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Average Rent in Washington DC & Rent Price Trends

By: Justin Chaplin and Rob Warnock
January 13, 2021

Considering a move to Washington DC? The nation's capital has plenty to offer. Whether it's the arts and culture, incredible parks, or eclectic food scene, DC is a great place to call home. Before packing your bags, get your budget in order by learning about the average rent in Washington DC.

Average Rent in Washington DC

Rent prices in Washington DC have fallen dramatically over the past 8 months. While the national rent average has fallen by 1.4%, Washington DC rent prices have fallen nearly 12%. Now is a great time to score a deal on a DC apartment.

Be sure to keep your eye out for rent specials in DC for additional savings!

  • 35% of Washington DC apartments cost between $1,000-$1,999 per month.
  • 45% of Washington DC apartments cost between $2,000-$2,999 per month.
  • 20% of Washington DC apartments cost over $3,000 per month.

  • 22% of apartments in Washington DC are studio apartments.
  • 51% of apartments in Washington DC are 1-bedroom apartments.
  • 23% of apartments in Washington DC are 2-bedroom apartments.
  • 4% of apartments in Washington DC are 3-bedroom apartments or larger.

Average Rent in Washington DC Neighborhoods

NeighborhoodAverage 1-BR RentAverage 2-BR Rent
Foggy Bottom$2,678$4,435
Southwest$2,511$3,825
Capitol Hill$2,485$3,462
Woodley Park$2,473$3,811
Logan Circle$2,471$3,468
Navy Yard$2,438$3,672
U-Street$2,431$3,612
Georgetown$2,427$3,999
Pleasant Plains$2,413$3,782
Dupont Circle$2,330$3,471

The most expensive neighborhoods in Washington DC are Foggy Bottom ($2,678), Southwest DC ($2,511), and Capitol Hill ($2,485).

The most affordable neighborhoods in Washington DC are Anacostia ($1,227), Northeast DC ($1,752), and 16th St / Petworth ($1,854).

How Much Do I Need to Make to live in Washington DC?

Not sure how much you need to be making in order to live comfortably in DC? Using the 30% rule, we can estimate the salary needed to afford an average-priced Washington DC apartment.

  • If you are renting an average priced studio apartment in DC, your annual salary should be around $57,636 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 1-bedroom apartment in DC, your annual salary should be around $55,836 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 2-bedroom apartment in DC, your annual salary should be around $56,484 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.

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

Ready to find your dream Washington DC apartment? Just get started 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
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Rob is a 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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