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Downtown Columbus

A Columbus Neighborhood

Summary

Want to live in the center of it all? Then Downtown Columbus is the place for you! Find a gorgeous renovated loft or buy out an old townhouse. No matter where you decide to live in this neighborhood, everything is only a short walk away. Though you might be in the center of the city, a little slice of the country is not far away. The Pearl Market is the city’s biggest farmer’s market, offering great food, fresh produce, and locally made crafts. Downtown’s most distinguishing feature is the Scioto Mile, consisting of 145 acres of parklands situated along the gorgeous riverfront. This includes not only of lush greenery, but also of outdoor concert spaces, outdoor climbing wall, and a huge interactive fountain. One of the downtown Parks – Columbus Commons – is the center of many outdoor events, including free Shakespeare performances in the summer. You can also venture into the close by Arena and Brewery Districts, which contain the football stadium (Columbus’ lifeblood) and Columbus’ finest nightlife.

Budget

If you're not sure how much an apartment will cost, the table below shows the average price by size.

$902
Studio
$1,174
1 Bedroom
$1,286
2 Bedrooms
$1,549
3 Bedrooms
$1,957
4 Bedrooms
$2,800
5+ Bedrooms
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Columbus:
May Rent Report

Welcome to the May 2021 Columbus Apartment Report. In this assessment of the local rental market, Rentable data scientists and rental experts break down the May 2021 key findings and figures for the Columbus rental landscape.

Our experts analyze the pricing trends — one-bedroom, two-bedroom, year-over-year and month-over-month — in Columbus and surrounding areas and provide comparisons to the entire metro area, nearby cities and some of the most desirable and expensive cities in the United States. Take a look at the last 12 months of Columbus average rent prices in the chart below.

Monthly Rent Report

Columbus Rent Prices Increase From April to May

Columbus rent prices increased over the last month. From April to May, the city experienced a 1.89% increase for the price of a one-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Columbus one-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,077.0.

When we take a look at the two-bedroom comparison from April to May, Columbus experienced a 1.99% increase for the price of a two-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Columbus two-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,178.0.

May Prices: Columbus vs. Surrounding Areas

Rent Prices in Columbus and Surrounding Areas

Rent prices have increased in Columbus over the last month. But how have the surrounding areas fared when it comes to the recent volatility in apartment prices? Rent prices in 2 of the Columbus suburbs increased last month. On the other hand, 4 local areas experienced a decrease in the price of a one-bedroom apartment.

More key findings include:

  • Rent increased in Westerville, OH, Grandview Heights, OH .

  • Rent decreased in Dublin, OH, Hilliard, OH, Reynoldsburg, OH, Lewis Center, OH.

  • 3 suburbs are currently priced higher than the city of Columbus.

  • 3 suburbs are currently priced lower than the city of Columbus.

May 2021 Pricing Trends: Columbus vs. National Comparisons

Columbus Rent Prices More Affordable Than Major Cities

Rent growth in Columbus over the past year has been on the rise. When compared to major cities nearby, along with some of the most expensive cities in the country, Columbus average rent prices appear to be relatively affordable for local residents.

The price for a Columbus one-bedroom apartment remains vastly more affordable than four of the largest cities in the United States — New York City, Washington, D.C. San Francisco and Los Angeles. And pricing compares quite similarly to nearby Midwest cities.

You can view the full rundown of Rentable's May 2021 National Apartment Report and data set here.

For more information about Columbus and surrounding area rent prices, take a look at the complete data set below.

Data set for Columbus and suburbs

1 BR May 1 BR M/M % Change 2 BR May 2 BR M/M % Change
Columbus, OH $1,057.0 1.44% $1,155.0 2.12%
Dublin, OH $1,115.0 -0.18% $1,449.0 0.91%
Westerville, OH $1,048.0 0.10% $1,281.0 0.24%
Hilliard, OH $989.0 -1.30% $1,257.0 -0.87%
Reynoldsburg, OH $834.0 -0.12% $1,051.0 1.16%
Lewis Center, OH $1,086.0 -0.91% $1,391.0 1.16%
Grandview Heights, OH $1,288.0 0.16% $1,893.0 -1.20%

Methodology

Each month, using over 1 million Rentable listings across the United States, we calculate the median 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rent prices by city, state, and nation, and track the month-over-month percent change. To avoid small sample sizes, we restrict the analysis for our reports to cities meeting minimum population and property count thresholds.