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152 Cheap Apartments for rent in Washington, DC

Last updated January 21 at 6:27pm UTC
Fort Chaplin Park
4212 E Capitol St NE
Washington, DC
Updated January 21 at 2:02pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,113
2 Bedrooms
$1,326
3 Bedrooms
Ask
Tivoli Gardens
1445 Ogden St NW
Washington, DC
Updated December 28 at 10:18pm UTC
Studio
$1,325
1 Bedroom
$1,500
3030 30th St SE Unit 315
Randle Heights
Washington, DC
Updated January 21 at 11:30am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,184
1413 Ridge Pl SE Apt 3
Anacostia
Washington, DC
Updated January 21 at 11:30am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,250
4325 Halley Ter Se
Congress Heights
Washington, DC
Updated January 21 at 9:39am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,327
5611 5TH ST NW #16
16th Street Heights - Crestwood - Brightwood Park
Washington, DC
Updated January 21 at 5:24pm UTC
Studio
$1,200
3921 Kansas Avenue Northwest
Petworth
Washington, DC
Updated January 21 at 5:50pm UTC
Studio
$1,295
1 Bedroom
Ask
2024 37TH STREET SE
Hillcrest - Fairfax Village
Washington, DC
Updated January 21 at 5:24pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,298
2106 38TH STREET SE
Hillcrest - Fairfax Village
Washington, DC
Updated January 21 at 5:24pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,156
219 56th Pl Ne
Marshall Heights - Lincoln Heights
Washington, DC
Updated January 21 at 8:04am UTC
1 Bedroom
$750
3937 Pennsyvlania Ave SE
Hillcrest - Fairfax Village
Washington, DC
Updated January 21 at 4:04pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,300
903 KEARNY STREET NE
Brookland
Washington, DC
Updated January 21 at 5:25pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,300
5102 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest - English Basement
16th Street Heights - Crestwood - Brightwood Park
Washington, DC
Updated January 21 at 5:45pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,250
2400 GOOD HOPE ROAD SE
Randle Heights
Washington, DC
Updated January 21 at 5:25pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,195
5029 Just Street Northeast - 1
Deanwood
Washington, DC
Updated January 21 at 5:45pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,100

January 2019 Washington, DC Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 Washington, DC Rent Report. DC rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the DC rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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January 2019 Washington, DC Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 Washington, DC Rent Report. DC rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the DC rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

DC rent trends were flat over the past month

DC rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased moderately by 2.0% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in DC stand at $1,340 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,550 for a two-bedroom. DC's year-over-year rent growth exceeds the national average of 0.9%.

Rents rising across the DC Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of DC, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the DC metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Germantown has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 4.4%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,970, while one-bedrooms go for $1,700.
  • Over the past year, Waldorf is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 0.9%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,020, while one-bedrooms go for $1,750.
  • Frederick has the least expensive rents in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,530; rents decreased 0.2% over the past month but were up 4.4% over the past year.
  • Bethesda has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,440; rents grew 0.1% over the past month and 1.9% over the past year.

Similar cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to DC

As rents have increased slightly in DC, a few similar cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Compared to most other large cities across the country, DC is less affordable for renters.

  • DC's median two-bedroom rent of $1,550 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 2.0% increase in DC.
  • While DC's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Austin (+3.4%), New York (+2.7%), and San Francisco (+2.4%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in DC than most similar cities. For example, Philadelphia has a median 2BR rent of $1,170.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Washington, DC $1,340 $1,550 -0.1% 2.0%
Arlington $1,800 $2,070 -0.1% 4.3%
Alexandria $1,590 $1,840 0.2% 2.9%
Germantown $1,700 $1,970 0.4% 4.4%
Silver Spring $1,510 $1,740 -0.1% 0.4%
Centreville $1,610 $1,860 -0.3% 2.8%
Waldorf $1,750 $2,020 0.8% -0.9%
Frederick $1,330 $1,530 -0.2% 4.4%
Rockville $1,730 $2,000 -0.1% 3.8%
Bethesda $2,110 $2,440 0.1% 1.9%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.