November’s Rent Spike is the Largest of 2017

The national median rent jumped $12 to $1,032 in November, the largest month-to-month increase of the year so far. The increase marks a 1.37% hike since the beginning of the year. Aside from an aberration in August, rents have been on the uptick since March.

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The city with the highest rental increases should by now be familiar to readers of Rentable’s reports. For the third consecutive month, Cleveland, OH, takes the top spot: One-bedroom rents in The Land rose 6.5%, to $817. Indianapolis, which was seventh last month, finds itself at #2 in November, with rents rising 5.4% to $748. Denver, CO, is a newcomer at #3, with the median one-bedroom price rising 4.4% to $1,393.

Biggest Rent Changes

Colorado Springs, CO (+3.9%), and Fresno, CA (+3.7%), are the only other newcomers onto the list.

Norfolk, VA, which was #2 for rent drops last month, moves into the top spot in November, with rents falling 6%, to $705. Columbus, OH, is close behind: One-bedroom apartments are going for $812, down 5.9% from October. Newark, NJ, which had the steepest rent declines last month, comes in at #3, with median rents dropping 4.4% to $1,036.

Aside from holdovers Lexington, KY (-3.6%), and Houston, TX (-2.9%), the list of precipitous drops contains a host of new cities: Nashville, TN (-3.5%); Birmingham, AL (-2.7%); Pittsburgh (-2.7%); and Winston-Salem, NC (-2.6%).

Renters in San Jose, CA (-2.8%), are probably relieved to see their famously expensive rental market on our list of rental drops. Still, with a median one-bedroom price of $2,410, the epicenter of Silicon Valley maintains its spot as the third-most expensive rental market in the country. As ever, only San Francisco, CA ($3,303), and New York City, NY ($2,782), best it.

Highest Rents in the Country

The list of the country’s highest rents is largely unchanged, except for Washington, DC ($2,265), edging Oakland, CA ($2,115), for the #5 spot. And with a median rent of $1,816, Honolulu, HI, makes an appearance at #9, displacing Chicago, IL.

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Each month, using over 1 million Rentable listings across the United States, we calculate the median 1-bedroom rent price 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.