By Graci Woodworth, Storage.com
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Living in a major city comes with an endless list of perks, including glittering skylines, vibrant atmospheres, and food that you’ll surely call home about. What’s not so great, though, is the price tag tacked onto your smaller-than-expected apartment. Take a look below to learn more about the most expensive cities for renting an apartment and just how far you can hope to stretch your dollar in each.
11. SEATTLE, WA.
The Emerald City is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. with a rising population of 652,405. But much to the dismay of residents, cost of living in Seattle has crept up to 20.8% above the national average. In this swelling city, you can expect $1,434 as the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment.
10. SAN DIEGO, CA.
There’s no doubt about it—San Diegans pay the price for their charming beach-culture. With a climbing 1.36 million residents, overall cost of living in San Diego sits 22.8% above the national average. The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Diego will be somewhere near $1,537.
9. WASHINGTON, D.C.
The nation’s capital has a population of 658,893 but stealthily surpasses one million during the workweek. When it comes to cost of living, Washington D.C. is 24.3% over the national average. To score a one-bedroom apartment in Washington, D.C., you’ll have to budget for an average of $1,738 a month.
8. LOS ANGELES, CA.
The City of Angels falls second only to New York City when it comes to most populous cities in America, clocking in at 3.88 million residents. Because it’s such a popular destination for coastal living, cost of living in Los Angeles is 18.7% higher than the national average, and the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment is estimated at $1,814.
7. HONOLULU, HI.
Honolulu hits the charts with a consolidated city and county population of 953,207, taking the title of the largest city in the state. Overall cost of living in Hawaii’s capital city is 49.4% above the national average. Renting a one-bedroom apartment in Honolulu will cost you around $1,844 each month.
6. BOSTON, MA.
The historic city of Boston harbors a population of 645,966 with overall cost of living at 21.2% above the national average. If you’re thinking about relocating to The Walking City, you’ll find that the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment falls around $2,054.
5. STAMFORD, CT.
Considered part of the Greater New York metro, Stamford has a compact population of 128,278 residents. While it’s smaller and slightly more affordable than its NYC neighbor, Stamford’s cost of living is 36.9% over the national average. If you want a one-bedroom apartment in Stamford, you’ll have to shell out an average monthly rent of $2,072.
4. SAN JOSE, CA.
Holding around 1 million residents and claiming the third largest population in the state of California, the city of San Jose is nicknamed “Capital of Silicon Valley.” Its cost of living is 48.2% higher than the national average. And while it does have a little more room to breathe than other cities in the Bay Area, a one-bedroom apartment in San Jose can be yours for an average monthly rent of $2,300.
3. NEW YORK CITY, NY.
New York City residents will tell you first-hand that housing prices in the country’s most populated city aren’t exactly a steal. With a total population of 8.41 million, the overall cost of living in NYC is 30.2% above the national average. Those looking to claim a one-bedroom apartment in the Big Apple can anticipate an average monthly rent near $2,973.
2. OAKLAND, CA.
Located just across the bay from San Francisco, the city of Oakland has a population of 406,253. The overall cost of living in the East Bay rivals that of San Francisco at 37.3% above the national average. Securing a one-bedroom apartment in Oakland will cost you an average of $3,078 a month.
1. SAN FRANCISCO, CA.
It’s no surprise that San Francisco is at the top of the charts when it comes to most expensive cities to call home. As of 2014, the population estimate was at a healthy 852,469, which translates to more than 18,000 people squeezing into every square mile. You won’t get too far with your dollar in The City by the Bay, as cost of living is 48.8% above the national average, and a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco will cost you around $3,100 per month on average.