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1 Apartments under 500 for rent in Shawnee, KS

Last updated January 16 at 10:05am UTC
Results within 10 miles of Shawnee, KS
701 N. 6th St
Kansas City, KS
Updated January 16 at 10:05am UTC
1 Bedroom

January 2019 Shawnee Rent Report

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

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Rent Report

January 2019 Shawnee Rent Report

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

Shawnee rents increase sharply over the past month

Shawnee rents have increased 2.0% over the past month, and have increased significantly by 5.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Shawnee stand at $840 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,030 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in October. Shawnee's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.2%, as well as the national average of 0.9%.

Rents rising across cities in the Kansas City Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Shawnee, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Shawnee metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Kansas as a whole logged rent growth of 1.2% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Looking throughout the metro, Overland Park is the most expensive of all Shawnee metro's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,200; of the 10 largest cities in the metro that we have data for, Blue Springs, where a two-bedroom goes for $1,100, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-1.2%).
  • Shawnee, Overland Park, and Topeka have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (5.6%, 3.4%, and 2.0%, respectively).

Shawnee rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased significantly in Shawnee, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly. Shawnee is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Shawnee's median two-bedroom rent of $1,030 is below the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 5.6% increase in Shawnee.
  • While Shawnee's rents rose significantly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.3%), New York (+2.7%), and Denver (+2.5%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Shawnee than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,090, which is nearly three times the price in Shawnee.

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
Kansas City $740 $910 0.3% 0.8%
Overland Park $980 $1,200 1.6% 3.4%
Kansas City $720 $890 -0.8% 1.6%
Olathe $930 $1,150 0.3% 1.5%
Independence $730 $890 0.2% 0.7%
Shawnee $840 $1,030 2.0% 5.6%
Blue Springs $900 $1,100 -1.5% -1.2%
Lenexa $940 $1,150 -0.4% 0.7%
Grandview $690 $840 3.6% 2.5%

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.