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City Guide
Don't Go Back To Rockville? Don't listen to REM...

Welcome to Rockville, a friendly little community located in Montgomery County, home to some of Washington, DC’s most desirable suburbs. Let’s get started on your apartment hunt so you can call it home ASAP.

What to Expect

On good days—that is the weekends—Rockville residents can get into downtown DC in about 40 minutes. Proximity to the city, as well as its own identity as home to some of the East Coast’s largest technology companies, has made Rockville a highly developed and desirable city.

In addition, Rockville has numerous malls and shopping centers that vary from upscale chain retail stores to independently owned boutiques. In fact, Rockville attracts a wide variety of shoppers from most cities in suburban Maryland to Washington DC itself. Great dining and upscale bars can also be found at Rockville’s many shopping centers.

The city of Rockville has a good mix of historical areas and new developments. Parts of town have large 100-year-old historical homes, while others are replete with mixed-use New Urbanist developments with every amenity a modern family could need.

The population is likewise mixed throughout town, so you won’t have a hard time finding single buddies to journey into DC for a night on the town, or young families for play dates in one of the city’s many parks.

All of this diversity and development comes with a pretty significant price tag. For DC-area suburbs, Rockville rentals generally fall squarely in the middle, between higher-priced areas like Bethesda and farther-flung towns like Gaithersburg.


Town Square

Beginning in the early part of the millennium, Rockville urban development projects engaged in a series of attempts to renovate the plighted downtown area. Over the past decade new condo and apartment complexes have gone up, as well as independent bars and restaurants and posh boutiques. The Rockville Town Square draws in a mix of singles and families, due to its proximity to the Rockville Metro station. Apartments in this area are some of the most expensive in town, with two bedrooms ranging from $2000-2500.

North Rockville

Apartment complexes and condos within large, planned communities dominate the north Rockville rental market. For instance, the King Farm development in this region has all types of real estate available, as well as a small commercial and shopping center within the development. Additionally, there are rental areas designated specifically for seniors, singles, and families. Many of the developments in North Rockville also provide free shuttle service to the downtown Metro station. Two bedrooms in this region generally range from $1650-1900.

Renters tout the pool and playground in their reviews of Scarborough Square Apartments. The family-friendly atmosphere and responsive staff gives renters a sense of belonging to a welcoming community.

West and South

West Rockville is home to several large historical houses, many of which are private single-family residences. There are, however, frequently small studio rentals in this area, as well as in smaller developments and complexes. South Rockville also has a number of desirable developments with the added benefit of being close to the Twinbrook Metro station. Two bedrooms in this area generally range from $1600-1850.

Residents are over the moon about the amenities at Westchester Rockville Station Apartments, as is clear in their reviews of the community. The pool table, resort-like pool, and roomy interiors keep the residents very happy to call this place home.

East Rockville

Most Rockville residents will tell you that the eastern portion of the city is generally considered the least desirable. In particular, directly east of Town Square there is a small area of undesirable property, where there is a higher crime rate than in other parts of the city. However, if you look hard enough, you can even find pretty decent rentals in this part of town that are reasonably safe and slightly cheaper. Two bedrooms on the east side range from $1550-1800 – a price tag that means some folks think East Rockville is plenty desirable – especially for Asian food and little pubs.

Rental Tips

Because there is such a large and diverse rental market in Rockville, your apartment search can take on many different forms. If you’re eager to settle in one of the city’s many planned communities, rentals are operated through management companies and community boards. If you’d like to live outside of a planned community, your best bet will probably be to enlist the help of a real estate agent. Be prepared to shell out some fees of up to 10% your annual rent for this service.

Getting Around

Rockville is located on the I-270 corridor, which means that it’s easily accessible to other Maryland suburbs, as well as DC proper. Most people in Rockville commute into DC by car or the Metro. True to its reputation, DC area traffic during rush hour from Rockville can double or sometimes even triple your commute time into the city. Count your blessings if you’re commuting to a neighboring town in the opposite direction, like Gaithersburg or Germantown.

As previously mentioned, Rockville has two Metro stops on the Red Line, which will get you to Dupont Circle in about 30 minutes. Park-and-ride is available for a fee during the week and free on weekends. The city is also serviced by the Montgomery County Ride On bus system, which will get you around Rockville and into neighboring towns.

So welcome to Rockville! Despite its semi-high rental rates, you’ll be sure to find an apartment that suits your needs pretty much anywhere in town.

Rent Report

August 2017 Rockville Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2017 Rockville Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Rockville rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro and nation.

Rockville rents increased moderately over the past month

Rockville rents have increased 0.4% over the past month, and are up moderately by 3.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Rockville stand at $1,730 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,000 for a two-bedroom. This is the fifth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in February. Rockville's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.8%, as well as the national average of 2.9%.

Rents rising across the DC Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Rockville, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the DC metro, 7 of them have seen prices rise. Maryland as a whole has logged a 1.8% year-over-year growth. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Centreville has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 4.8%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,910, while one-bedrooms go for $1,650.
  • Over the past year, Waldorf has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with decline of 3.0%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,930, while one-bedrooms go for $1,670.
  • Bethesda has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,400; rents were down 1.0% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.
  • Frederick has the least expensive rents in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,490; rents increased 2.1% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Rockville

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

  • Rockville's median two-bedroom rent of $2,000 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.9% over the past year.
  • While Rockville's rents rose over the past year, the city of Miami saw a decrease of 0.8%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Rockville than most large cities. Comparably, Atlanta has a median 2BR rent of $1,160, where Rockville 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.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Washington, DC $1,340 $1,550 0.5% -0.4%
Arlington $1,780 $2,060 0.3% 0.1%
Alexandria $1,580 $1,820 0.4% 1.1%
Germantown $1,670 $1,930 0.8% 2.8%
Silver Spring $1,500 $1,730 0.7% 0.8%
Centreville $1,650 $1,910 -1.1% 4.8%
Waldorf $1,670 $1,930 0.8% -3.0%
Frederick $1,290 $1,490 0.1% 2.1%
Rockville $1,730 $2,000 0.4% 3.1%
Bethesda $2,080 $2,400 -0.1% -1.0%
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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.