New York City saw a nearly 21% increase in average rents from 2021.

Researchers at Apartment Guide published a list of the US cities with the most expensive rents.
Assuming renters pay under 30% of their income for housing, the list also includes the salaries needed to afford those rents. 
New York City topped the list, with Boston and west coast cities rounding out the rest of the top 10. 

The rental market is finally cooling down after a recent 20-month surge that happened in response to fading buyer demand, but prices remain out of reach for many in the US’ most expensive cities. 

That’s according to a recent study by Apartment Guide, a rental search website. The researchers, who used Apartment Guide’s data as well as US Census Bureau population estimates, found that you’d need to earn at least twice as much as most Americans if you want to rent an average-priced apartment in the most expensive U.S. cities. That’s based on the commonly referenced “30% rule,” or the maximum percentage of one’s income they should spend on housing. 

Until July, rents were skyrocketing — in July, the median apartment rent in the US climbed to 39% from 2021, about $1,770 for a one-bedroom unit, according to For Americans earning the national median income of $67,521 a year, that works out to more than 30% of their pre-tax pay, Insider’s Alcynna Lloyd reported. And that’s as inflation woes continue to increase other cost of living pressures for Americans. 

Rents did fall 0.1% in August, with prices falling in 27 of the US’ 40 largest metropolitan areas, according to They’re still up 7.1% from the year before, however. 

New York City and Boston top Apartment Guide’s list of the most expensive markets for renters, with New York being the only one to clear the $200,000 mark for salary needed with the 30% rule — the average person needs to make $254,040 to afford a $6,351 monthly rent, the researchers said. New York was also the only city to clear the $5,000 mark for a month’s rent, though the analysis was an average of all units, including ones with multiple bedrooms. The city saw a nearly 21% increase in average rents from the year before, an increase of more than $1,000 per month. 

The west coast dominated the rest of the top 10, with Oakland, Los Angeles, …read more

Source:: Business Insider


The 20 most expensive US cities for renters and how much money you need to make to afford to live there

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