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.
Check out the full report here.
Stefanie is a New York–based writer and editor. She has served on the editorial staffs of Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor company, before setting out on her own as a freelancer. Her beats include architecture, design, art, travel, science, and history, and her words have appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Popular Science, Mental Floss, Galerie, Jetsetter, and History.com, among others. In another life, she'd be a real estate broker since she loves searching for apartments and homes.