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July 1, 2022

The Geographic and Sociodemographic Transformation of Multifamily Rental Housing in the Texas Triangle.

Walter, Rebecca J.; Caine, Ian. (2019). The Geographic And Sociodemographic Transformation Of Multifamily Rental Housing In The Texas Triangle. Housing Studies, 34(5), 804 – 826.

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This study catalogues the location, clustering and sociodemographic distribution of the development of multifamily rental housing over the last five decades in the Texas Triangle, one of the fastest growing megaregions in the United States. The research reveals prior to the 1970s, apartments clustered in downtown areas; throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the development of apartments expanded to the suburbs and along major interstates; and in the 2000s, apartment growth continued in the peripheral areas while returning downtown. During this time period, apartments were developed most often in majority white, high-income and low-poverty neighbourhoods. These geographic and sociodemographic characteristics challenge widespread conceptions that equate multifamily rental housing with central city locations and low-income populations. The findings suggest that multifamily rental housing offers a powerful tool to increase residential density in downtown and suburban locations, while also accommodating a sociodemographically diverse population.


Sociodemographic Factors; Rental Housing; Neighborhoods; Home Ownership; Housing Development; Apartments; Locational Patterns; Multifamily Rental Housing; Sociodemographics; Suburban Infill; Texas Triangle; City Centres; Central Business Districts; Housing; Poverty; Suburban Areas; Residential Density; Suburbs; Transformation; Catalogues; Density; Clustering; Income; Multiple Dwellings; Low Income Groups; Rentals; Catalogs; Texas; United States--us