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Average Rent in San Jose, CA & Rent Price Trends

By: Kimi Kaneshina, Rob Warnock, and Justin Chaplin
July 7, 2021

Considering a move to San Jose? Before you start apartment hunting, learn about the local rental market. Make sure you know the average rent in San Jose to get your budget started!

Average Rent in San Jose

San Jose rents have increased by 1.56% compared to last month, and are down by 4.19% compared to last year.

For a broader discussion of rent changes across the country, check out our National Rent Report. You can download the raw data containing rent estimates for hundreds of cities across the country.

  • 0% of apartments in San Jose cost less than $1,000 per month.
  • 8% of apartments in San Jose cost between $1,000-$1,999 per month.
  • 58% of apartments in San Jose cost between $2,000-$2,999 per month.
  • 33% of apartments in San Jose cost over $3,000 per month.

  • 6% of apartments in San Jose are studio apartments.
  • 44% of apartments in San Jose are 1-bedroom apartments.
  • 43% of apartments in San Jose are 2-bedroom apartments.
  • 8% of apartments in San Jose are 3-bedroom apartments.

What Salary Do You Need to Live in San Jose?

Using the 30% rule, we can give a rough estimate of the salary needed to rent an apartment in San Jose. If these numbers look high, remember that a roommate or two can drastically cut down your monthly rent!

  • If you are renting an average priced studio apartment in San Jose, your annual salary should be around $88,056 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 1-bedroom apartment in San Jose, your annual salary should be around $99,036 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 2-bedroom apartment in San Jose, your annual salary should be around $121,212 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 3-bedroom apartment in San Jose, your annual salary should be around $139,140 or higher.

Having trouble deciding how much rent you can afford? Try using a rent calculator. If San Jose seems too pricey for you, consider other cities in California that may be cheaper.

Ready to make the move to San Jose? Start apartment hunting in San Jose with our quiz!

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AUTHOR
Kimi is a Content Associate and contributing author at Apartment List, helping renters find a new place to call home. Kimi earned her BA in Organizational Studies, Economics from Scripps College. Read More
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Rob is a senior research associate at Apartment List, where he examines trends in the housing and rental markets. Previously he worked in public health policy, and before that, graduated from UCLA with a degree in Globalization. Read More
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Justin is a Content Manager and contributing author at Apartment List, helping people navigate the world of renting. Justin previously spent his time earning his BBA in Marketing from Boise State University. Read More
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