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Average Rent in Washington DC & Rent Price Trends

January 24, 2022

Considering moving to Washington, DC? Before you start apartment hunting, learn about the local rental market. Make sure you know the average rent in Washington, DC to get your budget started!

Average Rent in Washington DC

Note: The data provided reflects our available units on Apartment List. For data that reflects the entire market, we recommend you visit our Rent Report, which is created based on our holistic methodology. You can also download the raw data containing rent estimates for hundreds of cities across the country.

Washington, DC rents have increased by -0.81% compared to last month, and are up by 12.05% compared to last year.

  • 0% of apartments in Washington, DC cost less than $1,000 per month.
  • 22% of apartments in Washington, DC cost between $1,000-$1,999 per month.
  • 49% of apartments in Washington, DC cost between $2,000-$2,999 per month.
  • 28% of apartments in Washington, DC cost over $3,000 per month.

  • 16% of apartments in Washington, DC are studio apartments.
  • 54% of apartments in Washington, DC are 1-bedroom apartments.
  • 26% of apartments in Washington, DC are 2-bedroom apartments.
  • 4% of apartments in Washington, DC are 3-bedroom apartments.

Average Rent in Washington, DC Neighborhoods

Have your ideal Washington, DC neighborhood already picked out? Rent prices across neighborhoods can vary, so get familiar with the average rent prices across the various neighborhoods in Washington, DC.

NeighborhoodAverage 1-BR Rent
Adams Morgan$2,990
Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End$2,878
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown$2,751
U-Street$2,746
Logan Circle - Shaw$2,726
Dupont Circle$2,620
Navy Yard$2,553
Capitol Hill$2,547
SW Ballpark - Navy Yard$2,540
Trinidad - Langston$2,502

Learn about the best neighborhoods in Washington DC.

What Salary Do You Need to Live in Washington, DC?

Using the 30% rule, we can give a rough estimate of the salary needed to rent an apartment in Washington, DC. 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 Washington, DC, your annual salary should be around $68,076 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 1-bedroom apartment in Washington, DC, your annual salary should be around $87,984 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 2-bedroom apartment in Washington, DC, your annual salary should be around $123,480 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 3-bedroom apartment in Washington, DC, your annual salary should be around $157,824 or higher.

If your salary falls shy of this number, don't let that stop you from moving to DC! These figures above are for renters who'd be living alone. Renting with a roommate or two will dramatically cut down your monthly rent. Learn more about the cost of living in Washington DC.

If you're not sure how much rent you can afford, try using a rent calculator.

Ready to make the move to Washington, DC? Start apartment hunting in Washington, DC with our quiz!

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AUTHOR
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
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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