Updated 1/4/2016

Welcome to the Apartment List California Rent Report! California continues to be one of the priciest states in the country for rents, and in many places they’re still growing quickly. In this report, we’ll look at trends across the whole state as well as variations between cities.

California Rent Price

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In California, 1 bedroom rents decreased by 1.8% and 2 bedroom rents decreased by 2.3% between November and December. They are now up 7.6% and 4.9% over the last year at median prices of $1500 and $1640, respectively.

Top 10 most expensive cities

CA - 10 most expensive Dec 2015

  • San Francisco: San Francisco once again claimed the highest rents statewide for both 1 and 2 bedroom units, averaging $3500 and $4610, respectively. 2 bedroom rents show growth of 3.7% since December 2014, while 1 bedroom rents have grown 5.5% year-over-year.
  • Marina del Rey: Located on the California cost just 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Marina del Rey was the 3rd most expensive city with average prices at $3940 for a 2 bedroom. A 1 bedroom there averages $3080.
  • Berkeley: Right across the bay from San Francisco, Berkeley was the 6th most expensive city in California for the month of December. A 2 bedroom averages $3400 there, while a 1 bedroom goes for $2600.

Top 10 cities with the fastest rent growth

CA - 10 fastest growing Dec 2015

  • Salinas: Salinas had the strongest year-over-year rent growth with an 15.1% increase over December 2014 for 2 bedroom figures. A 2 bedroom in Salinas costs $1520.
  • Santa Clara: Santa Clara showed the 5th largest rent increase with 8.4% growth over December 2014. Rents in Santa Clara average $2740 for a 2 bedroom.
  • San Mateo: This Bay Area city claimed the 8th strongest rent increase over last year, up 7.3% for 2 bedrooms. San Mateo also ranked as the 9th most expensive city in California for the month of December, averaging $3200 for a 2 bedroom.

Apartment List December Rent Report

CityMedian Price - 1 BedMM Change - 1 BedYY Change - 1 BedMedian Price - 2 BedMM Change - 2 BedYY Change - 2 Bed
San Francisco$3,500-1.0%5.5%$4,610-1.5%3.7%
Santa Monica$2,670-3.5%0.5%$4,200
Marina del Rey$3,080-3.7%8.1%$3,940-13.3%-2.2%
Palo Alto$2,750-0.4%3.4%$3,750-6.7%1.1%
West Hollywood$1,9500.0%0.0%$3,500
Berkeley$2,6000.0%0.0%$3,400
Pacifica---$3,4000.5%6.0%
San Mateo$2,630-1.1%9.0%$3,200-2.0%7.3%
San Rafael$2,1000.0%0.0%$3,200
Foster City---$3,070
Redwood City$2,460-0.3%4.7%$3,000-2.1%0.5%
Mountain View$2,310-0.1%5.8%$2,930
Santa Clara$2,190-3.8%3.8%$2,740-0.1%8.4%
Sunnyvale$2,160-2.4%5.3%$2,720-4.4%2.4%
Dublin$2,080-7.3%-2.7%$2,630-10.7%-2.5%
Encinitas---$2,500-6.4%1.1%
Oakland$1,7000.0%0.0%$2,500
San Jose$2,010-5.8%4.5%$2,480-2.4%9.1%
Fremont$2,140-1.7%6.8%$2,3500.5%12.1%
Irvine$1,740-2.0%1.8%$2,340-1.9%3.0%
Pleasanton$2,150-1.5%9.8%$2,330
Pasadena$1,550-1.9%3.1%$2,300-4.4%1.5%
Mission Viejo---$2,200
Glendale$1,6308.1%9.2%$2,180
Los Angeles$1,620-1.7%7.8%$2,180-1.5%6.2%
Burbank$1,700-4.2%-1.7%$2,170-2.5%6.5%
Newport Beach$2,0000.0%0.0%$2,150
Walnut Creek$1,7700.0%0.0%$2,100
Santa Cruz$1,6800.0%0.0%$2,0504.6%16.2%
Hayward$1,600-8.2%14.0%$2,020-4.6%13.3%
Carlsbad$1,5800.0%3.9%$2,000-8.5%-2.7%
Huntington Beach$1,5001.5%10.0%$2,000-2.8%4.2%
Costa Mesa$1,640-2.1%5.5%$1,9701.6%6.9%
Santa Rosa$1,3000.0%0.0%$1,950
San Clemente$1,5100.0%0.0%$1,880
San Diego$1,450-1.1%8.7%$1,870-2.9%5.1%
Tustin$1,520-0.3%2.6%$1,830-0.7%3.2%
San Buenaventura (Ventura)$1,310-5.7%6.8%$1,760-6.7%5.0%
Garden Grove$1,1500.0%0.0%$1,750-6.0%1.0%
Anaheim$1,500-4.9%6.2%$1,740-4.0%3.0%
Concord$1,5000.4%17.0%$1,730
Santa Clarita$1,510-3.3%5.5%$1,720-4.5%3.9%
Chula Vista$1,2902.9%9.9%$1,7001.2%7.5%
Santa Ana$1,4100.0%0.0%$1,690
Buena Park---$1,680
Oxnard$1,7200.0%0.0%$1,650
Downey---$1,630
Napa---$1,600
Fullerton---$1,600
Long Beach$1,150-2.4%8.3%$1,600-1.2%7.7%
Rancho Cucamonga$1,3506.7%10.2%$1,5801.7%6.4%
West Covina$1,310-1.2%3.2%$1,580
Vista---$1,5503.2%12.0%
Oceanside$1,5400.9%12.2%$1,530-1.2%4.6%
Salinas$1,160-1.7%17.9%$1,5202.6%15.1%
Vallejo---$1,500
La Mesa$1,0800.0%0.0%$1,500
Ontario$1,280-1.9%4.6%$1,490-5.9%4.8%
Roseville$1,1000.0%0.0%$1,450
Palm Springs$9100.0%0.0%$1,450
Corona$1,230-1.0%9.1%$1,420-1.8%6.1%
Upland$1,100-7.2%4.8%$1,390
Escondido---$1,360-3.1%7.8%
El Cajon$1,1200.0%0.0%$1,350-1.8%5.5%
Sacramento$980-0.5%7.9%$1,250
Riverside$9000.1%9.9%$1,100-1.3%2.6%
Arden-Arcade$700-8.9%6.1%$1,0201.9%3.9%
Hemet---$980-13.5%2.2%
Lancaster---$970
Citrus Heights---$950
Carmichael---$950
Chico$7000.0%0.0%$890
Clovis---$880-7.5%-4.6%
Modesto$7009.6%14.6%$860
Visalia$5000.0%0.0%$850
San Bernardino$730-7.2%6.0%$830-3.2%3.7%
Marysville---$8203.6%7.4%
Fresno$680-1.2%3.9%$810-0.1%3.5%
Stockton$590-0.9%8.2%$8002.8%6.5%
Bakersfield$600-25.2%8.8%$750-1.3%-0.3%
Oildale$5500.0%0.0%$750
Yuba City$530-1.0%2.0%$7301.0%3.4%
Adelanto$6000.0%0.0%$730
Merced$5500.0%0.0%$690
Twentynine Palms$5506.1%-3.0%$680-0.5%-4.0%
Barstow$4500.0%0.0%$600
Apartment List December Rent Report

Methodology:

Apartment List RPM data is drawn from several hundred thousand monthly listings on our site. All average prices are calculated as the median for the specified size and time period. For top city rankings, we calculated median 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom rents in 100 top cities and then ranked them by 2 bedroom rents. Price changes are calculated using a “same unit” methodology similar to the Case-Shiller “repeat sales” home prices methodology, and averages are not value weighted.

About Apartment List Rent Reports:

Apartment List’s Rent Reports cover rental pricing data in major cities, their suburbs, and their neighborhoods. We provide valuable leading indicators of rental price trends, highlight data on top cities, and identify the key facts renters should know. As always, our goal is to provide price transparency to America’s 105 million renters to help them make the best possible decisions in choosing a place to call home.  Apartment List publishes Rent Reports during the first calendar week of each month.

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