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4417 Wolcott
4417 N Wolcott Ave
Chicago, IL | Far North Side
Studio
$1,095
400 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Newly renovated studio in the heart of Ravenswood features cooking gas included, updated kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, dishwasher, updated bathroom, high ceilings, spacious floor plan, amazing closet space, hardwood
1 Unit Available
1127 Oakdale
1127 W Oakdale Ave
Chicago, IL | North Side
2 Bedrooms
$1,695
900 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Unforgettable two bedroom one bathroom in the heart of Lakeview features modern kitchen, newer bathroom, huge bedrooms, great closet space, gorgeous hardwood floors throughout, high ceilings, pets welcome, laundry room in building, easy street
1 Unit Available
1948 Wilson
1948 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL | Far North Side
Studio
$850
350 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
- Freshly remodeled bathroom - Cozy living/ kitchen area - Lots of storage space - Walk in closet - Hardwood floors - No dogs No Security Deposit! Pet and Bundle Fees May Apply Call Valya 847-533-5818 ICM PROPERTIES Terms: One year lease
1 Unit Available
4425 Wolcott
4425 N Wolcott Ave
Chicago, IL | Far North Side
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
900 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Bright two bedroom one bathroom in the heart of Ravenswood! Unit features gorgeous hardwood floors throughout, updated kitchen, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, dishwasher, updated bathroom, spacious bedrooms, amazing closet space,
1 Unit Available
3941 Janssen
3941 N Janssen Ave
Chicago, IL | North Side
1 Bedroom
$1,275
700 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Fantastic one bedroom one bathroom in the heart of Lakeview! Unit features brand new kitchen, dishwasher, newly renovated bathroom, tall ceilings, spacious living area, gorgeous hardwood floors throughout, huge bedroom, awesome closet space, laundry
1 Unit Available
1946 Wilson
1946 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL | Far North Side
1 Bedroom
$1,495
590 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
- Totally rehabbed top floor apartment that gets tons of natural light! - Great kitchen with Granite & SS appliances (inc DW) - Freshly remodeled bathroom - Hardwood floors - No dogs No Security Deposit! Pet and Bundle Fees May Apply Call Valya
1 Unit Available
6930 Greenview
6930 N Greenview Ave
Chicago, IL | Far North Side
Studio
$825
400 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Fantastic rehabbed studio in the heart of East Rogers Park features heat and cooking gas included, fully rehabbed kitchen with brand new appliances and fixtures, spacious living area, great closet space, hardwood floors throughout, fully rehabbed
1 Unit Available
432 Surf
432 W Surf St
Chicago, IL | North Side
Studio
$1,050
450 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Larger studio space that gets lots of natural light - large REHABBED eat-in kitchen w/ room for small 4 top table - walk-in closet - lots of storage - Remodeled bathroom w/ fresh tilework - Hardwood floors - No dogs No Security Deposit! Pet and
1 Unit Available
7528 North Seeley Ave.
7528 North Seeley Avenue
Chicago, IL | Far North Side
2 Bedrooms
$1,700
950 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Apartment features: --Spacious 2 bedroom and --2 full bathroom --High ceilings --Hardwood flooring throughout --Large kitchen with granite counter tops --SS appliances --Dishwasher --Plenty of cabinet space --In-unit laundry --Water included Terms:
1 Unit Available
3523 Broadway
3523 North Broadway
Chicago, IL | North Side
1 Bedroom
$1,166
660 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Ad price is $1,166 and lease will read $1,295. Tenant will receive a monthly concession of $129 per month, for 10 months. Net effective rent price of $1166 is being advertised.
1 Unit Available
1648 West Cortland
1648 West Cortland Street
Chicago, IL | North Side
1 Bedroom
$1,550
700 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Recently updated 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom in Bucktown available October 1st. Amazing location near the Clybourn Metra stop, Kennedy Expressway, 606 Bloomingdale Trail, Mariano's, and next to Bucktown Pub, Cortland's Garage and Mable's Table.
1 Unit Available
6410 South Langley Ave.
6410 South Langley Avenue
Chicago, IL | South Side
2 Bedrooms
$1,275
1200 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Terms: One year lease
1 Unit Available
5060 Winchester
5060 N Winchester Ave
Chicago, IL | Far North Side
1 Bedroom
$1,435
780 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
- In unit washer dryer - Central Air - Big open living room space - Large queen+ sized bedroom - REHABBED bathroom - good closet space - large eat-in kitchen w/ dishwasher & lots of cabinet space - Hardwood floors - No dogs No Security Deposit! Pet
1 Unit Available
2523 California
2523 N California Ave
Chicago, IL | North Side
3 Bedrooms
$2,295
1300 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Steps to the Boulevard in hot Logan Square, three bedroom, one bath in a gorgeous classic Chicago graystone! Updated kitchen with breakfast bar, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances large, open living and dining rooms, hardwood floors,
1 Unit Available
3842 Bernard
3842 N Bernard St
Chicago, IL | Northwest Side
2 Bedrooms
$1,550
1100 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Tremendous two bedroom, one bathroom in Irving Park walkup features newer kitchen with dishwasher, separate formal dining room, spacious living area, newer bathroom, hardwood floors, laundry room in building, garage parking available, porch, close
1 Unit Available
3244 Clifton
3244 N Clifton Ave
Chicago, IL | North Side
1 Bedroom
$1,495
700 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Memorable one bedroom, one bathroom garden unit in Lakeview features updated kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, dishwasher, spacious living area, large bedroom, great closet space, hardwood floors, central heat and air,
1 Unit Available
4122 N. Keeler
4122 North Keeler Avenue
Chicago, IL | Northwest Side
1 Bedroom
$1,000
850 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
2nd Floor - Walk Up - Large Vintage Apartment - Big Bedroom - Kitchen w/ Separate Eat In Area - Heat Included - Old Irving Park - Great Location - Close to Everything - Laundry in Building - Storage Unit Included - Pet Friendly - People Friendly -
1 Unit Available
424 Oakdale
424 W Oakdale Ave
Chicago, IL | North Side
Studio
$1,045
360 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Comfortable studio in the heart of Lakeview features heat included, updated kitchen with breakfast bar, spacious living area, awesome closet space, hardwood flooring throughout, laundry room in building, and cats are welcome! Close to shops,
1 Unit Available
2641 Potomac
2641 W Potomac Ave
Chicago, IL | West Side
4 Bedrooms
$3,300
2900 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Rarely available newer construction duplex in Wicker Park features four bedrooms plus large den/family room, wet bar, three baths, over 2900 SF! Fully upgraded island kitchen with custom lighting, quartz countertops, contemporary cabinetry,
1 Unit Available
6012 Kenmore
6012 N Kenmore Ave
Chicago, IL | Far North Side
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,375
673 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Terrific Edgewater one bedroom, one bathroom features heat and water included, updated kitchen, hardwood floors, ceramic tiled bathroom, spacious dining area, large bright windows, queen size bedroom, great walk in closet space, cable ready,
1 Unit Available
3064 W. Cortland
3064 W Cortland St
Chicago, IL | North Side
1 Bedroom
$1,100
900 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a showing, please call Lourdes at 773-370-1989. (Please, no emails.) Logan Square / 3064 W.
1 Unit Available
3241 Kenmore
3241 N Kenmore Ave
Chicago, IL | North Side
2 Bedrooms
$1,700
1300 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Beautiful two bedroom, one bath in Lakeview walkup features heat included, large living and dining rooms, updated kitchen, dishwasher, newer bath, hardwood floors, deck, laundry, great closet space, minutes to the Belmont Red Line, too! Won't Last
1 Unit Available
3615 Paulina
3615 N Paulina St
Chicago, IL | North Side
1 Bedroom
$1,250
700 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Spacious one bedroom, one bathroom in Lakeview features updated eat-in kitchen with newer appliances, large living and dining rooms, queen size bedroom, great closet space, laundry room in building, hardwood floors, and steps to Addison Brown Line,
1 Unit Available
555 Arlington
555 W Arlington Pl
Chicago, IL | Park West
Studio
Ask
1 Bedroom
$1,695
700 sqft
Last updated September 30 at 02:29 AM
Ideal one bedroom, one bathroom in Lincoln Park features cooking gas included, updated kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, dishwasher, spacious living area, large dining area, large bedroom, great closet space, updated
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How much is rent in Chicago?
In Chicago, the median rent is $1,098 for a studio, $1,211 for a 1-bedroom, $1,335 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,475 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Chicago, check out our monthly Chicago Rent Report.
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In Chicago, the median rent is $1,098 for a studio, $1,211 for a 1-bedroom, $1,335 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,475 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Chicago, check out our monthly Chicago Rent Report.
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Median Rent in Chicago

Last updated Sep. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Chicago is $1,211, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,335.
Studio
$1,098
1 Bed
$1,211
2 Beds
$1,335
3+ Beds
$1,475

City Guide

Chicago
"Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world." (Frank Lloyd Wright)
"Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world." (Frank Lloyd Wright)

Ah, Chicago, metropolis of the Midwest! Being the third largest city in the United States, Chicago is a major nerve center for business, culture, and entertainment. Though it’s no longer just a rest stop between the east and west coasts, the Big Onion still has a whole world to offer. From urban skyscrapers and honking taxis along Lakeshore Drive, to tree-lined streets and grassy parks, there is a niche for every taste. With almost 4 million people calling the windy city their home, though, finding your own place in the chaos can seem like a daunting task.

Having trouble with Craigslist Chicago? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

The world was first introduced to the Ferris Wheel at the 1983 World Fair in Chicago. The construction astounded the public, and has been replicated consistently all over the world for well over a century. This Ferris Wheel at Chicago's Navy Pier can seat up to 240 people.

Wrigley Field has been home to the Chicago Cubs since 1916, and in that time has hosted everything from skiing events to Chicago's football team to circus elephants! While the Cubs might not be the nation's most promising baseball teams, their fans are undoubtedly loyal and their hot dogs are worth the trip alone.

Chicago is an architecture lover's dream - and with the Buckingham Fountain in the middle of Chicago's legendary Grant Park, why wouldn't it be? This gem of a landmark was designed after one of the fountains at Versailles Palace, and is one the largest fountains in the world!

Basic Tips on Chicago Living

Everyone knows you don’t put ketchup on a Chicago-style hot dog, and everyone knows that trying to travel through Wrigleyville during a Cubs game will be a mob scene. Here are a few other bits of city-specific advice for fledgling Chicagoans. Though renting stand-alone houses is definitely not unheard of here, the most common living arrangements are apartments and condominiums, the latter of which are sometimes rented out privately by their owners. The range of styles, ages and quality amongst them, however, varies depending on where you’re looking and how much you’re willing to spend. Knowing this, how on earth do you even get started?

Basic Tips on Chicago Living
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Everyone knows you don’t put ketchup on a Chicago-style hot dog, and everyone knows that trying to travel through Wrigleyville during a Cubs game will be a mob scene. Here are a few other bits of city-specific advice for fledgling Chicagoans. Though renting stand-alone houses is definitely not unheard of here, the most common living arrangements are apartments and condominiums, the latter of which are sometimes rented out privately by their owners. The range of styles, ages and quality amongst them, however, varies depending on where you’re looking and how much you’re willing to spend. Knowing this, how on earth do you even get started?

How to Find an Apartment

It’s always best to know what you want in an apartment first. What’s important to you? What’s your price range? Are you willing to sacrifice size for location? Do you want a vintage flat, a hole-in-the-wall studio, or an updated 40th floor pad with a panoramic view of Lake Michigan? One great thing about apartment hunting in Chicago is that there are multiple services that will take down all your criteria, and then drive you around the city to see multiple options, free of charge. Of course, there are always Internet listings, newspaper ads, and for many areas, a simple walk through the neighborhood to glimpse “for rent” signs will suffice.

Chicago really has no defined “rental season”. Apartments are available year-round, though if anything, there are more options and they tend to go quicker and rent higher in the spring and fall. During these seasons, you’re more likely to lose a good dwelling to another contender if you don’t act fast. Renting a place out in the middle of January may give you a price or time advantage, but moving a couch up to the fourth floor of a walk-up building when the back staircase is covered in ice may also cause you to think twice.

How to Find an Apartment
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It’s always best to know what you want in an apartment first. What’s important to you? What’s your price range? Are you willing to sacrifice size for location? Do you want a vintage flat, a hole-in-the-wall studio, or an updated 40th floor pad with a panoramic view of Lake Michigan? One great thing about apartment hunting in Chicago is that there are multiple services that will take down all your criteria, and then drive you around the city to see multiple options, free of charge. Of course, there are always Internet listings, newspaper ads, and for many areas, a simple walk through the neighborhood to glimpse “for rent” signs will suffice.

Chicago really has no defined “rental season”. Apartments are available year-round, though if anything, there are more options and they tend to go quicker and rent higher in the spring and fall. During these seasons, you’re more likely to lose a good dwelling to another contender if you don’t act fast. Renting a place out in the middle of January may give you a price or time advantage, but moving a couch up to the fourth floor of a walk-up building when the back staircase is covered in ice may also cause you to think twice.

What to Expect From A Chicago Pad

Quality and Style: As previously stated, Chicago has every type of dwelling imaginable, though different neighborhoods and price ranges will yield different results. Multi-unit high-rise buildings usually have amenities included, such as a concierge/doorman, a communal rooftop deck, a pool, or a fitness center. These types of buildings will also have more restrictions or fees for moving in and out. Older buildings with radiator heat will often have gas and heat included in the rent, which is a huge advantage in the winter months when heating prices can break $150 - $200 or more a month. Also, you’d be hard-pressed to find an apartment in the city of Chicago that requires you to pay your own water bill.

Common Logistics: A 12-month lease is standard, though occasionally a larger company will throw in financial perks for signing a longer lease. Short-term or month-to-month leases are hard to come by unless you’re subletting or renting from a private landlord. As far as security deposits go, the standard is equivalent to one month’s rent. More and more often, though, management companies are requiring a non-refundable move-in fee (usually between $150 and $300 per person) instead of a security deposit.

Your Renting Arsenal: Here is a list of common things that will be required for a rental application:

  • Photo ID for all applicants
  • It’s perfectly normal (especially with management companies) to require a $25 - $50 non-refundable credit/background check fee per applicant.
  • Expect to provide information on an application including (but not limited to) current employer information, financial information, previous landlord contact information, and personal or professional references.
  • Many larger management companies will require previous bank statements or pay stubs as proof of income
What to Expect From A Chicago Pad
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Quality and Style: As previously stated, Chicago has every type of dwelling imaginable, though different neighborhoods and price ranges will yield different results. Multi-unit high-rise buildings usually have amenities included, such as a concierge/doorman, a communal rooftop deck, a pool, or a fitness center. These types of buildings will also have more restrictions or fees for moving in and out. Older buildings with radiator heat will often have gas and heat included in the rent, which is a huge advantage in the winter months when heating prices can break $150 - $200 or more a month. Also, you’d be hard-pressed to find an apartment in the city of Chicago that requires you to pay your own water bill.

Common Logistics: A 12-month lease is standard, though occasionally a larger company will throw in financial perks for signing a longer lease. Short-term or month-to-month leases are hard to come by unless you’re subletting or renting from a private landlord. As far as security deposits go, the standard is equivalent to one month’s rent. More and more often, though, management companies are requiring a non-refundable move-in fee (usually between $150 and $300 per person) instead of a security deposit.

Your Renting Arsenal: Here is a list of common things that will be required for a rental application:

  • Photo ID for all applicants
  • It’s perfectly normal (especially with management companies) to require a $25 - $50 non-refundable credit/background check fee per applicant.
  • Expect to provide information on an application including (but not limited to) current employer information, financial information, previous landlord contact information, and personal or professional references.
  • Many larger management companies will require previous bank statements or pay stubs as proof of income
Chicago Neighborhoods

Within the city of Chicago, there are over 200 unique neighborhoods that are fluid and socially constructed, each with their own quirks and day-to-day life. On a much larger (and more general) scale, the city can be broken up into four massive sections. Consider this a “jumping off” point in finding your ‘hood. Once you decide which side of the city is best for you, look into doing some research on that area’s neighborhoods to find the best fit. A semi-official map of Chicago’s neighborhoods can be found here.

The Loop: The central hub of Chicago, dubbed “the loop” due to the circular path that the elevated trains take around it, is mainly considered a commercial area. It boasts the quintessential Chicago landmarks, including skyscrapers, museums, Grant and Millennium Parks, a theatre district, and a large shopping district. Housing in the loop tends to be sparser and located more toward the perimeter. This area is bustling during the day. Living spaces are compact high-rise condominium and apartment buildings. Generally, the further your living proximity from the loop, the lower cost, more spacious, and more “residential” your apartment will tend to be.

North side: Closer to the loop and Michigan Avenue’s “Magnificent Mile” shopping district. There are many town houses around these neighborhoods, too. As you continue north, rent drops a little and the streets become tree-lined, yet population rises considerably. The north side, as a whole, is the most densely populated section of the city, especially along the lakefront. This area has a lot of neighborhood amenities, parks, and nightlife. It boasts a pretty even number of two and three-flat buildings, vintage courtyard buildings, and high-rises of all different types, with pockets of single-family homes woven in.

South side: The south side covers a much larger land area. Some parts of the south side are quaint, residential communities, and some are rather old and historic.The neighborhoods here have more single-family homes and smaller buildings. Millions of Chicagoans still call it home.

West side: Just west of the loop has historically been an industrial zone; the famous Chicago Union Stockyards were once located here. Closer to downtown, you’ll find loft-style condominiums and old warehouses converted into restaurants and galleries, as well as one of the largest medical districts in the United States. Further out, more stand-alone houses, town homes and bungalows appear.

Chicago Neighborhoods
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Within the city of Chicago, there are over 200 unique neighborhoods that are fluid and socially constructed, each with their own quirks and day-to-day life. On a much larger (and more general) scale, the city can be broken up into four massive sections. Consider this a “jumping off” point in finding your ‘hood. Once you decide which side of the city is best for you, look into doing some research on that area’s neighborhoods to find the best fit. A semi-official map of Chicago’s neighborhoods can be found here.

The Loop: The central hub of Chicago, dubbed “the loop” due to the circular path that the elevated trains take around it, is mainly considered a commercial area. It boasts the quintessential Chicago landmarks, including skyscrapers, museums, Grant and Millennium Parks, a theatre district, and a large shopping district. Housing in the loop tends to be sparser and located more toward the perimeter. This area is bustling during the day. Living spaces are compact high-rise condominium and apartment buildings. Generally, the further your living proximity from the loop, the lower cost, more spacious, and more “residential” your apartment will tend to be.

North side: Closer to the loop and Michigan Avenue’s “Magnificent Mile” shopping district. There are many town houses around these neighborhoods, too. As you continue north, rent drops a little and the streets become tree-lined, yet population rises considerably. The north side, as a whole, is the most densely populated section of the city, especially along the lakefront. This area has a lot of neighborhood amenities, parks, and nightlife. It boasts a pretty even number of two and three-flat buildings, vintage courtyard buildings, and high-rises of all different types, with pockets of single-family homes woven in.

South side: The south side covers a much larger land area. Some parts of the south side are quaint, residential communities, and some are rather old and historic.The neighborhoods here have more single-family homes and smaller buildings. Millions of Chicagoans still call it home.

West side: Just west of the loop has historically been an industrial zone; the famous Chicago Union Stockyards were once located here. Closer to downtown, you’ll find loft-style condominiums and old warehouses converted into restaurants and galleries, as well as one of the largest medical districts in the United States. Further out, more stand-alone houses, town homes and bungalows appear.

Urban Circulation

If this city had a heartbeat, its veins would be rich with commuters. The question is really not whether you’ll be able to get around the city, but how you will get around the city. As with any metropolis, Chicago is easily walk-able, but some distances are just too far.

Public Transit: Chicago has the second largest public transportation system in the United States. Eight train lines (both elevated and underground) and over 140 bus routes operate daily all over the city; some run 24/7, others only at peak hours. For commuting further from the city limits, the regional transit authority operates 11 Metra rail lines and suburban buses that service over 200 stations in cities ranging as far as southern Wisconsin and northern Indiana.

Biking: Chicago is a big city for biking (surprisingly) year-round. Bike lanes can be spotted along many major streets. Bike paths also run along large portions of the lakefront for a more leisurely commute.

Driving: Generally one of the least desirable forms of transportation in Chicago, yet a lot of people still do it. Finding an apartment with a designated parking spot can be difficult and pricey in many areas of the city (think an extra $150 - $200 a month for a spot in a parking garage or outdoor lot), and street parking is a cutthroat battle. Don’t even get me started on driving through the city at rush hour. If you need to have a car in Chicago, be forewarned that it will probably become very expensive and frustrating very quickly.

Chicago is rich in history and culture, while still being a modern city. With this much variety, you’ll be able to find the right place for your lifestyle or budget, all within an exciting urban setting. Hopefully this guide has given you a more concrete idea of what to expect and how to get started on your search. Happy hunting!

Urban Circulation
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If this city had a heartbeat, its veins would be rich with commuters. The question is really not whether you’ll be able to get around the city, but how you will get around the city. As with any metropolis, Chicago is easily walk-able, but some distances are just too far.

Public Transit: Chicago has the second largest public transportation system in the United States. Eight train lines (both elevated and underground) and over 140 bus routes operate daily all over the city; some run 24/7, others only at peak hours. For commuting further from the city limits, the regional transit authority operates 11 Metra rail lines and suburban buses that service over 200 stations in cities ranging as far as southern Wisconsin and northern Indiana.

Biking: Chicago is a big city for biking (surprisingly) year-round. Bike lanes can be spotted along many major streets. Bike paths also run along large portions of the lakefront for a more leisurely commute.

Driving: Generally one of the least desirable forms of transportation in Chicago, yet a lot of people still do it. Finding an apartment with a designated parking spot can be difficult and pricey in many areas of the city (think an extra $150 - $200 a month for a spot in a parking garage or outdoor lot), and street parking is a cutthroat battle. Don’t even get me started on driving through the city at rush hour. If you need to have a car in Chicago, be forewarned that it will probably become very expensive and frustrating very quickly.

Chicago is rich in history and culture, while still being a modern city. With this much variety, you’ll be able to find the right place for your lifestyle or budget, all within an exciting urban setting. Hopefully this guide has given you a more concrete idea of what to expect and how to get started on your search. Happy hunting!

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Chicago
"Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world." (Frank Lloyd Wright)
"Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world." (Frank Lloyd Wright)

Ah, Chicago, metropolis of the Midwest! Being the third largest city in the United States, Chicago is a major nerve center for business, culture, and entertainment. Though it’s no longer just a rest stop between the east and west coasts, the Big Onion still has a whole world to offer. From urban skyscrapers and honking taxis along Lakeshore Drive, to tree-lined streets and grassy parks, there is a niche for every taste. With almost 4 million people calling the windy city their home, though, finding your own place in the chaos can seem like a daunting task.

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The world was first introduced to the Ferris Wheel at the 1983 World Fair in Chicago. The construction astounded the public, and has been replicated consistently all over the world for well over a century. This Ferris Wheel at Chicago's Navy Pier can seat up to 240 people.

Wrigley Field has been home to the Chicago Cubs since 1916, and in that time has hosted everything from skiing events to Chicago's football team to circus elephants! While the Cubs might not be the nation's most promising baseball teams, their fans are undoubtedly loyal and their hot dogs are worth the trip alone.

Chicago is an architecture lover's dream - and with the Buckingham Fountain in the middle of Chicago's legendary Grant Park, why wouldn't it be? This gem of a landmark was designed after one of the fountains at Versailles Palace, and is one the largest fountains in the world!

Basic Tips on Chicago Living

Everyone knows you don’t put ketchup on a Chicago-style hot dog, and everyone knows that trying to travel through Wrigleyville during a Cubs game will be a mob scene. Here are a few other bits of city-specific advice for fledgling Chicagoans. Though renting stand-alone houses is definitely not unheard of here, the most common living arrangements are apartments and condominiums, the latter of which are sometimes rented out privately by their owners. The range of styles, ages and quality amongst them, however, varies depending on where you’re looking and how much you’re willing to spend. Knowing this, how on earth do you even get started?

Basic Tips on Chicago Living
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Everyone knows you don’t put ketchup on a Chicago-style hot dog, and everyone knows that trying to travel through Wrigleyville during a Cubs game will be a mob scene. Here are a few other bits of city-specific advice for fledgling Chicagoans. Though renting stand-alone houses is definitely not unheard of here, the most common living arrangements are apartments and condominiums, the latter of which are sometimes rented out privately by their owners. The range of styles, ages and quality amongst them, however, varies depending on where you’re looking and how much you’re willing to spend. Knowing this, how on earth do you even get started?

How to Find an Apartment

It’s always best to know what you want in an apartment first. What’s important to you? What’s your price range? Are you willing to sacrifice size for location? Do you want a vintage flat, a hole-in-the-wall studio, or an updated 40th floor pad with a panoramic view of Lake Michigan? One great thing about apartment hunting in Chicago is that there are multiple services that will take down all your criteria, and then drive you around the city to see multiple options, free of charge. Of course, there are always Internet listings, newspaper ads, and for many areas, a simple walk through the neighborhood to glimpse “for rent” signs will suffice.

Chicago really has no defined “rental season”. Apartments are available year-round, though if anything, there are more options and they tend to go quicker and rent higher in the spring and fall. During these seasons, you’re more likely to lose a good dwelling to another contender if you don’t act fast. Renting a place out in the middle of January may give you a price or time advantage, but moving a couch up to the fourth floor of a walk-up building when the back staircase is covered in ice may also cause you to think twice.

How to Find an Apartment
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It’s always best to know what you want in an apartment first. What’s important to you? What’s your price range? Are you willing to sacrifice size for location? Do you want a vintage flat, a hole-in-the-wall studio, or an updated 40th floor pad with a panoramic view of Lake Michigan? One great thing about apartment hunting in Chicago is that there are multiple services that will take down all your criteria, and then drive you around the city to see multiple options, free of charge. Of course, there are always Internet listings, newspaper ads, and for many areas, a simple walk through the neighborhood to glimpse “for rent” signs will suffice.

Chicago really has no defined “rental season”. Apartments are available year-round, though if anything, there are more options and they tend to go quicker and rent higher in the spring and fall. During these seasons, you’re more likely to lose a good dwelling to another contender if you don’t act fast. Renting a place out in the middle of January may give you a price or time advantage, but moving a couch up to the fourth floor of a walk-up building when the back staircase is covered in ice may also cause you to think twice.

What to Expect From A Chicago Pad

Quality and Style: As previously stated, Chicago has every type of dwelling imaginable, though different neighborhoods and price ranges will yield different results. Multi-unit high-rise buildings usually have amenities included, such as a concierge/doorman, a communal rooftop deck, a pool, or a fitness center. These types of buildings will also have more restrictions or fees for moving in and out. Older buildings with radiator heat will often have gas and heat included in the rent, which is a huge advantage in the winter months when heating prices can break $150 - $200 or more a month. Also, you’d be hard-pressed to find an apartment in the city of Chicago that requires you to pay your own water bill.

Common Logistics: A 12-month lease is standard, though occasionally a larger company will throw in financial perks for signing a longer lease. Short-term or month-to-month leases are hard to come by unless you’re subletting or renting from a private landlord. As far as security deposits go, the standard is equivalent to one month’s rent. More and more often, though, management companies are requiring a non-refundable move-in fee (usually between $150 and $300 per person) instead of a security deposit.

Your Renting Arsenal: Here is a list of common things that will be required for a rental application:

  • Photo ID for all applicants
  • It’s perfectly normal (especially with management companies) to require a $25 - $50 non-refundable credit/background check fee per applicant.
  • Expect to provide information on an application including (but not limited to) current employer information, financial information, previous landlord contact information, and personal or professional references.
  • Many larger management companies will require previous bank statements or pay stubs as proof of income
What to Expect From A Chicago Pad
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Quality and Style: As previously stated, Chicago has every type of dwelling imaginable, though different neighborhoods and price ranges will yield different results. Multi-unit high-rise buildings usually have amenities included, such as a concierge/doorman, a communal rooftop deck, a pool, or a fitness center. These types of buildings will also have more restrictions or fees for moving in and out. Older buildings with radiator heat will often have gas and heat included in the rent, which is a huge advantage in the winter months when heating prices can break $150 - $200 or more a month. Also, you’d be hard-pressed to find an apartment in the city of Chicago that requires you to pay your own water bill.

Common Logistics: A 12-month lease is standard, though occasionally a larger company will throw in financial perks for signing a longer lease. Short-term or month-to-month leases are hard to come by unless you’re subletting or renting from a private landlord. As far as security deposits go, the standard is equivalent to one month’s rent. More and more often, though, management companies are requiring a non-refundable move-in fee (usually between $150 and $300 per person) instead of a security deposit.

Your Renting Arsenal: Here is a list of common things that will be required for a rental application:

  • Photo ID for all applicants
  • It’s perfectly normal (especially with management companies) to require a $25 - $50 non-refundable credit/background check fee per applicant.
  • Expect to provide information on an application including (but not limited to) current employer information, financial information, previous landlord contact information, and personal or professional references.
  • Many larger management companies will require previous bank statements or pay stubs as proof of income
Chicago Neighborhoods

Within the city of Chicago, there are over 200 unique neighborhoods that are fluid and socially constructed, each with their own quirks and day-to-day life. On a much larger (and more general) scale, the city can be broken up into four massive sections. Consider this a “jumping off” point in finding your ‘hood. Once you decide which side of the city is best for you, look into doing some research on that area’s neighborhoods to find the best fit. A semi-official map of Chicago’s neighborhoods can be found here.

The Loop: The central hub of Chicago, dubbed “the loop” due to the circular path that the elevated trains take around it, is mainly considered a commercial area. It boasts the quintessential Chicago landmarks, including skyscrapers, museums, Grant and Millennium Parks, a theatre district, and a large shopping district. Housing in the loop tends to be sparser and located more toward the perimeter. This area is bustling during the day. Living spaces are compact high-rise condominium and apartment buildings. Generally, the further your living proximity from the loop, the lower cost, more spacious, and more “residential” your apartment will tend to be.

North side: Closer to the loop and Michigan Avenue’s “Magnificent Mile” shopping district. There are many town houses around these neighborhoods, too. As you continue north, rent drops a little and the streets become tree-lined, yet population rises considerably. The north side, as a whole, is the most densely populated section of the city, especially along the lakefront. This area has a lot of neighborhood amenities, parks, and nightlife. It boasts a pretty even number of two and three-flat buildings, vintage courtyard buildings, and high-rises of all different types, with pockets of single-family homes woven in.

South side: The south side covers a much larger land area. Some parts of the south side are quaint, residential communities, and some are rather old and historic.The neighborhoods here have more single-family homes and smaller buildings. Millions of Chicagoans still call it home.

West side: Just west of the loop has historically been an industrial zone; the famous Chicago Union Stockyards were once located here. Closer to downtown, you’ll find loft-style condominiums and old warehouses converted into restaurants and galleries, as well as one of the largest medical districts in the United States. Further out, more stand-alone houses, town homes and bungalows appear.

Chicago Neighborhoods
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Within the city of Chicago, there are over 200 unique neighborhoods that are fluid and socially constructed, each with their own quirks and day-to-day life. On a much larger (and more general) scale, the city can be broken up into four massive sections. Consider this a “jumping off” point in finding your ‘hood. Once you decide which side of the city is best for you, look into doing some research on that area’s neighborhoods to find the best fit. A semi-official map of Chicago’s neighborhoods can be found here.

The Loop: The central hub of Chicago, dubbed “the loop” due to the circular path that the elevated trains take around it, is mainly considered a commercial area. It boasts the quintessential Chicago landmarks, including skyscrapers, museums, Grant and Millennium Parks, a theatre district, and a large shopping district. Housing in the loop tends to be sparser and located more toward the perimeter. This area is bustling during the day. Living spaces are compact high-rise condominium and apartment buildings. Generally, the further your living proximity from the loop, the lower cost, more spacious, and more “residential” your apartment will tend to be.

North side: Closer to the loop and Michigan Avenue’s “Magnificent Mile” shopping district. There are many town houses around these neighborhoods, too. As you continue north, rent drops a little and the streets become tree-lined, yet population rises considerably. The north side, as a whole, is the most densely populated section of the city, especially along the lakefront. This area has a lot of neighborhood amenities, parks, and nightlife. It boasts a pretty even number of two and three-flat buildings, vintage courtyard buildings, and high-rises of all different types, with pockets of single-family homes woven in.

South side: The south side covers a much larger land area. Some parts of the south side are quaint, residential communities, and some are rather old and historic.The neighborhoods here have more single-family homes and smaller buildings. Millions of Chicagoans still call it home.

West side: Just west of the loop has historically been an industrial zone; the famous Chicago Union Stockyards were once located here. Closer to downtown, you’ll find loft-style condominiums and old warehouses converted into restaurants and galleries, as well as one of the largest medical districts in the United States. Further out, more stand-alone houses, town homes and bungalows appear.

Urban Circulation

If this city had a heartbeat, its veins would be rich with commuters. The question is really not whether you’ll be able to get around the city, but how you will get around the city. As with any metropolis, Chicago is easily walk-able, but some distances are just too far.

Public Transit: Chicago has the second largest public transportation system in the United States. Eight train lines (both elevated and underground) and over 140 bus routes operate daily all over the city; some run 24/7, others only at peak hours. For commuting further from the city limits, the regional transit authority operates 11 Metra rail lines and suburban buses that service over 200 stations in cities ranging as far as southern Wisconsin and northern Indiana.

Biking: Chicago is a big city for biking (surprisingly) year-round. Bike lanes can be spotted along many major streets. Bike paths also run along large portions of the lakefront for a more leisurely commute.

Driving: Generally one of the least desirable forms of transportation in Chicago, yet a lot of people still do it. Finding an apartment with a designated parking spot can be difficult and pricey in many areas of the city (think an extra $150 - $200 a month for a spot in a parking garage or outdoor lot), and street parking is a cutthroat battle. Don’t even get me started on driving through the city at rush hour. If you need to have a car in Chicago, be forewarned that it will probably become very expensive and frustrating very quickly.

Chicago is rich in history and culture, while still being a modern city. With this much variety, you’ll be able to find the right place for your lifestyle or budget, all within an exciting urban setting. Hopefully this guide has given you a more concrete idea of what to expect and how to get started on your search. Happy hunting!

Urban Circulation
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If this city had a heartbeat, its veins would be rich with commuters. The question is really not whether you’ll be able to get around the city, but how you will get around the city. As with any metropolis, Chicago is easily walk-able, but some distances are just too far.

Public Transit: Chicago has the second largest public transportation system in the United States. Eight train lines (both elevated and underground) and over 140 bus routes operate daily all over the city; some run 24/7, others only at peak hours. For commuting further from the city limits, the regional transit authority operates 11 Metra rail lines and suburban buses that service over 200 stations in cities ranging as far as southern Wisconsin and northern Indiana.

Biking: Chicago is a big city for biking (surprisingly) year-round. Bike lanes can be spotted along many major streets. Bike paths also run along large portions of the lakefront for a more leisurely commute.

Driving: Generally one of the least desirable forms of transportation in Chicago, yet a lot of people still do it. Finding an apartment with a designated parking spot can be difficult and pricey in many areas of the city (think an extra $150 - $200 a month for a spot in a parking garage or outdoor lot), and street parking is a cutthroat battle. Don’t even get me started on driving through the city at rush hour. If you need to have a car in Chicago, be forewarned that it will probably become very expensive and frustrating very quickly.

Chicago is rich in history and culture, while still being a modern city. With this much variety, you’ll be able to find the right place for your lifestyle or budget, all within an exciting urban setting. Hopefully this guide has given you a more concrete idea of what to expect and how to get started on your search. Happy hunting!

Rent Report
Chicago

October 2020 Chicago Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2020 Chicago Rent Report. Chicago rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Chicago rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Chicago rents decline sharply over the past month

Chicago rents have declined 1.6% over the past month, and have decreased sharply by 4.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Chicago stand at $1,212 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,336 for a two-bedroom. This is the fifth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in April. Chicago's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -2.2%, as well as the national average of -1.4%.

    Other large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Chicago

    As rents have fallen sharply in Chicago, many similar cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most other large cities across the country, Chicago is less affordable for renters.

    • Chicago's median two-bedroom rent of $1,336 is above the national average of $1,106. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the 4.1% decline in Chicago.
    • While rents in Chicago fell sharply over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Columbus (+3.6%), Detroit (+1.6%), and St. Louis (+1.0%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Chicago than most similar cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $889, where Chicago is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

    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.

    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.

    Read More

    October 2020 Chicago Rent Report

    Welcome to the October 2020 Chicago Rent Report. Chicago rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Chicago rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

    View full Rent Report

    October 2020 Chicago Rent Report

    Welcome to the October 2020 Chicago Rent Report. Chicago rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Chicago rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

    Chicago rents decline sharply over the past month

    Chicago rents have declined 1.6% over the past month, and have decreased sharply by 4.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Chicago stand at $1,212 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,336 for a two-bedroom. This is the fifth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in April. Chicago's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -2.2%, as well as the national average of -1.4%.

      Other large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Chicago

      As rents have fallen sharply in Chicago, many similar cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most other large cities across the country, Chicago is less affordable for renters.

      • Chicago's median two-bedroom rent of $1,336 is above the national average of $1,106. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the 4.1% decline in Chicago.
      • While rents in Chicago fell sharply over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Columbus (+3.6%), Detroit (+1.6%), and St. Louis (+1.0%).
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Chicago than most similar cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $889, where Chicago is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

      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.

      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.

      Chicago Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      Here’s how Chicago ranks on:

      B-
      Overall satisfaction
      D
      Safety and crime rate
      C
      Jobs and career opportunities
      B+
      Recreational activities
      C
      Affordability
      B+
      Social Life
      C+
      Commute time
      A+
      Public transit
      C+
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Chicago’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Chicago renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love Chicago, some aspects can be better."

      Key Findings in Chicago include the following:

      • Chicago renters gave their city a B- overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Chicago were public transit and social life, which received grades of A+ and B+, respectively.
      • The areas of concern to Chicago renters are quality of local schools and state and local taxes, which both received F grades.
      • Chicago millennials are moderately satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of B-, while renters who are parents were less satisfied, giving it an F grade.
      • Chicago earned similar scores compared to other nearby cities like Milwaukee (B-) and Kansas City (B), but earned higher marks than Detroit (F) and Indianapolis (C+).
      • Chicago did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Los Angeles (C+), Columbus (C+) and Baltimore (C).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "There’s always something to do and no need to drive anywhere. There are lots of great people and tons of jobs." -Matthew H.
      • "I love all of the beautiful scenery, food, and activities whether you’re single or have a family. But the taxes and cost of living is way too high here." -Angela O.
      • "Love the events, downtown area, parks, and nightlife, but I hate the crime." -Anon.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.
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      Renter Confidence Survey

      Apartment List has released Chicago’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Chicago renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List...

      View full Chicago Renter Survey

      Here’s how Chicago ranks on:

      B-
      Overall satisfaction
      D
      Safety and crime rate
      C
      Jobs and career opportunities
      B+
      Recreational activities
      C
      Affordability
      B+
      Social Life
      C+
      Commute time
      A+
      Public transit
      C+
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Chicago’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Chicago renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love Chicago, some aspects can be better."

      Key Findings in Chicago include the following:

      • Chicago renters gave their city a B- overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Chicago were public transit and social life, which received grades of A+ and B+, respectively.
      • The areas of concern to Chicago renters are quality of local schools and state and local taxes, which both received F grades.
      • Chicago millennials are moderately satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of B-, while renters who are parents were less satisfied, giving it an F grade.
      • Chicago earned similar scores compared to other nearby cities like Milwaukee (B-) and Kansas City (B), but earned higher marks than Detroit (F) and Indianapolis (C+).
      • Chicago did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Los Angeles (C+), Columbus (C+) and Baltimore (C).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "There’s always something to do and no need to drive anywhere. There are lots of great people and tons of jobs." -Matthew H.
      • "I love all of the beautiful scenery, food, and activities whether you’re single or have a family. But the taxes and cost of living is way too high here." -Angela O.
      • "Love the events, downtown area, parks, and nightlife, but I hate the crime." -Anon.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.