With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, it’s time for the 2016 edition of our annual Apartment List Turkey Index!

Thanksgiving is the ultimate celebration of food, family, friends and football – it’s a combination that always makes for lively conversation, and if your dinner table is anything like mine, that conversation inevitably turns to a question as old as time – how much would rent cost if we all decided to pay in turkey dinners? Thankfully, we can now answer that question definitively:

 

Methodology

To solve this all-important problem, we started with the hundreds of thousands of listings on our website and used that data to calculate the median price of a two-bedroom apartment in cities across the US. We then estimated the nationwide average price of a Thanksgiving dinner; we included turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie for a total price of $51.50 (up 1.6% from last year). The average dinner price was then adjusted for each city using a grocery cost index. Finally, we divided the rent price by the city-specific dinner cost to arrive at the Turkey Index.

Results

As you might expect, our Turkey Index varies quite a bit by location. New York City tops our list, with the monthly two-bedroom rent coming in at a pricey 70.0 turkey dinners (not to mention the time and effort of delivering all that food safely to your landlord). Other cities at the expensive end include San Francisco, Washington DC and Los Angeles, with indexes of 68.7, 51.8 and 44.7, respectively. By contrast, in Cleveland you can get by with a modest 13.1 dinners per month. Memphis (15.1), Kansas City (15.9), and Albuquerque (17.7) are all quite affordable as well. In between these two extremes are cities such as Portland (26.5), Denver (31.3) and Austin (33.6).

 

For reference, we’ve included data for the full set of cities included in our analysis. See the table below to compare costs across the country. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

CityMedian 2BR PriceTurkey Index
New York, NY$4,500 70.0
San Francisco, CA$4,700 68.7
Boston, MA$3,210 57.8
Bethesda, MD$2,980 52.0
Washington, DC$3,050 51.8
Vero Beach, FL$2,500 47.2
Los Angeles, CA$2,600 44.7
San Jose, CA$2,600 44.4
Arlington, VA$2,650 44.3
Miami, FL$2,200 42.0
Sarasota, FL$2,370 38.3
Stamford, CT$2,490 37.9
Seattle, WA$2,300 36.5
Oakland, CA$2,500 36.1
Alexandria, VA$1,980 35.4
Framingham, MA$1,950 35.3
Fort Lauderdale, FL$1,780 35.0
San Diego, CA$2,020 34.2
Austin, TX$1,500 33.6
New Orleans, LA$1,650 33.0
Minneapolis, MN$1,770 32.2
Newark, NJ$1,750 32.0
Houston, TX$1,430 32.0
Atlanta, GA$1,650 31.5
Denver, CO$1,780 31.3
Allen, TX$1,390 31.0
Chicago, IL$1,600 30.0
Charleston, SC$1,600 29.3
Palm Coast, FL$1,450 28.7
Nashville, TN$1,390 28.6
Dallas, TX$1,610 28.3
Portland, ME$1,500 28.3
Honolulu, HI$2,280 27.4
Portland, OR$1,600 26.5
Philadelphia, PA$1,580 26.5
Baltimore, MD$1,500 26.1
Pittsburgh, PA$1,300 25.8
Chapel Hill, NC$1,200 25.6
Ithaca, NY$1,380 25.5
Round Rock, TX$1,080 25.3
Conroe, TX$1,220 24.9
Tampa, FL$1,200 24.6
San Antonio, TX$1,030 24.1
Charlotte, NC$1,200 24.1
Tacoma, WA$1,200 23.9
New Haven, CT$1,500 23.8
Orlando, FL$1,190 23.3
Corpus Christi, TX$1,030 23.1
Asheville, NC$1,150 23.0
Virginia Beach, VA$1,160 22.9
Richmond, VA$1,090 22.9
Fort Worth, TX$1,100 22.7
St. Paul, MN$1,200 22.2
Midland, TX$1,000 22.2
Greenville, SC$1,100 22.0
Manchester, NH$1,280 21.9
Wilmington, DE$1,160 21.8
Durham, NC$1,080 21.7
Savannah, GA$1,000 21.6
Winchester, VA$1,080 21.5
Madison, WI$1,170 21.4
Bozeman, MT$1,100 21.1
Albany, NY$1,130 20.8
Charlottesville, VA$1,130 20.6
Sacramento, CA$1,200 20.6
Phoenix, AZ$1,000 20.5
McAllen, TX$85020.5
Salt Lake City, UT$98020.3
Daytona Beach, FL$1,000 20.1
Baton Rouge, LA$1,000 20.1
Modesto, CA$1,050 20.0
Fayetteville, AR$93020.0
St. Louis, MO$1,050 20.0
Buffalo, NY$98019.9
Bloomington, IN$1,100 19.8
Ames, IA$94019.8
Jackson, TN$79019.7
Cape Coral, FL$1,070 19.7
Odessa, TX$91019.7
Marietta, GA$1,020 19.7
Temple, TX$78019.5
Colorado Springs, CO$98019.3
Harrisonburg, VA$93019.3
Jacksonville, FL$96019.3
Las Vegas, NV$1,000 19.1
Grand Rapids, MI$92019.0
Boise, ID$84018.9
Omaha, NE$90018.8
Peoria, IL$88018.7
Rochester, NY$95018.6
Milwaukee, WI$99018.4
Edmond, OK$83018.4
Olympia, WA$1,010 18.3
Prescott, AZ$90018.1
Joliet, IL$92018.1
Lake Charles, LA$90018.0
Bellingham, WA$99017.9
Mandan, ND$95017.9
Champaign, IL$82017.9
Waco, TX$74017.8
Knoxville, TN$79017.8
Tyler, TX$87017.7
Lincoln, NE$88017.7
Louisville, KY$80017.7
Albuquerque, NM$85017.7
Hartford, CT$1,010 17.6
Providence, RI$95017.6
Kennewick, WA$85017.6
Wilmington, NC$95017.5
Columbus, OH$87017.4
Kalamazoo, MI$75017.4
Rockford, IL$79017.3
Manhattan, KS$85017.2
Raleigh, NC$1,010 17.2
Fairbanks, AK$1,140 17.2
Reno, NV$96017.2
Chattanooga, TN$83017.2
Des Moines, IA$84017.1
Cincinnati, OH$80017.1
Birmingham, AL$90017.1
Lexington, KY$77017.0
Jackson, MS$82016.9
Roanoke, VA$75016.9
Columbia, SC$85016.8
St. George, UT$84016.7
Brownsville, TX$75016.7
Indianapolis, IN$80016.7
Harlingen, TX$70016.7
Anchorage, AK$1,150 16.4
Stockton, CA$96016.4
Twin Falls, ID$70016.3
Scranton, PA$85016.2
Oklahoma City, OK$78016.2
Amarillo, TX$79016.2
Norman, OK$75016.2
Shreveport, LA$80016.1
Monroe, LA$78015.9
Kansas City, MO$85015.9
Bowling Green, KY$75015.8
Little Rock, AR$75015.6
Hattiesburg, MS$79015.6
South Bend, IN$75015.6
Eau Claire, WI$79015.6
Sherman, TX$77015.6
Lafayette, IN$73015.4
Texarkana, TX$76015.4
Augusta, GA$80015.4
Wichita Falls, TX$70015.4
Spokane, WA$75015.4
Fargo, ND$83015.3
Lubbock, TX$73015.2
Lynchburg, VA$71015.2
Yuma, AZ$86015.1
Cleveland, TN$68015.1
Springfield, IL$75015.1
Nacogdoches, TX$72015.1
Memphis, TN$70015.1
Tulsa, OK$75015.0
Burlington, NC$75015.0
Tucson, AZ$78015.0
El Paso, TX$80015.0
Grand Forks, ND$78015.0
Winston-Salem, NC$78014.9
Lafayette, LA$75014.8
Gainesville, FL$83014.7
Detroit, MI$70014.6
Mobile, AL$74014.5
Green Bay, WI$68014.4
Elkhart, IN$73014.3
Evansville, IN$65014.3
Davenport, IA$75014.2
Waterloo, IA$62014.2
Fayetteville, NC$70014.2
Cedar Rapids, IA$74014.1
Bakersfield, CA$83014.1
Pueblo, CO$70014.1
Anderson, SC$77013.9
Minot, ND$75013.9
Jonesboro, AR$64013.6
Wichita, KS$65013.5
Hutchinson, KS$63013.5
Yakima, WA$75013.2
Montgomery, AL$65013.2
Bullhead City, AZ$71013.1
Topeka, KS$67013.1
Cleveland, OH$78013.1
Gulfport, MS$64013.1
Joplin, MO$60013.0
Statesboro, GA$60013.0
Dayton, OH$63012.6
Fort Wayne, IN$60012.6
Conway, AR$57012.6
Sierra Vista, AZ$67012.5
Columbia, MO$62012.3
Albany, GA$64012.0
Cookeville, TN$56011.6
Akron, OH$70011.4
Decatur, AL$57011.4
Las Cruces, NM$65011.2
Muncie, IN$55011.2
Springfield, MO$55011.1
Huntsville, AL$55010.9
Valdosta, GA$58010.7
Jefferson City, MO$4709.6