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149 Apartments for rent in Carrboro, NC

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Last updated July 23 at 3:24pm UTC
105 Fidelity Street Apt. A40
Plantation Acres
Carrboro, NC
Updated July 23 at 2:26pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
106 Cedarwood Lane
Plantation Acres
Carrboro, NC
Updated July 20 at 9:46am UTC
3 Bedrooms
117 Barnes St.
Plantation Acres
Carrboro, NC
Updated July 18 at 10:17am UTC
3 Bedrooms
129 Friar Lane
Plantation Acres
Carrboro, NC
Updated July 13 at 10:02am UTC
2 Bedrooms
300 NC 54 Highway
Plantation Acres
Carrboro, NC
Updated June 16 at 9:48pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
Results within 1 miles of Carrboro, NC
308 Sylvan Way
Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Updated July 16 at 10:23am UTC
3 Bedrooms
111 Channing Lane
Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Updated July 15 at 10:34am UTC
3 Bedrooms
210 Andrews Lane
Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Updated July 13 at 9:57am UTC
2 Bedrooms
117 Kenan Street
Downtown Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Updated July 13 at 9:56am UTC
2 Bedrooms
210A Purefoy Road
Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Updated July 6 at 7:31am UTC
2 Bedrooms
216 Nunn Lane
Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Updated June 15 at 10:16am UTC
2 Bedrooms
Results within 5 miles of Carrboro, NC
510 N Greensboro St
Carrboro, NC
Updated July 17 at 5:18pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
South Graham Street
Downtown Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Updated July 4 at 7:32am UTC
City Guide
The Hippies Got it Right

Carrboro is anchored by a co-op market. The high concentration of art shops and galleries, restaurants that go from down-home to trendy, and a nationally recognized music venue keep things interesting. The town of about 20,000 is part of the greater Raliegh-Durham area and is a favorite home to high-tech workers and university professors. The PTA runs a thrift shop that returns more than a million dollars a year back to area schools. The Farmer's Market is ranked among the top ten in the United States. It might go without saying that all that darn socialism might make rents higher. You will be pleasantly surprised to find that the housing costs aren't that high. 

Making the Move

Median gross apartment rent for Carrboro is usually a bit lower than the rest of the country. That's quite reasonable for a community with so many reasons to live here. If you are considering a move to the Raliegh-Durham area, do yourself a favor and take a look at Carrboro. Choose from condos for rent that feature rooftop gardens and solar panels that reduce energy costs by at least 50 percent. Elegant homes and stylish townhouses around a pedestrian-oriented downtown offer urban living with charm. Even with a decent amount of availability, it's wise to start your search as soon as possible. It's a popular town to live in and the word, as the saying goes, is out. 

July 2018 Carrboro Rent Report

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

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Rent Report

July 2018 Carrboro Rent Report

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

Carrboro rents decline sharply over the past month

Carrboro rents have declined 1.2% over the past month, and have decreased slightly by 0.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Carrboro stand at $880 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,040 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in March. Carrboro's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.0%, as well as the national average of 1.4%.

Rents rising across cities in North Carolina

While rent decreases have been occurring in the city of Carrboro over the past year, cities in the rest of the state are seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in all of the largest 10 cities in North Carolina for which we have data. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 1.0% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the state, Cary is the most expensive of all North Carolina's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,240; of the 10 largest North Carolina cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Wilmington experiencing the fastest growth (+3.3%).
  • Winston-Salem, High Point, and Greensboro have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (3.3%, 2.4%, and 2.4%, respectively).

Carrboro rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have fallen slightly in Carrboro, many large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Carrboro is also more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Carrboro's median two-bedroom rent of $1,040 is below the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.4% over the past year compared to the 0.4% decline in Carrboro.
  • While rents in Carrboro fell slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Phoenix (+2.3%), Atlanta (+1.9%), and Miami (+1.8%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Carrboro than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,070, which is nearly three times the price in Carrboro.

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.


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.