图（Alexandra Ciuntu）从美国人口普查局收集了信息 。她发现，2007年到2017年间，选择租房的年收入至少15万美元的美国家庭比例提高了175% 。
在旧金山，租房人数从2007年的2.1万升至2017年的7.14万，增长了240% 。而富人买房人数从2007年的4.01万升至2017年的6.24万，增长了56% 。
她补充说：“以旧金山为例，20万美元只能买下260平方英尺（24平米）的面积 。不难理解为何高收入群体决定是否购置房产时会认真地考虑租房 。”
在旧金山和纽约，富人租房人数超过了购房人数 。纽约的高收入租户约25万人，超过了美国的其它任何地方 。
但是席翁图指出，偏好租房并不代表美国富人拒绝购房 。在2007年到2017年间，西雅图高收入群体购房者比租房者多1.34万人 。这10年期间，芝加哥和丹佛等市的富人购房也比租房多数千人 。