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August 2018 Alexandria Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2018 Alexandria Rent Report. Alexandria rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Alexandria rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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August 2018 Alexandria Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2018 Alexandria Rent Report. Alexandria rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Alexandria rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Alexandria rents increased slightly over the past month

Alexandria rents have increased 0.2% over the past month, and are up marginally by 0.7% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Alexandria stand at $1,590 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,830 for a two-bedroom. This is the sixth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in January. Alexandria's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.5%, but trails the national average of 1.2%.

Rents rising across the DC Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Alexandria, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the DC metro, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Frederick has the least expensive rents in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,550; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.7%.
  • Over the past year, Centreville has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.4%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,880, while one-bedrooms go for $1,630.
  • Bethesda has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,460; rents increased 0.5% over the past month and 2.7% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Alexandria

As rents have increased marginally in Alexandria, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Alexandria is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with Virginia as a whole logging rent growth of 0.5% over the past year.
  • Alexandria's median two-bedroom rent of $1,830 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.2% over the past year compared to the 0.7% rise in Alexandria.
  • While Alexandria's rents rose marginally over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Seattle (-2.4%) and Chicago (-1.8%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Alexandria than most large cities. For example, Norfolk has a median 2BR rent of $950, where Alexandria is nearly twice that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Washington, DC $1,340 $1,550 0.8% 0.2%
Arlington $1,810 $2,090 0.7% 1.4%
Alexandria $1,590 $1,830 0.2% 0.7%
Germantown $1,690 $1,950 -0.3% 1.2%
Silver Spring $1,520 $1,760 0.7% 1.8%
Centreville $1,630 $1,880 1.0% -1.4%
Waldorf $1,720 $1,990 -0.6% 3.1%
Frederick $1,340 $1,550 0.7% 3.7%
Rockville $1,730 $1,990 0.9% -0.3%
Bethesda $2,130 $2,460 0.5% 2.7%
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Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

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