Portland, like many other major cities, is known for having smaller apartment sizes than its suburban equivalents. A new analysis shows how much (or how little) flat one can rent throughout the country for $1,500 per month.
Apartment hunting on a national scale The survey, conducted by RentCafe, looked at rental costs in the 200 major American cities from coast to coast and found that the cheapest three-bedroom apartments could be found in the Sunbelt and the Midwest for $1,500 per month.
“One thing is clear, big cities do not guarantee big apartments for renters on a tight budget,” RentCafe said. “Instead, the most in-demand coastal locations tend to offer smaller spaces for the money, whereas moving away from the coasts can get you more space and more comfort on the same budget,” the author writes.
The survey found that for $1,500, one may rent an average apartment of 782 square feet throughout the country. If you’re looking for more space for the same price, you’ll have to go further than Portland, where RentCafe reports 56 percent of big cities offer more.
A 645-square-foot rental in Rose City may be had for $1,500 per month. According to the study’s authors, the typical Portland apartment is 759 square feet and rents for $1,766 per month. According to RentCafe, among all the cities in Oregon, Salem is where renters may get the best value.
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Apartment hunters in the state capital may get a home of 933 square feet for $1,500. Fellow Renters in Seattle may need to reevaluate their alternatives if they want more room, whereas those in Spokane and Vancouver, both in the Pacific Northwest, have larger apartments for this price.
According to RentCafe, a 453-square-foot apartment in Seattle can be had for $1,500 per month. The survey found that renters with this budget would be best served by looking at options in Wichita, Kansas, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Omaha, Nebraska. A 1,463-square-foot rental in Wichita, Kansas, costs $1,500 per month.