In my opinion, by far one of the most annoying parts of being an adult is renting. You're always scouting places, calculating when your lease is up and possibly debating if having a private elevator is worth eating nothing but Ramen noodles for the rest of your life (it's not). That's not even mentioning the prospect of weird roommates and/or weird landlords.
They say the #1 rule of real estate is location, location, location. When it comes to rent, this couldn't be more true. Assuming that the average rent payment is around $1,000 per month, it's actually surprising just how much or how little that amount can get you in different parts of the country. Here's a little breakdown of how far that money gets you all around this great nation of ours.
Brooklyn, New York - $1,000
Size: Studio apartment, 300 square feet.
Amenities: Hardwood floors and high ceilings and not much else. Oh, and the bathroom is communally shared with other tenants in the building.
Birmingham, Alabama - $825
Size: Two-bedroom apartment, 1,103 square feet.
Amenities: Shared pool and tennis court. Yes please!
Cleveland, Ohio - $1,175
Size: Three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath single family home.
Neighborhood: Cleveland Heights.
Amenities: It's an entire HOUSE, with a second floor. Also has a two-car garage and home security system.
Nashville, Tennessee - $1,006
Size: One-bedroom apartment, 716 square feet.
Neighborhood: River's Edge.
Amenities: Patio, shared pool, landscaped grounds.
Augusta, Georgia - $750
Size: Two-bedroom apartment on single floor of a historic, 1,100-square-foot home.
Neighborhood: Olde Town.
Amenities: Massive living room with fireplace, central air, large backyard, porch swing. If you don't move in here, I will.
New York, New York - $960
Size: Unlisted, but tiny by the look of it.
Neighborhood: Little Italy.
Amenities: Central air ... that you share with a pre-existing roommate. New York, New York: it's a heck of a town, just not for real estate prices.
Portland, Oregon - $1,275
Size: One-bedroom apartment.
Amenities: Microwave and dishwasher included, convenient location to public transport, and the off chance you may see Fred Armisen shooting "Portlandia" some day.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin - $1,075
Size: Two-bedroom apartment on single floor of a house, 1,000 square feet.
Neighborhood: Lower East Side.
Amenities: Vintage home.
Atlanta, Georgia - $1,050
Size: Studio apartment, 624 square feet.
Neighborhood: Old Fourth Ward.
Amenities: Fitness center, outdoor picnic area with barbeque, all in a trendy neighborhood.
San Francisco, California - $1,285
Size: Not large, at all.
Neighborhood: Financial District.
Amenities: This stunning domicile comes equipped with a "twin bed with NEW blankets & sheets," because that's obviously the deal-breaker here.
Asheville, North Carolina - $1,240
Size: Two-bedroom apartment, 966 square feet.
Neighborhood: North Asheville.
Amenities: Walk-in closet.
Fort Worth, Texas - $1,500
Size: Three-bedroom home, 1,163 square feet.
Neighborhood: Ryan Place
Amenities: Newly renovated, fenced yard.
Charleston, South Carolina - $1,000
Size: Unlisted but does include a balcony.
Neighborhood: James Island.
Amenities: 24-hour fitness center, pool, close proximity to Folly Beach.
Denver, Colorado - $983
Size: Two-bedroom apartment with two baths, 1,120 square feet.
Neighborhood: Village East.
Amenities: Hot tub, outdoor pool, vague sense of hope that Peyton Manning might still have a Super Bowl championship in him.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - $1,250
Size: One-bedroom apartment on single floor, 650 square feet.
Neighborhood: Walnut Hill.
Amenities: Bay window, plus all the brotherly love you can handle.
Salt Lake City, Utah - $1,000
Size: Two-bedroom apartment with two baths, 1,015 square feet.
Amenities: Gas fireplace.
Yeah, I’m definitely moving.