San Francisco, CA Rental Market Trends

San Francisco Rent Report: March 2024

Welcome to the Apartment List March 2024 Rent Report for San Francisco, CA. Currently, the overall median rent in the city stands at $2,636, after rising 1.0% last month. Prices remain down 2.8% year-over-year. Read on to learn more about what’s been happening in the San Francisco rental market and how it compares to trends throughout the broader San Francisco metro area and the nation as a whole.

San Francisco rents are up 1.0% month-over-month and down 2.8% year-over-year

The median rent in San Francisco rose by 1.0% over the course of February, and has now decreased by a total of 2.8% over the past 12 months. San Francisco’s rent growth over the past year has has fallen behind both the state (-1.3%) and national averages (-1.0%).

San Francisco rent growth in 2024 pacing above last year

Two months into the year, rents in San Francisco have risen 1.0%. This is a faster rate of growth compared to what the city was experiencing at this point last year: from January to February 2023 rents had decreased 0.1%.

February rent growth in San Francisco ranked #6 among large U.S. cities

San Francisco rents went up 1.0% in the past month, compared to the national rate of 0.2%. Among the nation's 100 largest cities, this ranks #6. Similar monthly rent growth took place in St. Louis, MO (1.1%) and Boise, ID (0.9%).

San Francisco is the #3 most expensive large city in the U.S., with a median rent of $2,636

Citywide, the median rent currently stands at $2,661 for a 1-bedroom apartment and $3,154 for a 2-bedroom. Across all bedroom sizes (ie, the entire rental market), the median rent is $2,636. That ranks #3 in the nation, among the country's 100 largest cities.

For comparison, the median rent across the nation as a whole is $1,210 for a 1-bedroom, $1,363 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,377 overall. The median rent in San Francisco is 91.4% higher than the national, and is similar to the prices you would find in San Jose, CA ($2,711) and Fremont, CA ($2,631).

San Francisco rents are 5.9% higher than the metro-wide median

If we expand our view to the wider San Francisco metro area, the median rent is $2,490 meaning that the median price in San Francisco proper ($2,636) is 5.9% greater than the price across the metro as a whole. Metro-wide annual rent growth stands at -2.7%, above the rate of rent growth within just the city.

The table below shows the latest rent stats for 17 cities in the San Francisco metro area that are included in our database. Among them, San Mateo is currently the most expensive, with a median rent of $3,073. Berkeley is the metro’s most affordable city, with a median rent of $1,929. The metro's fastest annual rent growth is occurring in San Bruno (2.2%) while the slowest is in Alameda (-11.4%).

City
Median 1BR Rent
Median 2BR Rent
M/M Rent Growth
Y/Y Rent Growth
Alameda
$1,915
$2,403
-0.7%
-11.4%
Berkeley
$1,780
$2,147
1.1%
-5.2%
Concord
$2,015
$2,372
2.7%
1.4%
Dublin
$2,585
$2,993
0.7%
-1.2%
Emeryville
$2,816
$3,401
-2.1%
-1.4%
Fremont
$2,187
$2,650
0.3%
-1.7%
Hayward
$2,229
$2,508
-1.0%
-1.7%
Livermore
$1,952
$2,539
-1.2%
-4.4%
Oakland
$1,829
$2,195
-0.4%
-9.6%
Pleasanton
$2,124
$2,740
-0.7%
-2.4%
Redwood City
$2,647
$3,352
2.0%
0.9%
San Bruno
$2,390
$2,899
1.3%
2.2%
San Francisco
$2,661
$3,154
1.0%
-2.8%
San Mateo
$2,722
$3,410
0.5%
-0.1%
South San Francisco
$2,299
$3,014
4.4%
-0.3%
Union City
$2,276
$2,534
0.7%
-0.8%
Walnut Creek
$2,379
$2,918
1.7%
-0.9%
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You can also use the map below to explore the latest rent trends in the San Francisco metropolitan area.

Methodology

Apartment List is committed to the accuracy and transparency of our rent estimates. We begin 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, capturing apartment transactions over time 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. For more details, please see the Apartment List Rent Estimate Methodology.

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