Top 10 U.S. States Where the Rent is Too Dang High

In which states do renters pay the highest median monthly rent?
2018 estimates. American Community Survey.
Some of these states have rent control and subsidized housing. The average rent on the open market is often quite a bit higher.
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$ / month
State
1,613
Hawaii
1,520
California
1,371
Maryland
1,336
New Jersey
1,316
Washington
$ / month
State
1,295
Massachusetts
1,289
Colorado
1,274
New York
1,215
Virginia
1,182
Florida
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Mar 20, 2020
Lowest is Arkansas at $731/month.
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Level 82
Mar 20, 2020
Whoa, when did Jimmy McMillan become the Quizmaster?
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Level 82
Mar 23, 2020
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Level 82
Apr 18, 2020
Also, you missed the perfect opportunity to put McMillan as the thumbnail.
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Level 65
Mar 23, 2020
I'm probably the one idiot who didn't say New York.
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Level 51
May 17, 2020
I put that first expecting it to be number one. I never did get number one.
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Level 80
Apr 2, 2020
Colorado made no sense to me initially. Turns out that more than half the people (2.9 million out of 5.7 million) live in metro Denver which is booming. Add in a few resort towns and it makes perfect sense.
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Level 64
May 14, 2020
Yup, and Boulder (where I lived) is even worse. A lot of people relocated from California and bought up property with cash.
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May 17, 2020
When making a similar quiz about home prices I discovered a pattern. Places with high population growth have higher prices. It's simple really. New construction is very expensive. That's why Colorado will be expensive until people stop moving there.
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Level 51
May 17, 2020
Arizona is much higher than Hawaii!! DO NOT MOVE HERE!! NO ONE!! It's also very crowded. Scorpions crawl into your shoes at night. Rattlesnakes aren't too bad. Not many people die from their bite. Oh, there's no water here either.
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Level 69
May 18, 2020
Ive heard that, Texas is just as bad if not worse, have to chase snakes out of your house daily. Do not, I repeat, do not move here if you like living.
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Level 17
May 17, 2020
More left-leaning the state, the more expensive it is. Interesting
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Level 44
May 17, 2020
Or rather, this is reflective of states containing major cities and the highly-educated Americans they attract.
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Level 15
May 17, 2020
Indeed. Progressive policies and higher taxes among everything else go hand-in-hand.
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Level 79
May 17, 2020
aka the states that people want to live in... thus by the law of supply and demand housing and real estate becomes more valuable.
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Level 62
May 18, 2020
Or rather, the states that left-leaning people want to live in. This of course isn't universally true, but most conservatives want nothing to do with urban areas.
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Level 79
May 18, 2020
You don't get how population density works, do you?
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Level 80
May 18, 2020
Hawaii is not as left as everyone thinks it is. Part of the problem for the disparity in housing costs is that there simply isn't enough, and the most recent attempts at "affordable housing" in Honolulu have been bought up by Chinese and Russian oligarchs. ("Affordable" in Hawaii means a single-family, two bedroom condo that starts well north of $600k.) But in terms of policy, it's a pretty socially conservative place. Hence, Tulsi.
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Level 35
May 17, 2020
Went into this telling myself Virginia is definitely on here. Guess what state I missed.
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Level 82
May 17, 2020
Maryland, right?
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Level 79
May 17, 2020
It's really the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area that is expensive.
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Level 45
May 17, 2020
Interesting! Here in UK if you looked at counties with highest rent, the southeast and West Country would feature mainly I think... maybe the odd exception for certain cities elsewhere 🤔 Anyone want to make that one?
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Level 28
May 21, 2020
What about alaska?