Washington, DC Rental Market Trends
Washington, Dc Rent Report: June 2023
Welcome to the Apartment List June 2023 Rent Report for Washington, DC. Currently, the overall median rent in the city stands at $1,822, after rising 1.0% last month. Prices remain down 0.2% year-over-year. Read on to learn more about what’s been happening in the Washington, DC rental market and how it compares to trends throughout the broader Washington, Dc metro area and the nation as a whole.
Washington, Dc rents are up 1.0% month-over-month and flat year-over-year
The median rent in Washington, DC rose by 1.0% over the course of May, and has now decreased by a total of 0.2% over the past 12 months. Washington, DC’s rent growth over the past year has has fallen behind the national average (0.9%).
Washington, DC rent growth in 2023 pacing below last year
Five months into the year, rents in Washington, DC have risen 1.1%. This is a slower rate of growth compared to what the city was experiencing at this point last year: from January to May 2022 rents had increased 2.7%.
May rent growth in Washington, DC ranked #26 among large U.S. cities
Washington, DC rents went up 1.0% in the past month, compared to the national rate of 0.5%. Among the nation's 100 largest cities, this ranks #26. Similar monthly rent growth took place in Virginia Beach, VA (1.0%) and North Las Vegas, NV (0.9%).
Washington, DC is the #22 most expensive large city in the U.S., with a median rent of $1,822
Citywide, the median rent currently stands at $1,781 for a 1-bedroom apartment and $1,759 for a 2-bedroom. Across all bedroom sizes (ie, the entire rental market), the median rent is $1,822. That ranks #22 in the nation, among the country's 100 largest cities.
For comparison, the median rent across the nation as a whole is $1,169 for a 1-bedroom, $1,340 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,363 overall. The median rent in Washington, DC is 33.7% higher than the national, and is similar to the prices you would find in Scottsdale, AZ ($1,832) and Plano, TX ($1,816).
Washington, DC rents are 7.3% lower than the metro-wide median
If we expand our view to the wider Washington, DC metro area, the median rent is $1,966 meaning that the median price in Washington, DC proper ($1,822) is 7.3% lower than the price across the metro as a whole. Metro-wide annual rent growth stands at 2.3%, above the rate of rent growth within just the city.
The table below shows the latest rent stats for 32 cities in the Washington, DC metro area that are included in our database. Among them, McNair is currently the most expensive, with a median rent of $2,360. Suitland is the metro’s most affordable city, with a median rent of $1,544. The metro's fastest annual rent growth is occurring in Centreville (8.4%) while the slowest is in Largo (-2.4%).
You can also use the map below to explore the latest rent trends in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
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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