By Joel Anderson/GoBankingRates
August 27, 2018

It typically costs less to own a home than to rent one in most cities. So if homeownership is out of reach for you — or just doesn’t appeal to you — you can still find affordable options.

However, the potential financial benefits of renting are greatly diminished if you’re overpaying for rent. That’s why it’s important to compare the average U.S. rent to rent prices in your area. Fortunately, GOBankingRates did the research for you. The study looks at various factors in each city, including the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment, the monthly cost of basic utilities and the city’s walkability score — in addition to identifying the percentage of apartments in each city with some popular amenities.

Click through to see where it’s cheapest to rent an apartment.


Average Apartment Rent in Albuquerque, N.M.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $745
  • Basic utilities: $112.04
  • Walkability score: 43/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 51%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 41%
  • Pool: 51%
  • Fitness center: 41%
  • Pets allowed: 50%
  • Parking garage: 18%

Albuquerque is among the cheapest major cities in terms of average apartment rent, and the average rate for basic utilities is less than all but two other cities listed here. But you might be spending the money you save on basic utilities to cover transportation costs because Albuquerque ranks among the bottom half of cities for walkability. Still, Albuquerque’s low rent and otherwise affordable costs are part of why it’s one of the best places to live on a fixed income.


Average Apartment Rent in Arlington, Texas

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $950
  • Basic utilities: $160.55
  • Walkability score: 37/100

Percentage of apartments with a:

  • Dishwasher: 80%
  • Washer-dryer: 42%
  • Pool: 82%
  • Fitness center: 71%
  • Pets allowed: 79%
  • Parking garage: 38%

If you’re looking for cheap rentals, your search might take you to Arlington. Apartments are more affordable there than in the majority of other large cities on this list, making it no surprise that it’s one of the cities where it’s cheaper to rent than to own. Plus, the cost of basic utilities is slightly lower than the average cost across the 50 cities surveyed.


Average Apartment Rent in Atlanta

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,502
  • Basic utilities: $160.97
  • Walkability score: 49/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 88%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 15%
  • Pool: 39%
  • Fitness center: 81%
  • Pets allowed: 29%
  • Parking garage: 23%

Atlanta is among the 20 priciest cities if you’re looking for apartments for rent. However, it’s more walkable than about half of the cities in GOBankingRates’ study. But for that rent, you’re probably getting more than in most places. Georgia is among the top 10 states where $1,500 in rent gets you the most.


Average Apartment Rent in Austin, Texas

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,200
  • Basic utilities: $151.41
  • Walkability score: 40/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 56%
  • Washer-dryer: 39%
  • Pool: 62%
  • Fitness center: 54%
  • Pets allowed: 62%
  • Parking garage: 33%

Austin has both the highest percentage of apartments with dishwashers and with fitness centers. But that might be coming at a cost: Aside from Colorado Springs, Colo., Austin is one of the cities where cost of living is rising the fastest. So if you’re waiting to start your search for places for rent, you could just be increasing what you’ll ultimately pay.


Average Apartment Rent in Baltimore

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,425
  • Basic utilities: $163.48
  • Walkability score: 69/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 69%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 53%
  • Pool: 42%
  • Fitness center: 40%
  • Pets allowed: 68%
  • Parking garage: 17%

Among one-bedroom apartments for rent, the median monthly cost in Baltimore is higher than in more than half of the cities in the study. The cost of utilities also is higher than in most cities. But Baltimore is one of the most walkable cities in the survey. Still, anyone interested in the area has to make a decision between Baltimore and nearby Washington, D.C.


Average Apartment Rent in Baton Rouge, La.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $988.50
  • Basic utilities: $122.07
  • Walkability score: 41/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 82%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 58%
  • Pool: 69%
  • Fitness center: 45%
  • Pets allowed: 67%
  • Parking garage: 19%

Baton Rouge ranks among the best cities for amenities at your apartment, with a high percentage of apartments featuring a dishwasher, washer-dryer and pool. When it comes to the fitness center, though, Baton Rouge lags behind the norm.

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Average Apartment Rent in Boston

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $2,000
  • Basic utilities: $163.74
  • Walkability score: 81/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 37%
  • Washer-dryer: 46%
  • Pool: 20%
  • Fitness center: 29%
  • Pets allowed: 26%
  • Parking garage: 17%

If you’re looking for cheap apartments for rent, don’t look in Boston: It has the sixth-highest median rent in this study. Basic utilities for a one-bedroom apartment are also among the 10 most expensive. Boston does have the fourth-best walkability score, though, so you might be able to offset high rent and utility costs with low transportation costs. It’s part of why plenty of Boston residents are struggling with the decision about whether to rent or own in Beantown.


Average Apartment Rent in Charlotte, N.C.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,275
  • Basic utilities: $150.99
  • Walkability score: 26/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 80%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 50%
  • Pool: 78%
  • Fitness center: 71%
  • Pets allowed: 81%
  • Parking garage: 44%

The median rent in Charlotte is cheaper than the rent in about half of the cities in the study. But here, basic utilities cost more than in most large cities, and Charlotte has the lowest walkability score of these 50 cities. All told, you need to earn over $75,000 to live comfortably in Charlotte.


Average Apartment Rent in Chicago

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,595
  • Basic utilities: $117.75
  • Walkability score: 78/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 44%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 47%
  • Pool: 17%
  • Fitness center: 22%
  • Pets allowed: 29%
  • Parking garage: 17%

Chicago is the third-largest city in the study. Yet, it’s cheaper to rent an apartment here than in several other smaller cities. And, the cost of utilities is lower than in most cities included in the study.

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Average Apartment Rent in Columbus, Ohio

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $898
  • Basic otilities: $191.78
  • Walkability score: 41/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 75%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 45%
  • Pool: 64%
  • Fitness center: 46%
  • Pets allowed: 75%
  • Parking garage: 46%

The median rent in Columbus is lower than in more than half of the 50 cities in the study, part of why it’s among the 50 cheapest places to retire. Columbus ranks among the top five cities for utility costs, though, and its walkability score is among the 20 worst on our list.


Average Apartment Rent in Dallas

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,325
  • Basic utilities: $130.93
  • Walkability score: 46/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 82%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 43%
  • Pool: 84%
  • Fitness center: 75%
  • Pets allowed: 82%
  • Parking garage: 42%

Dallas ranks among the top 20 cities with the highest median rent, so you might want to enter any new lease with plans to negotiate a lower rent before you sign on.


Average Apartment Rent in Denver

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,610
  • Basic utilities: $115.10
  • Walkability score: 61/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 66%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 66%
  • Pool: 63%
  • Fitness center: 57%
  • Pets allowed: 62%
  • Parking garage: 40%

Some renters might grumble that the only thing that’s “mile-high” about Denver is the rent — the city ranks among the top 15 cities for the steepest apartment cost. And the market doesn’t improve a lot for buyers, either: Denver is one of the cities where less than half the population can afford to buy a home.

Fortunately for Denver residents, it has the fourth-lowest utilities cost in the study and is among the 20 most walkable cities.


Average Apartment Rent in Detroit

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $615
  • Basic utilities: $187.67
  • Walkability score: 55/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 53%
  • Washer-dryer: 33%
  • Pool: 45%
  • Fitness center: 29%
  • Pets allowed: 53%
  • Parking garage: 8%

Motor City is a relative paradise for those in search of a cheap apartment: Detroit is one of the cheapest places to rent in the country. But at least some of what you save in rent is likely getting spent on the very high utility costs.


Average Apartment Rent in El Paso, Texas

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $599
  • Basic utilities: $119.74
  • Walkability score: 41/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 85%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 28%
  • Pool: 77%
  • Fitness center: 37%
  • Pets allowed: 70%
  • Parking garage: 7%

El Paso has the cheapest median rent of any city in this study. Plus, the cost of utilities is below the average of $147.91 across all 50 cities. That’s all part of why El Paso is one of the best cities to retire on a budget of $1,000 a month or less.


Average Apartment Rent in Fort Worth, Texas

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,212
  • Basic utilities: $154.84
  • Walkability score: 34/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 82%
  • Washer-dryer: 38%
  • Pool: 81%
  • Fitness center: 68%
  • Pets allowed: 80%
  • Parking garage: 36%

Fort Worth is next on the list with more than double the rent of El Paso despite still being below the average of the 50 largest cities. Staying in Texas is also what you should seriously consider if you have big plans to be your own boss: It’s one of the the best states to start a small business.


Average Apartment Rent in Fresno, Calif.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $750
  • Basic utilities: $154.72
  • Walkability score: 46/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 61%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 30%
  • Pool: 61%
  • Fitness center: 30%
  • Pets allowed: 46%
  • Parking garage: 31%

Not only does Fresno have the cheapest rent of any California city in the study, it’s also among the 10 lowest in this study. And although the cost of basic utilities is higher here than in most cities listed here, that low rent still means Fresno is still one of the cities where you can realistically live on minimum wage.


Average Apartment Rent in Honolulu

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,757
  • Basic utilities: $186.93
  • Walkability score: 64/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 10%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 64%
  • Pool: 39%
  • Fitness center: 9%
  • Pets allowed: 3%
  • Parking garage: 14%

Renting an apartment in this tropical paradise is pricey: Honolulu is among the top 20 cities with the highest median rent and has the fourth-highest cost of basic utilities. That’s all part of why Honolulu is home to the most expensive ZIP code in the state.


Average Apartment Rent in Houston

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,348
  • Basic utilities: $146.21
  • Walkability score: 49/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 78%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 47%
  • Pool: 81%
  • Fitness center: 65%
  • Pets allowed: 74%
  • Parking garage: 34%

Houston’s rent for a median one-bedroom apartment is below the average for the 50 largest cities, but that’s partially because you’re getting less: The price per square foot is among the 10 highest in the study.

Still, the city is more advantageous for cutting costs than that might make it seem: It’s one of the cities where $1 million lasts the longest in retirement.


Average Apartment Rent in Indianapolis

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $779
  • Basic utilities: $158.40
  • Walkability score: 30/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 82%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 48%
  • Pool: 69%
  • Fitness center: 62%
  • Pets allowed: 80%
  • Parking garage: 44%

Indianapolis has the 9th-lowest median rent in this list, but that comes at a cost in terms of accessibility: Indianapolis is one of the least walkable cities among the 50. Still, the low costs could help you stretch a big nest egg longer, part of why Indianapolis is one of the best cities to retire rich.


Average Apartment Rent in Jacksonville, Fla.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,090
  • Basic Utilities: $165.60
  • Walkability Score: 27/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 76%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 49%
  • Pool: 79%
  • Fitness center: 65%
  • Pets allowed: 80%
  • Parking garage: 26%

The median rent in Jacksonville is cheaper than in most of the other big cities in the study. On the downside, the city has the 10th-highest utilities cost, and the city has the second-worst walkability score on our list.

That said, you might still consider buying in Jacksonville even if you’re not so sure about living there — it’s one of the best cities to own an investment property.


Average Apartment Rent in Kansas City, Mo.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $936.50
  • Basic utilities: $198.50
  • Walkability score: 34/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 67%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 46%
  • Pool: 58%
  • Fitness center: 56%
  • Pets allowed: 69%
  • Parking garage: 35%

Kansas City has one of the 10 lowest walkability scores, so you’ll likely need a car if you rent in this city. But your chances of finding an apartment with a parking garage aren’t great — only a little over a third of apartments here offer this amenity.

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Average Apartment Rent in Las Vegas

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $950
  • Basic utilities: $132.85
  • Walkability score: 41/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 78%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 69%
  • Pool: 93%
  • Fitness center: 77%
  • Pets allowed: 79%
  • Parking garage: 42%

Compared with other big cities, you don’t have to fork over big bucks for a one-bedroom apartment in Las Vegas, and you’re almost assuredly going to get one with pool access to mitigate that desert heat as some 93 percent of listings there do. One overlooked perk, though, would be the local economy: Vegas is one of the hottest cities for new businesses.


Average Apartment Rent in Long Beach, Calif.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,550
  • Basic utilities: $101.60
  • Walkability score: 70/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 29%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 50%
  • Pool: 27%
  • Fitness center: 17%
  • Pets allowed: 25%
  • Parking garage: 25%

Although the rent for a one-bedroom in Long Beach is above the national average, it’s still a relief from the prices paid in nearby Los Angeles. And there are additional perks, like the lowest average utility bill in the study and the fact that Long Beach is one of the most affordable cities for foodies.


Average Apartment Rent in Los Angeles

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,985
  • Basic utilities: $130.52
  • Walkability score: 67/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 39%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 48%
  • Pool: 39%
  • Fitness center: 28%
  • Pets allowed: 32%
  • Parking garage: 24%

Speaking of Los Angeles, the City of Angels represents the pricey neighbor to the north for Long Beach with a median rate that’s approaching $2,000 a month. You will have paid more rent by the time you’re 60 here than anywhere else in the country save for San Francisco, Long Beach’s even-pricier neighbor to the even-farther north.


Average Apartment Rent in Memphis, Tenn.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $795
  • Basic utilities: $136.72
  • Walkability score: 37/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 66%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 44%
  • Pool: 61%
  • Fitness center: 49%
  • Pets allowed: 71%
  • Parking garage: 25%

All told, rent in Memphis is very low, allowing residents to get a median one bedroom for under $800 a month; Memphis is one of just 11 cities where that’s true. It’s all part of why this is one of the cities where you can live off of $60,000 a year or less.


Average Apartment Rent in Mesa, Ariz.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $855
  • Basic utilities: $121.17
  • Walkability score: 37/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 74%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 61%
  • Pool: 84%
  • Fitness center: 60%
  • Pets allowed: 74%
  • Parking garage: 31%

Mesa is also on the cheaper side — just missing out on the sub-$800 club. But its cheaper utilities still help make Mesa one of the best cities to live on $50,000 a year or less.


Average Apartment Rent in Miami

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $2,000
  • Basic utilities: $131.78
  • Walkability score: 79/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 41%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 49%
  • Pool: 50%
  • Fitness center: 43%
  • Pets allowed: 37%
  • Parking garage: 18%

Although the cheaper cities have the sub-$800 club, there’s another group at the top of this study: the over-$2,000 group — eight cities where the median rent on a one-bedroom apartment exceeds $2,000 a month. And, as you might have guessed, Miami just makes the list.

Miami might be the most visible — and most expensive — city in the state, but it’s not the largest city in Florida.


Average Apartment Rent in Milwaukee

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $940
  • Basic utilities: $130.21
  • Walkability score: 62/100

Percentage of apartments with :

  • Dishwasher: 47%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 46%
  • Pool: 19%
  • Fitness center: 36%
  • Pets allowed: 48%
  • Parking garage: 37%

Milwaukee is renowned for its history with the brewing industry, which dates back over a century. But when you compare it with America’s other major brewing city — St. Louis, home to Budweiser — which city is better for your retirement nest egg?


Average Apartment Rent in Minneapolis

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,550
  • Basic utilities: $122.51
  • Walkability score: 69/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 69%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 41%
  • Pool: 42%
  • Fitness center: 53%
  • Pets allowed: 67%
  • Parking garage: 55%

Expect to pay more for rent in Minneapolis than in neighboring St. Paul — and in more than half of the other 50 large cities on this list. But here, relatively low utility costs help offset the high median rent.

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Average Apartment Rent in Nashville, Tenn.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,575
  • Basic utilities: $149.54
  • Walkability score: 28/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 84%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 42%
  • Pool: 77%
  • Fitness center: 67%
  • Pets allowed: 82%
  • Parking garage: 32%

Nashville pairs above-average median rent for a one-bedroom apartment with a low walking score and high utility bill. It’s all part of a situation that makes Nashville one of the worst cities to be making minimum wage.


Average Apartment Rent in New Orleans

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,250
  • Basic utilities: $188.05
  • Walkability score: 58/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 66%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 61%
  • Pool: 53%
  • Fitness center: 32%
  • Pets allowed: 55%
  • Parking garage: 9%

You’ll also have to shell out more for utilities for a one-bedroom apartment in New Orleans than in most other large cities. It has the fifth-highest utilities cost of the 50 cities in the study.

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Average Apartment Rent in New York

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $2,395
  • Basic utilities: $131.27
  • Walkability score: 89/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 38%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 34%
  • Pool: 6%
  • Fitness center: 12%
  • Pets allowed: 3%
  • Parking garage: 7%

New York might be America’s biggest city, but it only has the third-highest cost to rent a median one-bedroom apartment. And although the city is still well into the $2,000-plus club, basic utilities cost less here than in most large cities in this study, and you can avoid the high cost of car ownership in the most walkable city of the 50 studied.

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Average Apartment Rent in Oakland, Calif.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $2,225
  • Basic utilities: $124.83
  • Walkability score: 72/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 33%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 61%
  • Pool: 11%
  • Fitness center: 19%
  • Pets allowed: 15%
  • Parking garage: 24%

Oakland is one of the American cities that once had to file for bankruptcy. But with rental costs well in excess of $2,000 a month just for a median apartment, it could be the city’s residents going bankrupt next.


Average Apartment Rent in Oklahoma City

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $700
  • Basic utilities: $159.98
  • Walkability score: 33/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 66%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 40%
  • Pool: 57%
  • Fitness center: 31%
  • Pets allowed: 54%
  • Parking garage: 17%

Oklahoma City boasts the sixth-cheapest median rent in the study — into the sub-$800 club by a full $100 a month. That’s one of the main factors that help make it the best big city for renters.


Average Apartment Rent in Omaha, Neb.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $825
  • Basic utilities: $151.94
  • Walkability score: 45/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 64%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 52%
  • Pool: 44%
  • Fitness center: 44%
  • Pets allowed: 57%
  • Parking garage: 61%

Omaha is known for its famous resident: billionaire investor Warren Buffett. But you don’t have to be super rich to live in this city. Not only does it fall just shy of sub-$800 a month rent, but the cost of utilities for a one-bedroom apartment is also below average.

The drawback to renting in Omaha is that you’ll likely need a car because the city has a mediocre walkability score. Fortunately, it also has the highest percentage of apartments with a parking garage of any city in the study.

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Average Apartment Rent in Philadelphia

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,489.50
  • Basic utilities: $163.29
  • Walkability score: 79/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 55%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 46%
  • Pool: 31%
  • Fitness center: 33%
  • Pets allowed: 57%
  • Parking garage: 15%

Philadelphia’s rental costs are high, but they’re not much higher than the average across these 50 cities. On the plus side, Philadelphia has the fifth-best walkability score in the study and makes up for higher rent with generally lower costs elsewhere: It’s one of the cities where rent is high but cost of living isn’t.


Average Apartment Rent in Phoenix

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $991.50
  • Basic utilities: $163.57
  • Walkability score: 41/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 78%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 65%
  • Pool: 86%
  • Fitness center: 62%
  • Pets allowed: 79%
  • Parking garage: 34%

Arizona is one of the few states where it costs about the same to rent and own a home. In Phoenix, the median rent is cheaper than in half of the 50 big cities that GOBankingRates surveyed. Plus, more than half of the apartment buildings here come with a nice perk — or necessary respite from the intense heat, depending on who you ask: a pool.


Average Apartment Rent in Portland, Ore.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,579
  • Basic utilities: $144.01
  • Walkability score: 65/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 51%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 70%
  • Pool: 26%
  • Fitness center: 31%
  • Pets allowed: 36%
  • Parking garage: 29%

Portland has one of the higher median rents in the study. However, that’s coming with more amenities. The city has the highest percentage of apartment buildings with a washer and dryer in their units.

Even some Portland homeowners might be eying the rental market in concern, though, as Oregon is one of the states with the biggest real estate bubbles.


Average Apartment Rent in Raleigh, N.C.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,047.50
  • Basic utilities: $124.48
  • Walkability score: 30/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 81%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 58%
  • Pool: 80%
  • Fitness center: 75%
  • Pets allowed: 86%
  • Parking garage: 37%

The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Raleigh is lower than the median rent in about half of the large cities in the survey, and just barely clears $1,000 a month. And if you’re wondering just how much apartment that gets you in Raleigh, another GOBankingRates study found that $1,000 a month will land you just shy of 700 square feet.


Average Apartment Rent in Sacramento, Calif.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,353.50
  • Basic utilities: $157.77
  • Walkability score: 47/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 69%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 59%
  • Pool: 64%
  • Fitness center: 41%
  • Pets allowed: 61%
  • Parking garage: 23%

Sacramento is the seat of the state government in California, but it’s often overlooked in favor of its higher-profile neighbors to the west living in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Average Apartment Rent in San Antonio

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $928
  • Basic utilities: $125.84
  • Walkability score: 38/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 75%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 35%
  • Pool: 78%
  • Fitness center: 60%
  • Pets allowed: 70%
  • Parking garage: 32%

This city of over 1.5 million people ranks among the top 20 for lowest median rent in the study. Also, the cost of basic utilities for a one-bedroom apartment is lower here than in more than half of the cities on the list.

But there are a couple of drawbacks to renting in San Antonio. For one, it’s not a very walkable city. And, it has one of the smallest percentages of apartments with washers and dryers.

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Average Apartment Rent in San Diego

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $2,000
  • Basic utilities: $122.19
  • Walkability score: 51/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 45%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 57%
  • Pool: 49%
  • Fitness center: 35%
  • Pets allowed: 33%
  • Parking garage: 23%

San Diego is a member of the $2,000-plus club, putting it among the top eight cities for median rental costs. The high apartment cost is offset somewhat by affordable utilities and greater walkability. That adds up to San Diego being the city in California where your paycheck stretches the furthest.


Average Apartment Rent in San Francisco

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $3,400
  • Basic utilities: $106
  • Walkability score: 86/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 36%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 62%
  • Pool: 13%
  • Fitness center: 24%
  • Pets allowed: 19%
  • Parking garage: 25%

San Francisco is one of the worst places to live if you’re trying to save money. You’ll pay nearly six times as much for an apartment here as you would in El Paso — home of the lowest median rent.

On the plus side, San Francisco has the second-lowest average utility bill and second-highest walkability score.


Average Apartment Rent in San Jose, Calif.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $2,455
  • Basic utilities: $116.83
  • Walkability score: 51/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 55%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 55%
  • Pool: 62%
  • Fitness center: 53%
  • Pets allowed: 58%
  • Parking garage: 26%

Staying in California’s Silicon Valley, San Jose has the second-highest median rent on our list despite rent that’s nearly $1,000 a month less than in nearby San Francisco. But, like San Francisco, access to the cool, breezy bay climate helps keep down utility costs.

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Average Apartment Rent in Seattle

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,995
  • Basic utilities: $153.38
  • Walkability score: 73/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 48%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 68%
  • Pool: 25%
  • Fitness center: 41%
  • Pets allowed: 50%
  • Parking garage: 32%

Seattle is a pricey city to rent: Here, the average resident will spend over $2 million on rent by the time they’re 60.

Unlike the similarly expensive cities in the Bay Area, though, you’re not getting a break on your utility bill — costs in Seattle are above average.


Average Apartment Rent in Tucson, Ariz.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $612
  • Basic utilities: $214.50
  • Walkability score: 42/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 69%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 41%
  • Pool: 80%
  • Fitness center: 48%
  • Pets allowed: 68%
  • Parking garage: 12%

Tucson could arguably represent the anti-San Francisco: It’s one of the cheapest places to rent and almost $3,000 a month cheaper. Utilities are very expensive, though — more than double that of San Francisco.

All in, though, the income needed to live comfortably in Tucson is just over the median household income of $55,322.


Average Apartment Rent in Tulsa, Okla.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $599
  • Basic utilities: $165.76
  • Walkability score: 40/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 73%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 40%
  • Pool: 66%
  • Fitness center: 48%
  • Pets allowed: 67%
  • Parking garage: 23%

Tulsa might not be the outright winner in this study — tying El Paso’s median rent of $599 a month — but if you make the cost based on area the tie-breaker, it’s the clear champion. At 88 cents per square foot, it’s the cheapest in the study and 5 cents cheaper than El Paso.

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Average Apartment Rent in Virginia Beach, Va.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $1,172.50
  • Basic utilities: $221.66
  • Walkability score: 33/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 69%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 52%
  • Pool: 55%
  • Fitness center: 46%
  • Pets allowed: 69%
  • Parking garage: 17%

Although rent for a median, one-bedroom apartment in Virginia Beach is below average for the 50 largest cities in the country, its utility costs most definitely aren’t: No other city pays as much as Virginia Beach.

Despite this, Virginia Beach is the best city to live in if you’re trying to save money.


Average Apartment Rent in Washington, D.C.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $2,207
  • Basic utilities: $127.16
  • Walkability score: 77/100

Percentage of apartments with:

  • Dishwasher: 65%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 53%
  • Pool: 50%
  • Fitness center: 58%
  • Pets allowed: 60%
  • Parking garage: 34%

The most expensive city in which to rent that’s not in the Bay Area is New York, but Washington, D.C., is just behind it with residents spending over $2,200 a month for a median one-bedroom apartment.

That’s actually not too far from the $2,500 a month that Olivia Pope’s apartment on “Scandal” would probably cost in real life.


Average Apartment Rent in Wichita, Kan.

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  • Median rent for one-bedroom apartment: $625
  • Basic utilities: $162.45
  • Walkability score: 35/100

Percentage of apartments with a:

  • Dishwasher: 79%
  • Washer-dryer unit: 40%
  • Pool: 64%
  • Fitness center: 51%
  • Pets allowed: 78%
  • Parking garage: 39%

Last but not least — or rather, last and ALMOST least — Wichita is just $26 a month away from tying El Paso and Tulsa for the lowest median rent on a one-bedroom apartment as well. That’s largely in line with the low rents generally paid across the Midwest.

How Much Is an Apartment? It Depends on Where You Live

Renting in a major American city is an experience that can be vastly different depending on where you live, with the gap between the most and least expensive reaching $2,801. It might come as no surprise to many that densely populated coastal cities tend to be the priciest with cities in the Midwest tending to boast the most affordable options.

Click through to read more about the cost of renting versus owning a home in every state.

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Methodology: GOBankingRates surveyed apartment costs and features in 50 major U.S. cities. The study included the following factors for a one-bedroom apartment: (1) median rent, sourced from Zillow’s April 2018 rental index; (2) cost of basic utilities, sourced from Numbeo; (3) walkability score, sourced from Walkscore.com; (4) percentage of apartments with amenities, including dishwasher, washer-dryer unit, pool, fitness center, pet allowance and parking garage, sourced from Apartment Guide on June 29, 2018.

This article originally appeared in GoBankingRates.com.

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