Des Moines, IA Rental Market Trends

Des Moines Rent Report: April 2024

Welcome to the Apartment List April 2024 Rent Report for Des Moines, IA. Currently, the overall median rent in the city stands at $1,011, roughly the same as last month. Prices are now down 2.8% year-over-year. Read on to learn more about what’s been happening in the Des Moines rental market and how it compares to trends throughout the nation as a whole.

Des Moines rents are flat month-over-month and down 2.8% year-over-year

The median rent in Des Moines fell by 0.3% over the course of March, and has now decreased by a total of 2.8% over the past 12 months. Des Moines’s rent growth over the past year has has fallen behind both the state (0.6%) and national averages (-0.8%).

Des Moines rent growth in 2024 pacing below last year

Three months into the year, rents in Des Moines have fallen 0.8%. This is a slower rate of growth compared to what the city was experiencing at this point last year: from January to March 2023 rents had increased 1.6%.

March rent growth in Des Moines ranked #88 among large U.S. cities

Des Moines rents went down 0.3% in the past month, compared to the national rate of 0.6%. Among the nation's 100 largest cities, this ranks #88. Similar monthly rent growth took place in Colorado Springs, CO (-0.3%) and Santa Clarita, CA (-0.3%).

Des Moines is the #97 most expensive large city in the U.S., with a median rent of $1,011

Citywide, the median rent currently stands at $847 for a 1-bedroom apartment and $1,057 for a 2-bedroom. Across all bedroom sizes (ie, the entire rental market), the median rent is $1,011. That ranks #97 in the nation, among the country's 100 largest cities.

For comparison, the median rent across the nation as a whole is $1,220 for a 1-bedroom, $1,374 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,388 overall. The median rent in Des Moines is 27.1% lower than the national, and is similar to the prices you would find in Tulsa, OK ($1,017) and Fort Wayne, IN ($983).


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