States With The Highest And Lowest Rent In America


Using data from Zillow, we ranked the states from the highest rent to the lowest. New York and California topped the list.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for June 2019. It is updated monthly as new data becomes available.

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We’ve previously taken a look at the Cheapest States and Most Expensive States, and to no one’s surprise, California was the most expensive.

But that analysis was done based on the total cost of living for food, daycare, transportation, and, of course, housing.

So today we wanted to highlight what might the most important piece of data of all those listed above — housing — and, in particular, the states with the highest rent.

In one of the few analyzes we do that does not rely on Census data, our data for this particular excercise comes from Zillow which releases the most timely and accurate data available on rents across the country. We specifically looked the Rental Listings –> Median Rent List Price ($), SFR, Condo/Co-op –> State data set.

After we extracted the rental data and ranked them from highest lowest, California came in a distant second to New York.

Here’s a look at the ten states in America with the highest rent:

  1. New York (Rent | Photos)
  2. California (Rent | Photos)
  3. Massachusetts (Rent | Photos)
  4. Hawaii (Rent | Photos)
  5. Rhode Island (Rent | Photos)
  6. Washington (Rent | Photos)
  7. New Jersey (Rent | Photos)
  8. Colorado (Rent | Photos)
  9. Vermont (Rent | Photos)
  10. Florida (Rent | Photos)
What state has the highest rent in America?

According to the most recent data from Zillow, New York has the highest rent in America with a median rent of $3,200 a month.

Our take on the result is that New York data is heavily influenced by New York City’s data.

Based on our list of the most expensive states, we expected to see California in the top spot, but that didn’t happen. Instead, it flip flopped with our winner for the state with the highest rent.

Here’s a look at the ten states in America with the lowest rent:

  1. Missouri (Rent | Photos)
  2. West Virginia (Rent | Photos)
  3. Alabama (Rent | Photos)
  4. Oklahoma (Rent | Photos)
  5. Wyoming (Rent | Photos)
  6. Kansas (Rent | Photos)
  7. Ohio (Rent | Photos)
  8. South Dakota (Rent | Photos)
  9. Indiana (Rent | Photos)
  10. Iowa (Rent | Photos)
What state has the lowest rent in America?

Turns out to be a tie between Missouri and West Virginia with median rents of $1,000.

Rent is generally cheaper in the Midwestern states and the South compare to the coasts. More land and less demands means lower rent.

And for reference, the median rent in America currently sits at $1,700 according to Zillow.

Read on for a more detailed methodology and data on each state or feel free to check out some of other research:

How We Calculated The States With The Highest And Lowest Rent For June 2019

We’ve been ranking states and cities for over four years now and we always start our quests for data in the same manner — as stroll through the American Community Survey.

But, as we mentioned above, we’ve made a rate exception to that rule as there is another source we trust and that has way more timely data — Zillow.

Zillow provides monthly data on rents across America by state, select counties, and select cities. The current data runs through April 2019 even though it was released in June — there’s a bit of a lag in reporting.

That compares to the Census last release of data in November 2018 that only goes through 2017, so Zillow is way more up-to-date.

With all that in mind, we took the median rent for Rental Listings –> Median Rent List Price ($), SFR, Condo/Co-op –> State from Zillow’s data.

We then ranked each state from the highest median rent to the lowest.

The state with the most expensive rent ended up being New York.

The best deal? Missouri and West Virginia.

Continue on for a look at the top ten or scroll to the bottom for a detailed, state-by-state table. We also broke down every state’s data into specific charts and graphs.

The 10 States With The Highest Median Rent In America

1. New York

New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,798,228
Median Rent: $3,500

Detailed breakdown of rents in New York.

2. California

California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,982,847
Median Rent: $2,800

Detailed breakdown of rents in California.

3. Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,789,319
Median Rent: $2,700

Detailed breakdown of rents in Massachusetts.

4. Hawaii

Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,421,658
Median Rent: $2,350

Detailed breakdown of rents in Hawaii.

5. Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,056,138
Median Rent: $2,100

Detailed breakdown of rents in Rhode Island.

6. Washington

Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,169,967
Median Rent: $2,000

Detailed breakdown of rents in Washington.

7. New Jersey

New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,960,161
Median Rent: $2,000

Detailed breakdown of rents in New Jersey.

8. Colorado

Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,436,519
Median Rent: $1,950

Detailed breakdown of rents in Colorado.

9. Vermont

Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 624,636
Median Rent: $1,885

Detailed breakdown of rents in Vermont.

10. Florida

Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,278,447
Median Rent: $1,850

Detailed breakdown of rents in Florida.

The 10 States With The Lowest Median Rent In America

1. Missouri

Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,075,300
Median Rent: $1,000

Detailed breakdown of rents in Missouri.

2. West Virginia

West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,836,843
Median Rent: $1,000

Detailed breakdown of rents in West Virginia.

3. Alabama

Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,850,771
Median Rent: $1,095

Detailed breakdown of rents in Alabama.

4. Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,896,251
Median Rent: $1,095

Detailed breakdown of rents in Oklahoma.

5. Wyoming

Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 583,200
Median Rent: $1,100

Detailed breakdown of rents in Wyoming.

6. Kansas

Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,903,820
Median Rent: $1,100

Detailed breakdown of rents in Kansas.

7. Ohio

Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,609,756
Median Rent: $1,100

Detailed breakdown of rents in Ohio.

8. South Dakota

South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 855,444
Median Rent: $1,100

Detailed breakdown of rents in South Dakota.

9. Indiana

Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,614,418
Median Rent: $1,100

Detailed breakdown of rents in Indiana.

10. Iowa

Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,118,102
Median Rent: $1,100

Detailed breakdown of rents in Iowa.

So There Are Your States With The Highest Rents In America

With the median rent in America only $1,700, you can expect to pay almost twice that in California or New York.

If you’re thinking of trying to move to somewhere cheap, then stick to the heartland where you can expect to pay closer to $1,000.

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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