Central cores and entertainment districts. High-tech edge cities and high-end residential towers. Some are near mountains, some along waterfronts and others in the hearts of their downtowns. The most expensive neighborhoods for renters in each state in America are an eclectic mix of big cities, bedroom communities and satellite suburbs.
But what they mostly all have in common is a rising young professional population, convenience to business districts, transportation infrastructure and trendy dining and nightlife.
From dense downtown Bellevue in Washington to Miami's swanky Brickell district in Florida, here's a rundown of the most expensive neighborhoods in which to rent an average one-bedroom apartment in all 50 states (and D.C.).
In the mid-20th century, Huntsville came of age, specifically the Space Age, as The Rocket City became the site of early U.S. space program development. Today, Downtown Huntsville is a modern, bustling Southern city.
Museums like Constitution Village, Huntsville Museum of Art and Early Work's Children's Museum offer much for the family, as does Big Spring International Park, home of the Panoply Arts Festival and Big Spring Jam.
Downtown is also the heart of the Huntsville Craft Beer Trail, with eight craft breweries and four craft beer stores.
A one-bedroom apartment in Downtown runs an average of $1,473.
In Alaska, like no other state, convenience in getting from faraway place to faraway place is an important feature in choosing where to live. The Anchorage neighborhood of Spenard is just off Anchorage International Airport, a key to the neighborhood's cache.
But the district has a long history prior to that. As a separate city from Anchorage up until 1975, Spenard still feels like its own city, a feature important to locals.
Several hotels line International Airport Road and Spenard between the airport and town and feature the expected bars and restaurants for travelers and locals alike. But the primary nightlife and entertainment district lies at the northeast corner of the neighborhood along West Northern Lights Boulevard.
The remainder of Spenard is primarily residential, spotted with industrial parks and public parks. It will cost you $906 a month on average for a one-bedroom to live in the most expensive neighborhood in the Last Frontier.
With 2,600 businesses and more than 55,000 employees, the Airpark neighborhood of Scottsdale has become the economic hub of the Phoenix metro area. The neighborhood surrounding the Scottsdale Airport, one of the busiest single-runway airports in America, has grown significantly in the last 15 years.
This influx of workers from companies like GoDaddy and Vanguard has helped Airpark become Arizona's most expensive neighborhood.
It's a good thing business is booming in Airpark, as the average rent for a one-bedroom unit comes in at $1,906.
The Arkansas state capital's River Market District sits at the northeast corner of downtown along the Arkansas River at I-35. The heart of the trendy shopping and entertainment district is Ottenheimer Market Hall, a collection of restaurants and grocery vendors from a multitude of cuisines.
Just to the east of the Market is the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, the 42nd Commander-In-Chief's Presidential library.
As home to First Security Amphitheater, Riverfront Park and the Arkansas River Trail, River Market is an in-demand residential area, where $935 is the average monthly price for a one-bedroom.
In the heart of San Francisco's tech industry, Rincon Hill is not just the most expensive neighborhood in California, but in all of the U.S. One of San Francisco's original “Seven Hills," Rincon Hill has been expensive property since the California Gold Rush.
But the Silicon Rush began in earnest in the 1990s after the Embarcadero Freeway was removed (following the Loma Prieta earthquake) and by 2005, rezoning made space for 10,000 residents in both walk-up townhouses and towering residential skyscrapers.
If you want to reside close to high-salary jobs at tech giants like Google San Francisco, Dropbox and FitBit and near the city's Financial District, it will cost you. Specifically a whopping $4,794 a month on average for a one-bedroom unit.
Most of Belcaro's 4,300 inhabitants reside in large ranch houses or inside the large Polo Grounds gated community in the center of the neighborhood. But if you can find yourself a nice rental, you'll be rewarded with curvy tree-lined streets surrounding majestic homes.
On the west side of the neighborhood is the charming Bonnie Brae shopping district, the trendy Belcaro Shopping Center, the historic Phipps Mansion and a series of beautiful parks along Cherry Creek.
But life in this quaint southeast Denver neighborhood comes at a price. A Belcaro one-bedroom apartment rents for an average of $2,517 a month.
If you're all about the boating life, there's no better — or more expensive — spot in the Nutmeg State than Stamford's Harbor Point. South of downtown and the Stamford Transportation Center, the Point's peninsula juts out into Long Island Sound, where you'll find dozens of jetties and marinas.
One of the largest redevelopment projects in the U.S., Harbor Point features 2,400 new apartment units including a half-dozen high-rise apartment towers sprinkled throughout the neighborhood.
The New York City bedroom community offers residents a waterfront boardwalk, a number of beautiful public parks and well as a plethora of shops and restaurants, including the Connecticut location of juke joint chain Dinosaur BBQ.
Whether you're commuting into Manhattan or working in the massive Stamford financial district, an average one-bedroom lease will run you a pricey monthly average of $2,192.
Just off downtown and between DuPont Circle, Georgetown and Foggy Bottom, D.C.'s West End is home to international embassies, upscale hotels and residences of politicos and lobbyists alike.
The Northwest Quadrant neighborhood along K Street rapidly gentrified in recent years, with hundreds of luxury condominiums and apartments newly opened or under construction nearby fashionable shops and fine dining restaurants.
But if you wish to live alongside the embassies of Qatar, Tanzania and Spain, you'll have to negotiate your own economic trade deal as rents reach $3,532 for an average one-bedroom unit.
As its name implies, the Wilmington Riverfront sits along the downtown curve of the Christiana River, a former shipyard turned into a residential, recreational and retail enclave in the early '90s.
The Riverwalk stretches the entire length of the neighborhood's waterfront, with stops along the way at several parks, the Delaware Theatre Company, the Delaware Children's Museum, a trampoline park, numerous trendy outlet shops and restaurants and the Wilmington Blue Rocks' Daniel S. Frawley Stadium.
In recent years, several high-rise luxury apartment buildings have sprung up, leading to a rental boom, with an average one-bedroom priced at $1,545 a month.
Among a plethora of upscale neighborhoods from South Beach to Coral Gables, Key Biscayne and Bal Harbor, it's the South Florida financial district of Brickell that tops them all as the Sunshine State's most expensive.
Brickell, just south of the downtown core, is a land of high-rise luxury apartment and condominium towers. Skyscrapers line the Biscayne Bay shoreline, but the heartbeat of the neighborhood is the Brickell Avenue artery which is lined with upscale and chic restaurants, shops and bars.
From the penthouses of the South Channel shore to the private home apartments of South Brickell, nothing in the neighborhood is cheap. A steep $2,730 a month is the average for a one-bedroom rental.
While the swanky Buckhead neighborhood gets much of the press, it's trendy Midtown Atlanta that's just recently moved ahead as Georgia's most expensive rental neighborhood. The central “second downtown" is the cultural heart of Atlanta, with the highest density of arts and cultural venues in the Southeast, including the Woodruff Arts Center, High Museum of Art and the historic Fox Theatre.
Midtown's vast Piedmont Park hosts some of Atlanta's biggest annual events including Atlanta Pride, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival and Music Midtown.
With its convenience in public transportation, the Peachtree-centered street grid and dining and entertainment options, Midtown has exploded with residential and rental development over the last three decades. But living there will run you an average of $2,040 a month for a one-bedroom in this hopping neighborhood.
Let's not kid ourselves. If you're going to make the move to Hawaii, do it right. Sure, the posh hotels and beach bods of downtown Honolulu are the latitude of McGarrett, Danno and Magnum, P.I.
But if you're looking for the perfect Oahu getaway, look a little higher up in the hills at Moanalua alongside the sprawling Tripler Army Medical Center, historic Fort Shafter and Moanalua Gardens, the former home of King Kamehameha V.
Tucked inside the rut valley pleats carved by ancient volcanos are curvy streets of single-family residences and apartment complexes.
Say aloha to your new one-bedroom, which comes at an average of $2,148 a month.
If you think that Idaho is all about potatoes, you'd be … mostly right. Of course, the famous spuds are still king, but today's Boise is the fastest-growing metro area in America.
The city has become both a hub for tech start-ups and a new population for Silicon Valley giants to mine new employees, leading to a Downtown Boise building and population boom, especially among millennials.
And as in Seattle or Austin or other tech towns, trendy shops, cafes and entertainment options followed. You'll find many along newly-hip 8th Street leading up to the State Capital building, and on the Boise River waterfront at Julia Davis Park, home to Zoo Boise and the Discovery Center of Idaho.
As population and salaries increase, so do rental rates. A one-bedroom Downtown lists at an average of $1,346 per month.
Navy Pier. The Magnificent Mile. The Water Tower. The Drake. John Hancock Center. The biggest names and most famous places in Chicago all exist in one neighborhood: Streeterville. The Near North Side community is the place for the upper class in The Windy City (even Oprah lived here, at Water Tower Place until 2015).
Want to be close to the economic hub of Chicago? The Loop is just across the bridge. Need to be near the beach? Ohio Street Beach is in the neighborhood and Oak Street Beach is just up Lake Shore.
Hitting upscale retail, dining and entertainment? Michigan Avenue's Mag Mile has three million square feet of shops, restaurants, museums and hotels right at your doorstep. Want to get your party on? Rush Street, Chicago's nightlife district, sits on the western edge.
For all you get, the price of an average one-bedroom rental in Streeterville, $2,860 a month, isn't all that bad.
Downtown Indianapolis is a vast stretch the of Indiana state capital, from Fall Creek to Fountain Square. But the heart of downtown is the 6.5-square-mile box bounded by North, South, East and West Streets known as Mile Square.
With The Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Monument Circle and the Indiana State House at the center, the district features the home venues of the Pacers and Colts, the Indiana Convention Center, several urban parks, a number of national restaurant chains and a bevy of hotels.
In Downtown, just west of Mile Square, alongside the NCAA's national headquarters and Hall of Champions, is the open green space of White River State Park and Central Canal, featuring the Indianapolis Zoo, an open-air amphitheater and an IMAX movie theater.
Whether concentrated in Mile Square or spread out elsewhere in Downtown Indy, Hoosier life is affordable, with a one-bedroom apartment averaging $1,306 monthly.
In 2014, Des Moines was named the top “up-and-coming downtown" by Fortune, and the city's fortunes have only increased from there. Mostly known as an insurance industry enclave, Des Moines has expanded into a Midwestern tech hub full of internet start-ups, venture capitalists and app incubators. This has increased Downtown Des Moines' millennial street cred, along with its three James Beard Award semi-finalist restaurants.
It also boasts the recreational Principal Riverwalk along the river and grand Western Gateway Park, home to the unique Pappajohn Sculpture Park, the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden and the annual Des Moines Arts and 80/35 Music Festivals.
Two things the residents of Downtown Des Moines want you to know: First, you don't pronounce either last “S." Second, it's super affordable. For just an average of $1,087 a month, you can get a nice one-bedroom rental.
Shawnee-Mission is not a neighborhood, per se, but a collection of upscale towns that make up the heart of Johnson County, Kansas. This Kansas City suburban region along Johnson Drive and I-35 is one of the most exclusive in the Midwest.
Towns like Overland Park, Fairway, Prairie Village, Merriam, Lenexa, Leawood and the aforementioned Shawnee and Mission feature some of the most in-demand real estate, residential subdivisions and rental properties in the Central U.S. And the town of Mission is the top of the heap.
The former Santa Fe Trail outpost is now full of sprawling suburban homes on large lots, interspersed with little league parks and sit-down fast-casual restaurants.
The Kansas City bedroom community is just 10 minutes from downtown K.C. and five miles from the Missouri border, where a one-bedroom rental runs $1,755 on average per month.
As the name would suggest, Mainstrasse is the historically-German neighborhood of Covington, KY, centered around Main Street. The byway is lined with German-themed shops, bier bars and schnitzel stops interspersed with more modern gifts shops, bistros and brewpubs.
And bisecting Main Street is the tree-lined George Steinford Park, leading right up to a 100-foot tall Gothic German clock tower with bells and glockenspiels that can be heard over the river into downtown Cincinnati.
Northern Kentucky might be a world away from its Cincinnati neighbor, but with an average one-bedroom apartment going for $1,532, it might be a perfect alternative.
If your game is amazing food, a plethora of bars, gaggles of people and music coming off of every single corner, living in New Orleans' French Quarter might be for you. Sure, you'll have to deal with throngs of tourists keeping you from getting to work (or getting a beignet and chickory at Café du Monde), but living in the most fun part of the nation's most fun city comes with advantages. And even if you aren't a Nawlins party animal, the Quarter offers more than just Bourbon Street.
As the oldest section of the city, there's history galore, along with numerous museums and monuments. And along the Mississippi are Crescent and Woldenberg Parks, as well as retail shopping at the upscale Outlet Collection at Riverwalk.
For $1,903 on average for a one-bedroom, you can laissez les bons temps rouler every month.
At the toe of Portland, Maine's, peninsula into Casco Bay is the neighborhood known as East End. East End is, well, at the east end of the peninsula, and is primarily made up of the Munjoy Hill district and the Eastern Promenade waterfront.
Munjoy Hill is a quaint residential New England neighborhood north of downtown including low-rise apartment buildings and single-family homes for rent, dotted with several trendy cafes and eateries.
The district is prominent in the craft beer scene, with several breweries including Austin Street Brewery, Lone Pine Brewing, Oxbow Brewing Company, Maine Mead Works, Urban Farm Fermentory & Gruit Brewing and many more. The namesake hill overlooks downtown and the Portland Harbor, with the historic Portland Observatory at its apex.
And at the tip of the peninsula is the Eastern Promenade, a historic park and recreation area that rings the entire waterfront. “East Prom" features two miles of running and cycling trails, several athletic fields, playgrounds, a boat launch and the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum. At the easternmost point is East End Beach, a sandy strip popular with sunseekers, kayakers and dog owners.
The peninsula, originally called Machigonne, meaning "Great Neck," is one of Portland's most desirable neighborhoods. But to live near the beach and the brewpubs, you'll have to shell out an average of $2,013 for a one-bedroom rental.
Inner Harbor is just that: Baltimore's downtown tourist district harbor enclosing the northern branch of the Patapsco River, encompassing the land area along the riverside from Jones Falls to the bend at the Marine Center.
While surrounding neighborhoods like Harbor East, Fells Point and Federal Hill have become much trendier in recent years, old reliable Inner Harbor proper — Cheesecake Factory, Hooters, the Ripley's Museum and all — remains the place to be.
So, at the end of the day, when tourists head back to the hotel from their crab shack dinner smelling of Old Bay, you can saunter off to your centrally-located home.
Very few (or any) rental residences exist in the Inner Harbor neighborhood proper, so those that come to market are in demand, explaining a steep $2,282 monthly average rent for a one-bedroom.
Tucked neatly in between downtown and Southie, Boston's Seaport District occupies the point of the Main Channel peninsula formed by the Reserve Channel and the Bass River. The Seaport District is equal parts Boston Harbor commercial shipping port and trendy waterfront development.
Interspersed among the docks and shipyards are swank hotels, retail pier shopping, upscale seafood restaurants and new mid-rise waterfront residences and rentals. And getting around Beantown couldn't be easier as the Massachusetts Turnpike cuts right through the neighborhood before the Big Dig tunnel takes you under the channel right to Logan Airport.
The gorgeous neighborhood certainly is not the blue-collar South Boston of legend, and a mammoth $3,736 a month for an average one-bedroom proves the point.
In 1922, G.M. opened the General Motors Building on Grant Avenue. And for the next seven decades, the surrounding New Center neighborhood doubled as a corporate business campus for it.
But when the company left the area in the 1990s, the neighborhood was ripe for development. The G.M. building became Cadillac Place, a high-rise office complex, and the neighborhood around it became in-demand property.
New business development around the old buildings and the historic Fisher Building and Theater has brought in newer, younger residents to modern apartment complexes on the edge of the neighborhood.
G.M.'s Billy Durant wouldn't recognize most of his old 'hood. And he certainly couldn't comprehend shelling out $1,763 a month, the cost of an average one-bedroom lease.
With Cedar Lake on one edge, Lake of the Isles on another and Dean Parkway running through, the Minneapolis neighborhood of Cedar-Isles-Dean is pretty easy to find on a map.
The neighborhood sits on the far western end of the city of Minneapolis away from much of the bustle, which may contribute to its spot as one of the most affluent. Along the shore of Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) sits the North Beach, with its small sandy shore, running trails and boat launch.
Just across the street from the beach is the commercial district of Cedar-Isles-Dean, featuring stores, restaurants, condominiums and apartment complexes. The rest of the neighborhood is flush with parks, inlets and tract housing.
Want to live in Minneapolis and still be able to walk to the beach? Be ready to pony up $2,009 a month for an average one-bedroom.
In most cities, the prized property is on the shore, overlooking a spectacular beach. But in Biloxi, the more affluent residents have eschewed the tourist- and casino-laden Gulf shore for the residential bliss of North Biloxi.
The quiet peninsula formed by the Biloxi River, Mullet Lake and Little Big Lake is almost entirely residential and park-land, as well as the Sunkist Country Club along its western side, and lightly suburban farther out east. Residents enjoy the peaceful seclusion, but the beach is always just a few minutes away across Popps Ferry Bridge.
An average one bedroom in North Biloxi is a diminutive $756 a month, less than some of the fancy Gulf casinos charge for a night.
In 1923, Kansas City's Country Club Plaza opened, considered by most to be the world's first planned commuter shopping center. Over the years, the retail space at The Plaza became more upscale and the area a tourist destination with grand holiday celebrations.
South Plaza is not that. Just over Brush Creek from the Plaza, the South Plaza neighborhood is a residential enclave that just happens to have Gucci and Michael Kors as neighbors.
The north end of the tree-lined neighborhood is ripe with mid-rise condos and apartment buildings sprinkled with ice cream shops, sub spots and green space. It's a neighborhood popular with families and young professionals alike, as well as a dusting of college student life, with the University of Missouri at Kansas City just over the eastern border.
In one of the few places in America where next to a shopping center is where well-off residents actually wish to rent, an average one-bedroom lease comes in at $1,706 a month.
Forming most of the western edge of Montana's biggest city is the Billings neighborhood of Shiloh. The area is mostly residential with a mix of homes and apartment complexes.
Along Grand Avenue sits several restaurants, the Yegan Golf Club and, yes, two of Billings' casinos. At the heart of Billings' booming economy are growing business centers on Shiloh's south end including TransTech Center, Shiloh Business Park and the planned Gabel Road Commercial Center. And along Shiloh Road by City College, a $34 million, 144-unit apartment and retail complex is coming.
If you want to get in on the Billings boom, now is the time as a one-bedroom apartment averages just $844 monthly.
First, let's get this out of the way: Aksarben is Nebraska spelled backward. Don't blame the residents. It was named by the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben back in the 19th century.
The combined Aksarben-Elmwood Park neighborhood is largely residential, with commercial development along the border streets of Saddle Creek, Center and 72nd. Much of the developed Aksarben side is built on the site of the former Ak-Sar-Ben Race Track and Coliseum.
This area houses both the University of Nebraska at Omaha and College of Saint Mary, along with Aksarben Village, a planned community with retail, entertainment spots, a hotel and 500 residential spaces.
The Elmwood Park side is lined with suburban housing in the shadow of the large eponymous park, featuring the annual Shakespeare on the Green festival and the century-old Elmwood Park Pavilion.
You don't have to read backward to set up shop in Aksarben-Elmwood Park, but you do have to pony up an average of $1,311 a month for a one-bedroom pad.
Indeed, the most expensive neighborhood in Nevada is not in or around Las Vegas. It's Summit Sierra on the extreme south end of Reno, The Biggest Little City in the World. Why? That can be summed up in one word: Skiing.
Summit Sierra is a sparse neighborhood, but it lies in between Interstate 580 and the Mount Rose ski resort and is also nearby several other ranges, peaks and resorts on the eastern end of Lake Tahoe.
Full-time residents can also enjoy several golf courses and country clubs with the Sierra Nevada Mountains as a backdrop, as well as commercial development around the Summit Reno shopping center and movie theater.
Living mostly off the beaten path but with spectacular views and access to skiing is going to cost you. The limited number of one-bedroom units average a monthly rent of $1,450.
At the notch that creates the southeast corner of New Hampshire at the Massachusetts border is Salem. As bucolic as that sounds, Salem has become a retail and commercial enclave, taking advantage of its location as the first New Hampshire town along I-93, the only state in the Northeast without sales tax.
The city also houses the popular Canobie Lake amusement park as well as “The Rock," NASCAR's Rockingham Speedway racetrack and the small city of businesses around its campus.
The unique tourist opportunities of Salem have attracted residents to the city's North End, just far away enough to revel in the beauty of New England but close enough to enjoy the city's attractions.
While the North End is mostly residential and parks, it does also feature “America's Stonehenge," a significant archaeological site that may also be an ancient celestial calendar.
There's a lot to do and see in this relatively woodsy part of New England, which is why rents average out at $1,841 for a one-bedroom rental.
For those that want to live in New York, but don't want to live in New York, Jersey City is a perfect alternative across the Hudson. Tucked neatly between the skyscrapers of the Jersey City waterfront and I-78, downtown Jersey City is a community of Wall Street players and business executives who prefer to reside outside of Manhattan and commute to work.
But Jersey City isn't just an NYC bedroom community. Downtown is a bustling, smaller city that never sleeps, with bistros, pubs and shopping just as trendy and fancy as much of Manhattan or Brooklyn along Newark Avenue, just a little more affordable.
Most of downtown features low-rise brownstones and duplexes, with historic homes around Hamilton and Van Vorst Parks and upscale new construction near the neighborhood's PATH station.
With just a five-to-10 minute train ride under the Hudson to the New York Financial District, it's no surprise rents are gigantic. You'll have to shell out $3,109 a month for an average one-bedroom downtown.
Uptown Albuquerque is a story of two neighborhoods. North of I-40 is nearly entirely service industry business and the Coronado Center, ABQ Uptown and Winrock Town Center malls.
South of the interstate is almost exclusively single-family homes astride grid system streets. But along the highway corridor and around the edges of the community are a flutter of apartment buildings and rental units. The convenience to shopping, restaurants and services outside of downtown has raised this neighborhood's profile.
The cost of living in the Southwest is reasonable, as is the average monthly rental rate of $1,084 for a one-bedroom unit.
So, where does one find the most expensive neighborhood in one of the most expensive cities in America? In the Financial District? Around Trump Tower on West 57th? Rooftop gardens in SoHo?
It's actually the blocks from 31st to 36th, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues known as Koreatown. It's where the Empire State Building stands, chain stores for tourists mix with fashionable shopping and pubs and beloved coffee-and-conversation spot Greeley Square Park.
The neighborhood sits on five blocks of 5th Avenue storefront along with two cut-through blocks of Broadway and offers the best Korean cuisine and grocery in America along Korea Way. Apartments in this grid are high-end and high-priced, with views at and into the fourth tallest building in the nation.
The historically Korean neighborhood retains a large ethnic population, but all are welcome if you can afford it. A one-bedroom apartment averages a stunning $4,300 a month.
Uptown Charlotte, as the Queen City's CBD is known, is divided into four diamond-shaped neighborhoods designated wards one through four. And the northernmost diamond is the Fourth Ward.
The ward is primarily residential, including many antebellum Victorian homes. The south half of the district features a number of dining and drink establishments along Tryon Street, as well as Discovery Place Science Museum, the beautiful Fourth Ward Park and historic Old Settlers Cemetery.
And the northern half is dominated by the giant Pinewood and Elmwood Cemeteries, right across the street from the AvidxChange Music Factory complex featuring the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre and Fillmore Charlotte.
Banking and energy industry jobs rule this part of town, pushing rental rates up to $2,159 for an average one-bedroom.
While the Coen Brothers movie put Fargo on the map for most people (even though most of the film takes place in Minnesota), its history is long. The entire Downtown Fargo district secured a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in the '80s, with 88 listed sites including the Grand Lodge of North Dakota, Ancient Order of United Workmen, Northern Pacific Railway Depot and Fargo Theatre.
But contemporary spots, such as Statue of Liberty and Dike East Parks, and their walking and biking trails, the Pickled Parrot Casino and bars and restaurants along Broadway have attracted young professionals and renters to the region.
Ranked by Forbes as “The Best Small Place for Business and Careers," $1,143 a month will get you an average one-bedroom rental.
What brings higher-end apartment seekers to the area of Cleveland affectionately known as “The Circle?" Just pick from among any of the dozens of entertainment and cultural venues within its borders, one of the densest concentrations of such attractions in the nation.
This includes spots like the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Orchestra, Institute of Music, Botanical Garden, Museum of Natural History and, of course, Case Western Reserve University, the neighborhood's primary namesake. But what really brought everyone to University Circle is the 1,000 new jobs added to the neighborhood each year in the last decade and a half.
Thirty-thousand jobs stuffed into a low population density neighborhood have made rental units in demand. In The Circle, a one-bedroom unit runs an average of $1,935 monthly.
While Oklahoma City's Bricktown district has been a nightlife hub since the turn of the millennium, it was never the friendliest spot to live. Enter the reclaimed, redeveloped neighborhood of Midtown to check off all the live-work-play boxes.
The area surrounding St. Anthony's, the city's largest hospital, rose from urban blight to become a resident- and renter-friendly walkable community of trendy restaurants, sidewalk cafes and outdoor festivals. Apartments and duplexes have sprung up in areas around the Oklahoma Flower Market, the artsy SoSA block and more.
Life is “OK" in OKC's Midtown, and to shack up in an average one-bedroom apartment will cost you $1,284 a month.
North of downtown and across the Broadway Bridge from both the previous and current homes of the Trailblazers is the former warehouse and railyard district of Pearl. Like other reclaimed industrial areas around the nation, when rezoned for residential use, first the artists came, then the restaurants and cafes, then the developers, then the ritzy apartments.
But being Portland, the upscale community and the arts community exist together seamlessly, with both high-rise residential towers and warehouse lofts dotting the neighborhood.
Points of interest in the area come from Powell's City of Books, the largest independent bookstore in the world, and North Park Blocks city park to the Cosmopolitan on the Park and The Yards At Union Station apartments. And, of course, there's a Whole Foods.
With Pearl being named one of “The 15 Coolest Neighborhoods In The World," a pricey $2,460 average a month for a one-bedroom isn't a surprise.
The busy strip of Philadelphia's downtown, running west from Broad Street to the Schuylkill River, is an in-demand spot for shoppers, foodies, coffee lovers and renters alike.
Center City West offers premiere shopping along Walnut, Chestnut and Market Streets, some of Philly's most beloved cafes and essential restaurants, as well as several of the nation's tallest skyscrapers, including One and Two Liberty Place.
Cherished dog-walking and people-watching spot Rittenhouse Square sits among Center City West's rental towers. A laugh is always around the corner with Helium Comedy Club, Adrienne Theater and Philly Improv Theater occupying the same Sansom Street block. And along the river is the beautiful Schuylkill Banks park, a green space for trail running, riverboat tours, free movies on the water and more.
High-end rentals and popular parks abound in the neighborhood, yet it's just a reasonable $2,461 a month for an average one-bedroom.
Encircled by the confluence of where the Woonasquatucket and Moshassuck form the Providence River and Interstate 95, Downtown Providence is Rhode Island's economic and cultural core as well as its capital.
The removal of a large rail yard in the mid-1980s precipitated massive growth and unified a segmented downtown into a cohesive neighborhood. The region features the State House, Capitol Center and the waterfront Waterplace Park north of the Woonasquatucket, and Johnson & Wales University on the south edge of Downcity.
In the center is the business and nightlife hub featuring Providence Place mall, Dunkin' Donuts Center sports arena, Rhode Island Convention Center, the financial center along the river and the city's bar, restaurant and music district. Here, as well, is the concentration of Downtown Providence's apartment buildings and loft rentals.
An average one-bedroom apartment in the biggest city in the smallest state can be had for $1,751 a month.
Separated from the Cooper River by a massive rail, ship and container yard, the East Side of the Downtown Charleston peninsula is — unlike most neighborhoods on this list — nearly entirely residential.
Its proximity to the dining and nightlife district of NoMo, the waterfront of Charleston Harbor and the campus of College of Charleston make it a desirable neighborhood for residents.
But options are increasing, with a number of city parks, a sprinkling of breweries and beer gardens and the trendy new Cigar Factory retail, dining and rental unit building. The plethora of single-family rentals, duplexes and apartment complexes have increased population and raised rental prices.
The quiet neighborhood offers one-bedroom apartments at a monthly average of $1,865.
Downtown Rapid City may be best known for its 42 lifesized bronze statues of the first 42 U.S. Presidents, occupying 42 street corners. But the district south of Omaha Street is slowly becoming a hotspot for new young professional residents and the restaurants, cafes and pubs that follow.
There's plenty of recreation downtown, as well, including the Dahl Arts Center and the Lakota Dream Museum, and Main Street Square with its dancing fountains, a popular public space featuring outdoor movies, concerts and ice skating.
The budding hipster downtown now features more than 80 shops and 30 restaurants. This redevelopment follows a population increase and a new demand for housing. Detached houses for rent and low-rise apartment buildings pepper downtown Rapid City, where a low $717 a month snags you an average one-bedroom unit.
Radiating from Vanderbilt University towards downtown, West End Avenue and Broadway cut an entertainment and nightlife triangle through the neighborhood known as Midtown.
Students from the west, musicians from the south and business execs from the east form an eclectic mix of residents as you radiate out from Music Row's clubs and restaurants.
The walkable neighborhood features a number of low-rise apartment buildings and renovated complexes, all a convenient distance from both the university and downtown destinations like the Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame, State Capitol and venues for the Predators and Titans. But more importantly, Midtown is the home of the original location of Hattie B's Hot Chicken, at 19th and Broadway.
Midtown is alive with music on a nightly basis, but it's no place for struggling musicians, with a one-bedroom averaging $2,031 a month for a lease.
In 2012, Ross Perot, Jr. (the son of that Ross Perot) opened a brand new micro-city, a planned neighborhood that sprung up nearly overnight in a relatively unused neighborhood surrounding the Mavericks and Stars' arena.
The community christened Victory Park sits among the highways just across the Woodall Rodgers Freeway and along I-35E from the famous Dallas West End and Dealey Plaza.
The neighborhood is a carefully-curated collection of high-end chain retail, classy restaurants, nightclubs, the Dallas House of Blues, art galleries, American Airlines Arena, giant communal video screens to watch the games on and several high-rise condo and apartment buildings.
If you're interested in walking out your front door, hitting a pre-game party on a plaza, walking into a playoff game or walking just down the block to your front door, Victory Park is just for you.
And if Mr. Perot's vision was to create a neighborhood so high-end that it would become the most expensive in the entire Lone Star State, mission accomplished. An average one-bedroom here will set you back $2,505 a month.
Just six years after Brigham Young first led his followers into the area that is now Salt Lake City, the neighborhood of Sugar House was founded, one of the city's first. Cutting a diagonal swath through the region, the large Sugar House Park and its Country Club golf course (built on the former site of Utah's first prison), dominate the neighborhood's geography.
Directly across the street from the park's main plateau are Sugar House Center and The Commons, the area's commercial district around Hidden Hollow Park, replete with upscale retail chains and family-friendly restaurants. And in 2013, much of the surrounding area was redeveloped into several apartment buildings with ground floor shopping.
Wanna get away? Sugar House is just a half hour from the ski slopes of Park City and an hour from Sugarloaf.
To be convenient to world-class skiing and just 15 minutes from downtown, it's surprisingly affordable, with just $1,482 snagging you an average one-bedroom.
Sandwiched between the University of Vermont and the Burlington Bay of Lake Champlain north of downtown is Burlington's Old North End neighborhood. The oldest and most densely populated neighborhood in Burlington, Old North End is becoming a magnet for millennials and young professionals, and trendy shops and bakeries have accompanied them, opening regularly along North Street and Winooski Avenue.
The neighborhood sits directly north of the Church Street Marketplace, a four-block pedestrian mall filled with restaurants, cafes and retail, and an overflow of Marketplace business is increasingly creeping into Old North End past Pearl Street.
Old North End has several municipal parks, as well as a waterfront along the bay featuring a walking trail, dog park, sailing center and beautiful views of the Adirondack Mountains in New York across the lake.
Several apartment buildings dot the district, particularly along North Street, as do small apartment complexes and detached rental homes. A one-bedroom apartment here in Ben & Jerry's country will cost you $1,263 a month on average.
What Jersey City is to New York City, Alexandria is to Washington, D.C. Both cities sit in adjoining states just across the river from the nearby metropolis. And like Jersey City's financial-district professionals that commute daily into the city, Alexandria's population is dominated by government and military civil servants who work in D.C. and the surrounding Virginia and Maryland federal installations.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Defense maintains several facilities right in town. Alexandria's downtown is Old Town proper, filled with retail shops, restaurants, antique stores and historic theaters.
But just north along the Potomac, Old Town North is quieter and primarily residential, with several hotels scattered throughout. The walkable neighborhood also features a gorgeous waterfront lined with three adjacent parks, Tide Lock, Rivergate City and Oronoco Bay, connected by running and biking trails.
Several apartment complexes convenient to the water dot the neighborhood, attracting local renters and D.C. commuters. A one-bedroom here is pricey, at $2,749 a month on average.
Despite zillionaire Jeff Bezos' Amazon dominating a good chunk of downtown Seattle, the most expensive neighborhood in Washington State is not in the Emerald City. Instead, it's the downtown core of Seattle satellite city Bellevue.
The neighborhood is just a half-hour drive from Amazonia across Lake Washington, but not being in the same 'hood as Amazon might be what makes it so attractive. While Seattle is ruled by Amazon, several corporations make Downtown Bellevue home including Paccar, Expedia, Eddie Bauer and several video game and software companies. All those employees and executives, plus those commuting into Seattle, have raised the profile and the rental rates of high-rise apartment buildings and complexes in downtown Bellevue.
But the area has plenty of amenities to offer the 12,000 residents, as well. Office buildings and high-rise apartments dominate the city center along the 405 freeway, with a trio of adjacent shopping centers — the sprawling Bellevue Square, high-rise Lincoln Square and boutique retail Bellevue Place — right next door. The beautiful rose-filled Downtown Park is just a couple block away from the Whalers Cove waterfront and Meydenbauer Beach Park.
Fifty-thousand employees converge on downtown Bellevue each day, making rental property in high demand. An average one-bedroom in this Puget Sound gem goes for a steep lease price of $3,067 a month.
Just south of West Virginia University along the Monongahela River is the Morgantown downtown-adjacent neighborhood of South Park. The expanded neighborhood includes nearby Hopecrest, Greenmont and South Hills which are primarily parkland and single-family housing. But South Park proper is a growing suburban-style community just across Deckers Creek from the city center.
The district is mostly residential, with a number of small apartment complexes and several detached rental units. A few businesses are scattered throughout the area, but its primary appeal is proximity to shopping and nightlife both at the south end of downtown Morgantown across Deckers Creek Trail, as well as the trendy waterfront hotel and brewpub district just over Don Knotts Boulevard. Additionally, the campus of WVU is just a convenient ride a few blocks north.
South Park is just steps away from some of the hottest up-and-coming districts of Morgantown, a tech and education enclave in Appalachia. And no better time than now to get in on the action, as a one-bedroom rental in the neighborhood runs a paltry $593 a month on average.
Madison is many things: A state capital town, a college town, a foodie town and a winter town. But it also grabbed the title of “Top City for Tech Talent Growth" from CBRE.
This amalgamation of inhabitants has pushed rents higher in Madison's residential neighborhoods, none more so than Schenk-Atwood. The area is primarily residential homes, apartment complexes and “three-flats," a former blue-collar region transformed into a housing hotspot for musicians, artists, college students and young professionals in recent years.
The exception is the trendy, growing dining and nightlife enclave in the East Side triangle formed by Atwood Avenue, Eastwood Drive and Winnebago Street. Several popular bars and restaurants dot the block, along with the Barrymore Theater, a former adult movie house.
This convenient neighborhood and its tree-shaded streets is one of the most popular for residents of the Madison Isthmus, reflected in average rental rates for a one-bedroom running $1,544 monthly.
The growing neighborhood of South Cheyenne sits inside the southern notch of the city limits formed by the railyards south of downtown and the I-180/Lincoln Highway interchange. The neighborhood is almost entirely residential, with an increasing number of apartment complexes and low-rise rental buildings.
South Cheyenne is convenient to the state capital's downtown and its entertainment and commercial district, particularly the Accomplice Beer Company, which sits at the edge of South Cheyenne just across the railyard. As well, the fast food and convenience district is just past Lincoln Highway along Greeley.
As South Cheyenne continues to develop, especially as a brand new nearby 70,000-square-foot hotel, convention and entertainment district is set to open at Sweetgrass in 2021, rents will continue to rise. So, get in early while an average two–bedroom goes for just $900 a month.
|Rank||City||State||Neighborhood||Avg 1-BR Rent|
|1||San Francisco||CA||Rincon Hill||$4,794|
|5||Jersey City||NJ||Downtown Jersey City||$3,109|
|8||Alexandria||VA||Old Town North||$2,749|
|12||Philadelphia||PA||Center City West||$2,461|
|21||Minneapolis||MN||Cedar Isles - Dean||$2,009|
|24||New Orleans||LA||French Quarter - CBD||$1,903|
|26||Salem||NH||The North End||$1,841|
|30||Kansas City||MO||South Plaza||$1,706|
|32||Madison||WI||Schenk - Atwood||$1,544|
|34||Salt Lake City||UT||Sugar House||$1,482|
|37||Boise||ID||Downtown Boise City||$1,346|
|38||Omaha||NE||Aksarben - Elmwood Park||$1,311|
|41||Burlington||VT||Old North End||$1,263|
|45||Little Rock||AR||River Market||$935|
|50||Rapid City||SD||Downtown Rapid City||$717|
The rent information included in this article is based on average April 2019 one-bedroom multifamily rental property unit inventory on ApartmentGuide.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. Rental prices for Alaska, Maine, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming are from Lovely and Rentals.com. Neighborhoods were only included if they had at least five available properties.
The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.