San Francisco may be the priciest U.S. city for renters, but apartment dwellers in New York and Los Angeles pay an even bigger share of their paychecks—more than half—to the landlord each month.
Renters in St Louis, meanwhile, spend less than a quarter of their paychecks on housing, according to the latest data from real estate website Trulia.
And most renters in the priciest cities shell out an even bigger share of their paychecks, as rent hikes continue to outpace salary increases. Last year, renters saw the biggest hits in Denver (up 14 percent), Oakland (12 percent), San Francisco (11 percent) and New York (9 percent).
The increase in rents are being fueled, in part, by strong demand for apartments thanks to a stronger job market that is helping millennials stranded by the Great Recession in their parents' basements move out on their own, according to Trulia Chief Economist Jed Kolko.
"But apartment construction has been booming for the past couple of years," he said. "That will continue to bring new rentals onto the market in 2015 and could cool down those rent increases."