Boston Slides Down List of Most Expensive Rental Markets

The city went from the third most expensive to the fifth most expensive.
Photo by Greg DuBois

Photo by Greg DuBois

It’s not great to live in a city where you can’t avoid being reminded of how high the cost of living is. So when there’s a tiny sliver of somewhat good news, you take it.

In a new analysis from apartment rental platform Zumper, Boston slid down the list of priciest places to rent a one-bedroom apartment. The site’s most recent national rental report looked at real estate data from June to place Boston as the fifth most expensive rental market in the country.

Curbed.com pointed out that in years past, the city has clung to the number three spot, dutifully lining up behind San Francisco and New York City.

For the past few months, Zumper’s calculations show Boston’s median one-bedroom rent hovering a little below the $2,300 range. Zumper’s July report prices Boston at $2,230—only a slight decrease from past analyses. The demotion has to do with rising prices in California. San Jose and Oakland took over the third and fourth spots, at $2,280 and $2,270 respectively.

See the full list below.

  1. San Francisco, CA – $3,510
  2. New York, NY – $3,190
  3. San Jose, CA – $2,280
  4. Oakland, CA – $2,270
  5. Boston, MA – $2,230
  6. Washington, DC – $2,190
  7. Los Angeles, CA – $1,960
  8. Miami, FL – $1,900
  9. Honolulu, HI – $1,840
  10. Seattle, WA – $1,740

Madeline Bilis Associate Editor at Boston Magazine @madelinebilis
mbilis@bostonmagazine.com