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January 2018 West Chester Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2018 West Chester Rent Report. West Chester rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the West Chester rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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January 2018 West Chester Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2018 West Chester Rent Report. West Chester rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the West Chester rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

West Chester rent trends were flat over the past month

West Chester rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased slightly by 1.6% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in West Chester stand at $1,270 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,540 for a two-bedroom. West Chester's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.1%, as well as the national average of 2.8%.

Rents rising across the Philadelphia Metro

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

  • Pottstown has the least expensive rents in the Philadelphia metro, with a two-bedroom median of $980; additionally, the city has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro over the past month (0.6%).
  • Over the past month, Lansdale has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.0%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,470, while one-bedrooms go for $1,210.
  • West Chester has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Philadelphia metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,540; rents were up 1.6% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to West Chester

As rents have increased slightly in West Chester, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most large cities across the country, West Chester is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased in other cities across the state, with Pennsylvania as a whole logging rent growth of 2.1% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.1% in Pittsburgh.
  • West Chester's median two-bedroom rent of $1,540 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 1.6% increase in West Chester.
  • While West Chester's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw more substantial increases, including Seattle (+3.0%), Houston (+2.5%), and Columbus (+2.5%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in West Chester than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $890, where West Chester 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
Philadelphia $960 $1,160 0.2% 1.1%
Camden $940 $1,130 0.0% 0.5%
Wilmington $1,010 $1,220 0.2% 4.3%
Levittown $1,210 $1,460 -0.2% 3.0%
Norristown $1,110 $1,340 0.3% 5.5%
Drexel Hill $890 $1,080 0.1% 1.0%
Pottstown $790 $980 0.6% 1.1%
King of Prussia $1,210 $1,460 -0.2% 4.4%
West Chester $1,270 $1,540 0.2% 1.6%
Lansdale $1,210 $1,470 -1.0% 4.0%
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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.

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:

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.