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73 1 Bedroom Apartments for rent in Naperville, IL

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807 Tappingo Street
Naperville, IL
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Naperville, IL
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City Guide

Naperville, Illinois is one of the biggest suburbs in the Chicago area. It's consistently voted as one of the best places to live in the country, and is one of the most affluent places in the Midwest. The city has seen dramatic growth in recent years, thanks to its safety, its abundance of nearby employers and its convenience to the Windy City.

Housing in Naperville

Rental rates in Naperville are a good deal higher than the national average. The city is nationally known as an ex...

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March 2018 Naperville Rent Report

Welcome to the March 2018 Naperville Rent Report. Naperville rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Naperville rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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Housing in Naperville

Rental rates in Naperville are a good deal higher than the national average. The city is nationally known as an extremely desirable place to live, and people are eager to pay whatever price they need to move here. The average one bedroom unit in Naperville rents out for $1,143 a month.

Accordingly, vacant rates here are much lower than the national average, so you'll want to plan extra time for your apartment search. There's been some new real estate development in the area to capitalize on the popularity of this city, but don't count on rental prices in Naperville to decrease any time soon.

Working in Naperville

Naperville's unemployment rate is on par with the rest of the country, and projected job growth is slightly less than the national average. That said, if you have a job in Naperville, it almost certainly pays very well. Annual household income here is double the national average, rendering it one of the most affluent places in the U.S. Half of Naperville households make a minimum of $100,000 a year.

The distribution of jobs in Naperville, however, might surprise you. Nearly 23% of the city has found its calling in sales, office and administrative support roles, which is not unsurprising. But nearly 21% work in production, transportation and material moving roles, while 12.3% report their jobs as being in the fields of construction, extraction, maintenance and repair - not careers typically associated with high incomes. What you do in Naperville matters far less than if you make enough to pay rent.

Commutes in Naperville are generally only twenty minutes or so. This is partially due to the Metra commuter train that shuttles locals into the city. But it's also a reflection of how many Naperville residents live close to their places of employment, thanks to a tech corridor that's sprung up in the west suburbs. Major employers here include Edward Hospital and Health Services; tech company Alcatel-Lucas; and Nicor, which services the region with national gas.

Things to Do in Naperville

As Naperville's grown, it's become a center of leisure activity in the region. On every warm evening, you'll find locals flocking to the Naperville Riverwalk, which is 1.75 miles of brick paths along the Dupage River. The River Walk was built in the early '80s to commemorate the city's founding, and is filled with outdoor art, memorials and other attractions. There's also plenty of boutique shopping and fine dining near the River Walk, thanks to the large amount of foot traffic it brings.

Naperville has a library system that's recognized as one of the best in the nation. It's well-used, too, with about five million items circulating annually through the city's system. The city's also home to a local independent film festival, which draws movie buffs from around the region.

Rent Report

March 2018 Naperville Rent Report

Welcome to the March 2018 Naperville Rent Report. Naperville rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Naperville rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Naperville rents declined significantly over the past month

Naperville rents have declined 0.5% over the past month, but are up moderately by 2.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Naperville stand at $1,470 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,730 for a two-bedroom. Naperville's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.0%, as well as the national average of 2.3%.

Rents rising across the Chicago Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Naperville, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Chicago 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.

  • Elgin has the least expensive rents in the Chicago metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,180; the city has also seen rents fall by 0.7% over the past month, the biggest drop in the metro.
  • Schaumburg has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,580, while one-bedrooms go for $1,350.
  • Naperville has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Chicago metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,730; rents decreased 0.5% over the past month but were up 2.9% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Naperville

As rents have increased moderately in Naperville, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Naperville is less affordable for renters.

  • Naperville's median two-bedroom rent of $1,730 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.3% over the past year compared to the 2.9% rise in Naperville.
  • While Naperville's rents rose moderately over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Baltimore (-0.3%) and DC (-0.1%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Naperville than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $890, where Naperville is nearly twice 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.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Chicago $1,070 $1,260 0.2% 0.8%
Aurora $1,110 $1,300 -0.1% 2.9%
Joliet $1,020 $1,200 -0.5% 2.4%
Naperville $1,470 $1,730 -0.5% 2.9%
Elgin $1,000 $1,180 -0.7% 1.8%
Arlington Heights $1,220 $1,430 -0.1% -1.6%
Evanston $1,270 $1,490 -0.1% 0.6%
Schaumburg $1,350 $1,580 -0.3% 3.0%
Bolingbrook $1,270 $1,490 2.3%
Palatine $1,120 $1,320 -0.0% 1.8%
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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.


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.