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126 Apartments for rent in Columbia, MD

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Hickory Ridge
Kings Contrivance
Long Reach
Oakland Mills
Harpers Choice
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Last updated August 25 at 06:11pm
Downtown Columbia
35 Units Available
The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia
10000 Town Center Avenue, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,700
823 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,288
1132 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia is Silver LEED Certified and its interiors are as modern as you expect in an urban home. Wood-style flooring with updated kitchens.
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Last updated August 25 at 06:11pm
Hickory Ridge
12 Units Available
Bell Columbia
12020 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,595
876 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,765
1129 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Just seven miles west of I-95. Newly renovated luxury units have energy efficient appliance packages, storage space, walk-in closets, and fireplace. Property offers a clubhouse, courtyard, 24-hour gym, and pool. Pet friendly.
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Last updated August 25 at 06:11pm
Oakland Mills
24 Units Available
Columbia Pointe Apartment Homes
5764 Stevens Forest Rd, Columbia, MD
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,295
756 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,515
1040 sqft
Recently renovated units with an elegant kitchen including all appliances and in-unit laundry. Patio or balcony. Swimming pool, playground, 24-hour gym, 24-hour maintenance, parking and elevator. Pet friendly.
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Last updated August 25 at 03:42pm
Downtown Columbia
1 Unit Available
Lakehouse
10201 Wincopin Cir, Columbia, MD
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,415
957 sqft
These pet-friendly apartments include on-site laundry, granite counters and carpet flooring, along with several other features and amenities. The housing complex is also located near U.S. Route 29.
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Last updated August 25 at 03:42pm
Downtown Columbia
16 Units Available
The Gramercy
10601 Gramercy Pl, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,680
839 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,863
1054 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,433
1401 sqft
Located across the street from the Mall in Columbia. Residence offers seven different floor plans, ranging from one- to three-bedroom apartments. Some units have lofts and nine-foot ceilings. All include air conditioning and in-unit laundry.
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Last updated August 25 at 06:11pm
Kings Contrivance
11 Units Available
Hamilton at Kings Place
7525 Murray Hill Rd, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,395
813 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,705
1017 sqft
Conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington, DC, this apartment community features a dog park, fitness trails and a grilling area. The garden-style homes boast upgraded kitchens, intrusion alarms and closets with built-in organizers.
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Last updated August 25 at 06:11pm
Kings Contrivance
16 Units Available
The Madison at Eden Brook
7310 Eden Brook Dr, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,383
759 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,615
1017 sqft
Convenient to Columbia between Washington and Baltimore, this apartment home community boasts a 24-hour gym, a pool and fitness trails. Interior features include intrusion alarms, wood-burning fireplaces and in-home laundry.
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Last updated August 25 at 06:11pm
Downtown Columbia
43 Units Available
Columbia Town Center
10360 Swift Stream Pl, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,495
833 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,755
1052 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,245
1403 sqft
The Symphony Woods park and The Mall in Columbia are both just minutes from this property. The green community offers a clubhouse and 24-hour gym for residents to enjoy. Units feature stainless steel appliances.
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Last updated August 25 at 01:53pm
Long Reach
8 Units Available
The Timbers at Long Reach Apartment Homes
8782 Cloudleap Ct, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,347
851 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,294
1036 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Close to Rouse Parkway. Patio or balcony overlooking a beautifully landscaped courtyard. Units include all appliances, granite countertops and laundry facilities. Community amenities include a playground, volleyball court, BBQ area and dog park.
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Last updated August 25 at 01:53pm
Owen Brown
8 Units Available
Chimneys of Cradlerock
6531 Quiet Hours, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,239
821 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$1,656
1279 sqft
Apartments feature a private patio or balcony, all appliances, air conditioning and in-unit laundry, plus on-site laundry facilities. Wheelchair accessible, carport, BBQ area, playground, courtyard and coffee bar. Dogs and cats allowed.
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Last updated August 25 at 12:41pm
Kings Contrivance
5 Units Available
Beech's Farm
7260 Eden Brook Dr, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,796
838 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,829
1036 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Nestled in a lush wooded setting, Beech's Farm provides residents with a peaceful and luxurious living experience in the heart of Columbia, MD.
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Last updated August 25 at 12:16pm
Harpers Choice
6 Units Available
Harpers Forest
5980 Turnabout Ln, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,379
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,529
825 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Pet-friendly complex with on-site laundry, playground, 24-hour maintenance, and ample parking. Air-conditioned units boast energy-efficient appliances and wall-to-wall carpeting. Close to Highway 29, I-70, and I-95.
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Last updated August 25 at 11:54am
Hickory Ridge
15 Units Available
eaves Columbia Town Center
10300 Hickory Ridge Rd, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,375
865 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,795
1192 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,015
1582 sqft
Adjacent to Symphony Woods and near Route 29 in Columbia. Units have real wood cabinets, in-unit laundry and air conditioning. Plenty of parking and pets are allowed.
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Last updated August 25 at 11:54am
Fairway Hills
10 Units Available
Avalon at Fairway Hills
5441 Columbia Rd, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,484
849 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,735
1120 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,970
1344 sqft
Located a short drive from Route 29 and on the edge of the Fairway Hills Golf Course. Apartments have a fireplace, dishwasher and private laundry facilities. Community includes racquetball court, pool and tennis court.
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Last updated August 25 at 12:40pm
Long Reach
9 Units Available
The Elms at Kendall Ridge
8399 Tamar Dr, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,679
750 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,674
1020 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,116
1250 sqft
This stunning community sits in a tree-lined street area near shopping and dining. On-site amenities include a resort-style pool and lighted tennis court. Updated interiors feature lots of functional space and a patio or balcony.
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Last updated August 25 at 01:34pm
Harpers Choice
14 Units Available
Cedar Place
5458 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,324
815 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,540
1056 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Recently renovated apartments with extra storage and private laundry. Community has a dog park and sparkling pool. Just minutes from Harper's Choice and the local skate park.
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Last updated August 25 at 06:05pm
Kings Contrivance
22 Units Available
Alister Columbia
8909 Early April Way, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,498
784 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,776
939 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,156
1100 sqft
Luxury features abound: recently renovated with quartz counters, unique wood flooring, elegant lighting and cozy fireplaces. Minutes from I-95 and exclusive resident access to 24-hour gym, refreshing pool, clubhouse and car wash.
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Last updated August 25 at 01:00pm
Wilde Lake
10 Units Available
Vista Wilde Lake
5421 Lynx Ln, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,180
1166 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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1-3 bedroom luxury apartments with open kitchens, granite counters, walk-in closets, in-unit laundry and private patio/balcony. Pet-friendly community with pool, bbq/grill area, car charging and fitness center. Wilde Lake near US-29 and Howard Community College.
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Last updated August 25 at 01:02pm
Fairway Hills
14 Units Available
Alister Town Center
5331 Columbia Rd, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,498
787 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,566
989 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,016
1107 sqft
The Mall in Columbia and Town Center Village are easily accessible from this property. Residents can play a round at Fairway Hills Golf Course. Units have fireplaces and walk-in closets. Onsite clubhouse and gym provided.
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Last updated August 25 at 12:38pm
Wilde Lake
10 Units Available
The Brook at Columbia
5361 Brook Way, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,468
725 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,504
943 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,736
1423 sqft
Homes with high ceilings, walk-in closets, wood cabinetry and modern cooking appliances in the kitchen. A gated community with landscaped gardens, a children's play area and outdoor grilling stations, located close to I-95.
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Last updated August 25 at 12:41pm
Hickory Ridge
9 Units Available
Poplar Glen
11608 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,433
792 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,626
1115 sqft
Just a short distance away from the Mall of Columbia, shopping, and dining. Newly renovated units feature hardwood floors, fireplace, and patio/balcony. Resident have access to pool, clubhouse, 24-hour gym, media room. Pet friendly.
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Last updated August 25 at 06:11pm
Wilde Lake
36 Units Available
TENm.flats
10101 Twin Rivers Rd, Columbia, MD
Studio
$1,394
582 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,633
774 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,436
1130 sqft
Modern apartments located right in the heart of Downtown Columbia close to shops and dining. Choose from a variety of floor plans and enjoy the large swimming pool and business cyber center.
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Last updated August 25 at 06:12pm
Hickory Ridge
13 Units Available
Clarys Crossing
11311 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
$1,422
817 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,739
1100 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Close to The Mall in Columbia. Open-concept floor plans featuring private patios. Wood-burning fireplace, walk-in closets and black appliances in every apartment. On-site Wi-Fi lounge, coffee bar, fitness center and outdoor swimming pool.
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Last updated August 25 at 01:27pm
Oakland Mills
7 Units Available
The Verona at Oakland Mills
9650 Whiteacre Rd, Columbia, MD
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,360
886 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,685
1171 sqft
Apartment amenities include air conditioning, hardwood floors, laundry and walk-in closets. Community offers bike storage, playground, parking and courtyard. Close to schools, parks and highways.

Average Rent in Columbia

Last updated Jul. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Columbia is $1,575, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,975.
Studio
$1,296
1 Bed
$1,575
2 Beds
$1,975
3+ Beds
$2,540
City GuideColumbia
"One may wonder why a city only 40 years old needs a history, but Columbia, Maryland, is no ordinary place." (-- Joseph Rocco Mitchell and David L. Stebenne, "New City Upon a Hill: A History of Columbia")

The planned community of Columbia, Maryland began with a vision. Today, Columbia is Maryland's second most popular community with 10 distinct villages comprising a population of nearly 100,000. Columbia has for the most part lived up to the promising vision of its celebrated founder, James Rouse: the city consistently holds a place on Money Magazines list of "Top Ten Places to Live," most recently appearing in 2012 in the 8th slot. So come on over!

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

Moving to Columbia

Enjoy the ease, convenience and affordability of life in this unique planned community. It has a small-town feel and immense livability, thanks to mindfully-designed villages with numerous amenities. People looking for apartments for rent, condos, or spacious single family homes will find no shortage of offerings in Columbia. The town's low vacancy rate of 4% demonstrates its status as a desirable place to live.

House hunting or apartment shopping in massive Columbia can be overwhelming. Between Columbia's 10 villages and neighborhoods within them, you will want to familiarize with the area and its offerings before pounding the pavement. Without the proper planning your head may be spinning as you drive around in circles.

Aside from your GPS to navigate Columbia's many similarly-named streets and identical neighborhoods, you'll want to be prepared with all of the usual materials: credit info, references, proof of employment, etc.

Neighborhoods in Columbia

Each of Columbias 10 villages is designed to provide its residents with a small town experience, thanks to community centers, recreational facilities, and plenty of other unique amenities. Most villages have everything from apartments to single family houses although some have more of one or the other. Columbia's 10 villages are as follows:

Wilde Lake: One of Columbia's more affordable villages, Wilde Lake comprises the neighborhoods of Bryant Woods, Faulkner Ridge, The Birches and Running Brook. With its own grocery store, and the famed Columbia Swim Center with its "Splashdown" slide, this is an appealing place.

Harpers Choice: Comprising the neighborhoods of Longfellow, Swansfield, and Hobbit's Glen, Harpers Choice is located in Columbia's northwest, adjacent to Wilde Lake. It is home to one of Columbia's athletic clubs, as well as a golf course, mini golf, tennis courts and a skate park. Neighborhoods are connected by a walking trail.

Oakland Hills: Located just east of Columbia Town Center, Oakland Mills comprises the neighborhoods of Stevens Forest, Talbott Springs and Thunder Hills, and is home to the Columbia Ice Rink.

Long Reach: The largest village in Columbia and one of its oldest. Long Reach includes the neighborhoods of Kendall Ridge, Jeffers Hill, Phelps Luck and Locust Park.

Owen Brown: Just southeast of the Town Center, Owen Brown includes Hopewell, Elkhorn and Dasher Green, Elkhorn and Hopewell. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy access to Lake Elkhorns 37 acres.

Hickory Ridge: Home to a variety of grocery stores, gas stations, banks and restaurants.

Dorsey's Search: Comprising just two neighborhoods, Dorsey Hall and Fairway Hills, Dorsey's Search is Columbia's furthest north village, and has a golf course and pool.

Kings Contrivance: Columbia's southernmost village and one of its largest, Kings Cross has great access to major highways. Neighborhoods include Huntington, Macgills Common and Dickinson.

River Hill: This well-manicured neighborhood comprises Pheasant Ridge and Pointers Run.

Town Center: Including the neighborhoods of Amesbury, Banneker, Vantage Point, Warfield Triangle and Creightons Run, Town Center is the most urban of Columbia's villages, offering multi-level apartments for rent as well as retail offices. Town Center features an attractive lakefront, as well as the shoppers delight: the Mall of Columbia.

Living in Columbia

Columbia's streets are named for famous works of art and literature, ranging from the works of Robert Frost to J.R.R. Tolkien. Its particularly fitting then that Howard County, of which Columbia is a part, has one of the country's top-ranked public library systems. Owen Brown and Town Center are home to Columbia's two public libraries--bookworms rejoice!

A central concept of Columbia's design is a commitment to recreation. Managed and maintained by the Columbia Association, there are a whopping 23 outdoor swimming pools and size indoor swimming pools in Columbia. Throw in water slides, batting cages, skating rinks, an equestrian center, skateboard park and numerous other offerings, and theres never a shortage of activities.

Those with aspiring green thumbs will enjoy taking advantage of Columbia's garden plot rentals, a program which has been around for 40-some years. Spread throughout Columbia, three sites offer residents use of 350 garden plots for a small fee.

Columbia has a low-key local bar scene, which plays host to popular local bands. Music lovers also enjoy convenient access to outdoor concert venue Merriweather Post Pavilion.

If you're going to live in Columbia, you will most certainly need a car. While the town is served by both Howard Transit locally and Maryland Transit Administration routes to Baltimore and Washington, it is still not feasible to rely entirely on buses unless you like walking and waiting. Bus service does give commuters a boost to the Washington Metro; there are no train stations in Columbia. Highways lead to Baltimore (a 20 minute drive), Washington (a 40 minute drive) and Annapolis (also 40 minutes), as well as historic towns like Frederick and Savage. When its time to escape the region, residents have their choice of BWI, National or Washington Dulles to take to the friendly skies.

August 2019 Columbia Rent Report

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

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August 2019 Columbia Rent Report

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

Columbia rents increase sharply over the past month

Columbia rents have increased 0.6% over the past month, and are up moderately by 3.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Columbia stand at $1,575 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,976 for a two-bedroom. This is the eighth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in November of last year. Columbia's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 2.2%, as well as the national average of 1.6%.

    Rents rising across the Baltimore Metro

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

    • Severn has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.7%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,691, while one-bedrooms go for $1,348.
    • Over the past month, Baltimore proper has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 0.4%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,199, while one-bedrooms go for $956.
    • Essex has the least expensive rents in the Baltimore metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,116; rents were up 0.7% over the past month and 1.9% over the past year.
    • Columbia has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Baltimore metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,976; rents grew 0.6% over the past month and 3.1% over the past year.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Columbia

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

    • Columbia's median two-bedroom rent of $1,976 is above the national average of $1,191. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.6% over the past year compared to the 3.1% rise in Columbia.
    • While Columbia's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Austin (+3.3%), Nashville (+2.6%), and Boston (+2.4%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Columbia than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $897, where Columbia is more than 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
    Baltimore
    $960
    $1,200
    -0.4%
    0.8%
    Columbia
    $1,580
    $1,980
    0.6%
    3.1%
    Glen Burnie
    $1,210
    $1,520
    0.5%
    3.3%
    Ellicott City
    $1,470
    $1,840
    -0.2%
    3.5%
    Dundalk
    $930
    $1,160
    0.3%
    1.3%
    Towson
    $1,190
    $1,490
    0.6%
    2%
    Severn
    $1,350
    $1,690
    0.2%
    3.7%
    Catonsville
    $1,160
    $1,450
    1.1%
    0.9%
    Essex
    $890
    $1,120
    0.7%
    1.9%
    Annapolis
    $1,550
    $1,950
    -0.2%
    3.1%
    Odenton
    $1,900
    $2,390
    0.9%
    5.3%
    Parkville
    $1,120
    $1,400
    -0.1%
    0.5%
    Owings Mills
    $1,260
    $1,580
    0.5%
    3.9%
    Perry Hall
    $1,310
    $1,640
    0
    1.1%
    Reisterstown
    $1,150
    $1,440
    -0.5%
    1.3%
    Middle River
    $1,050
    $1,320
    -0.6%
    -0.8%
    Cockeysville
    $1,150
    $1,440
    0.6%
    2.8%
    Elkridge
    $1,560
    $1,960
    0.4%
    4%
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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:

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    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.

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