Ah, rent. The bane of every non-homeowner's existence. Major cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago are seeing extremely high rents — San Francisco is the pinnacle of absurd rental prices, with the average one-bedroom apartment costing an insane $3,800 per month.
So it's no surprise that renters are starting to leave these metropolises in favor of second- and third-tier cities across the country, where rents are much more affordable. If you're toying with the idea of moving in search of reasonable rent, real estate site Rent.com has compiled a list of urban zip codes, where the typical one-bedroom apartment rent is less than $800 a month.
We've broken down its findings by city, so you know exactly where to head!
1. Columbus, OH
In zip code 43227, the average rent is just $489 for a one-bedroom apartment. Talk about a bargain!
2. Indianapolis, IN
This Midwestern city has three super affordable zip codes: 46254, 46227, and 46229. The average rents for one-bedrooms in these areas range from $677.75 to $708.25.
3. Houston, TX
Houston's sweltering summers might be worth braving for cheap rent. In zip codes 77034, 77099, and 77095, the average one-bedroom apartment rents range from $689.12 to $782.58.
4. El Paso, TX
Prefer a drier Texan climate? Try El Paso's 79930 zip code, where the average one-bedroom rent is $715.
5. Fort Worth, TX
Home to the world's largest honky tonk, Billy Bob's, Fort Worth can be a fun — and affordable — place to live. In zip code 76133, the average one-bedroom rent is $752.50.
6. Jacksonville, FL
The biggest city in Florida in terms of population, Jacksonville is also one of the cheapest, with the average one-bedroom rent in zip code 32211 coming in at just $760.